Speaker's Biography:

Mark Burnett
President and Founder, Mark Burnett Productions Inc.

Mark Burnett is President and Founder of Mark Burnett productions. He pioneered the success of "reality television," beginning with the adventure series "Eco-Challenge." "Eco-Challenge: British Columbia" earned him a 1996 Sports Emmy nomination; in 2000, he received a Sports Emmy Award for "Eco-Challenge: Morocco," and in 2001, he received another nomination, for "Eco-Challenge: Borneo." In 2004, his program "Survivor" earned the Favorite Reality-Based Television Program People's Choice Award, its fourth consecutive victory. Burnett also introduced "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump and expanded the programming by adding Martha Stewart as host. In 2004, Burnett was featured in Time′s "Time 100 List" of the most influential people in the world. In 2005, he introduced "The Contender," which earned two Emmy nominations. In addition, Burnett has authored two books about "Survivor," as well as Dare to Succeed and Jump In! He is the latest recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year Award, presented by the Reality Cares Foundation; is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and serves on the board of the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation.