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October 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
NBC is hoping to get a space-travel reality show off the ground this time.  The network is teaming up with producer Mark Burnett and billionaire Richard Branson to make "Space Race," a competition series that would send the winner up in SpaceShipTwo, a commercial space-travel service from Branson's Virgin Galactic. The series could offer Virgin a key opportunity to plug its services.  FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 "Virgin Galactic's mission is to democratize space, eventually making commercial space travel affordable and accessible to all," Branson wrote in a statement.
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February 27, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Each week, thousands of Christians gather for prayer and discussion at Liberty University's cavernous Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. One Monday morning in January, they listened to husband-and-wife film producing team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey pitch their new movie, "Son of God. " About 10,000 students and faculty members watched as the pair behind the hit History channel miniseries "The Bible" showed clips from the film and discussed its...
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July 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As a kingpin of nonscripted programming, Mark Burnett has won five prime time Emmys and been nominated for many more. But there's a special place in his heart for the recognition the TV academy gave him for “The Bible,” his History miniseries that picked up three nominations Thursday, including for outstanding miniseries or movie. “It's not like some people from Hollywood decided to make a Bible thing,” he said. “We completely believe in the Bible.” EMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Top nominees | Complete list | Recap | Nominee reactions Burnett, who executive-produced the 10-part series with his wife, actress Roma Downey, said he had wondered whether the program's commercial success would work against it with Emmy voters.
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February 25, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes   Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 23 - March 1, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Survivor The unscripted series returns for a new season. 8 p.m. CBS The Middle Frankie (Patricia Heaton) learns that Mike (Neil Flynn) is due to receive an award from the quarry for his 20 years of service in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit In the opener of a crossover with "Chicago PD," Det. Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush)
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July 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
A decade ago, "The Passion of the Christ" proved that tens of millions of Christians around the country would buy a ticket to see a film about Jesus Christ. Can a new movie repeat the feat? That's the question facing, of all people, the most successful reality-television producer working today, Mark Burnett. Burnett is making plans to bring the movie, primarily about the crucifixion and the resurrection, to a theater near you. The as-yet untitled film is a 2¼-hour distillation of "The Bible," the 10-hour History Channel miniseries that on Thursday landed an Emmy nomination . But Burnett told The Times that even viewers who watched the miniseries will find new angles in the film.
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July 1, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"The Bible" is getting its holy sequel. NBC said Monday it was teaming with resident producer Mark Burnett ("The Voice," "Celebrity Apprentice") for "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" (working title), the follow-up to this spring's popular cable miniseries "The Bible" from Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. It's the first announced project under the network's new mini-series initiative. “NBC is thrilled to bring this highly anticipated sequel to Mark and Roma's 'The Bible' to network television,” said Jennifer Salke, the network's president of entertainment, in a statement.  “There was huge interest in this project within the television community and NBC is gratified by Mark's confidence in our ability to partner with him and position this miniseries as true event television.“ VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview "The Bible," oddly enough, made history on an entirely different network: History Channel.
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March 3, 2013 | By T.L. Stanley
Mark Burnett, one of the most prolific reality-show producers on television, is going from scorched earth to burning bush. The former military paratrooper who made his name in Hollywood with back-biting, take-no-prisoners programs such as "Survivor," now in its 26th season, and "Celebrity Apprentice," is tackling the Bible in a 10-hour miniseries that marks his first foray into the scripted genre. The show, which launches Sunday on History channel and runs on consecutive Sundays through Easter, covers the Old and New Testaments and cherry-picks some of the best-known stories from Genesis to Revelation.
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August 8, 2009 | Scott Collins
Mark Burnett may look like the mind-bogglingly rich reality-TV producer behind CBS' "Survivor," but that's because you don't know him. He says he longs to be a millionaire dealmaker like those on his new ABC show "Shark Tank." Even though he's made a fortune cranking out programs for virtually every network on the dial, he still worries about his personal cash flow, just like the young entrepreneurs who need help on his show. Or at least he can pretend that he worries about such things, if only for the sake of framing his latest TV series as perfect for the deepest recession in 70 years.
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July 31, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
"Survivor" producer Mark Burnett, voting his longtime business manager off the island, contended Wednesday in a lawsuit that even after Conrad Riggs received more than $25 million during their decade-long relationship, Riggs engaged in schemes to enrich himself further. Burnett's countersuit comes three weeks after Riggs originally sued Burnett, the producer of such reality TV shows as "The Apprentice" and "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"
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September 23, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
NBC's "The Voice" managed to do something that "American Idol" has never accomplished, winning the Emmy for reality competition program. For producer Mark Burnett, the honor - and the separation from its reality singing contest competitor "Idol" - has been a goal from the outset. "It's a very different show," Burnett said backstage. "[Creator] John de Mol made sure there was no humiliation in 'The Voice.' People said this kind of show would never work, but we're back tomorrow night [with Season 5)
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December 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Bible" was a hit for History this year, so it only makes sense that more would be coming. On Tuesday, NBC announced the sequel -- "A.D. " -- is making the leap from cable to broadcast. It will air on NBC sometime in the spring of 2015. The 12-hour miniseries, executive produced by "The Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser, is expected to take up the story of the New Testament after the crucifixion of Jesus. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, "Everyone's lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ's death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time. In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection.
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October 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
NBC is hoping to get a space-travel reality show off the ground this time.  The network is teaming up with producer Mark Burnett and billionaire Richard Branson to make "Space Race," a competition series that would send the winner up in SpaceShipTwo, a commercial space-travel service from Branson's Virgin Galactic. The series could offer Virgin a key opportunity to plug its services.  FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 "Virgin Galactic's mission is to democratize space, eventually making commercial space travel affordable and accessible to all," Branson wrote in a statement.
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September 23, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
NBC's "The Voice" managed to do something that "American Idol" has never accomplished, winning the Emmy for reality competition program. For producer Mark Burnett, the honor - and the separation from its reality singing contest competitor "Idol" - has been a goal from the outset. "It's a very different show," Burnett said backstage. "[Creator] John de Mol made sure there was no humiliation in 'The Voice.' People said this kind of show would never work, but we're back tomorrow night [with Season 5)
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July 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
A decade ago, "The Passion of the Christ" proved that tens of millions of Christians around the country would buy a ticket to see a film about Jesus Christ. Can a new movie repeat the feat? That's the question facing, of all people, the most successful reality-television producer working today, Mark Burnett. Burnett is making plans to bring the movie, primarily about the crucifixion and the resurrection, to a theater near you. The as-yet untitled film is a 2¼-hour distillation of "The Bible," the 10-hour History Channel miniseries that on Thursday landed an Emmy nomination . But Burnett told The Times that even viewers who watched the miniseries will find new angles in the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As a kingpin of nonscripted programming, Mark Burnett has won five prime time Emmys and been nominated for many more. But there's a special place in his heart for the recognition the TV academy gave him for “The Bible,” his History miniseries that picked up three nominations Thursday, including for outstanding miniseries or movie. “It's not like some people from Hollywood decided to make a Bible thing,” he said. “We completely believe in the Bible.” EMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Top nominees | Complete list | Recap | Nominee reactions Burnett, who executive-produced the 10-part series with his wife, actress Roma Downey, said he had wondered whether the program's commercial success would work against it with Emmy voters.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"The Bible" is getting its holy sequel. NBC said Monday it was teaming with resident producer Mark Burnett ("The Voice," "Celebrity Apprentice") for "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" (working title), the follow-up to this spring's popular cable miniseries "The Bible" from Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. It's the first announced project under the network's new mini-series initiative. “NBC is thrilled to bring this highly anticipated sequel to Mark and Roma's 'The Bible' to network television,” said Jennifer Salke, the network's president of entertainment, in a statement.  “There was huge interest in this project within the television community and NBC is gratified by Mark's confidence in our ability to partner with him and position this miniseries as true event television.“ VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview "The Bible," oddly enough, made history on an entirely different network: History Channel.
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July 8, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
For nearly a decade, reality-show impresario Mark Burnett's chief deal maker and go-to guy was Conrad Riggs. They met in the late 1990s, when ambitious British-born entrepreneur Burnett was eager to break into show business after hawking T-shirts on Venice Beach and Riggs was a onetime low-level business executive for Walt Disney Co.
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May 17, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez and Scott Collins, Times Staff Writers
This week, Mark Burnett will dash through Manhattan streets like a crazed "Survivor" contestant in the Outback, dividing his crammed schedule among three and possibly four TV networks. The British-born adventurer turned reality-TV producer is scheduled to spend 90 minutes this morning in a downtown gym, scouting boxers for "The Contender," the unscripted series he's producing with Sylvester Stallone for NBC Universal.
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March 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The producers of History's enormous ratings hit "The Bible" may want to add a disclaimer to future episodes of the religious miniseries: Any resemblance between Satan and President Obama is purely coincidental. Given its subject matter, it was all but inevitable that "The Bible" would become a magnet for controversy, and so it has, though not for the reasons you might expect -- like, say, its emphasis on violence or its decidedly European-looking cast . No, the reason that executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett found themselves on the defensive on Monday is that a  number of viewers, including conservative pundit Glenn Beck, have noticed a resemblance between Obama and Mohamen Mehdi Ouzaani, the actor who plays the Devil in the miniseries.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2013 | By T.L. Stanley
Mark Burnett, one of the most prolific reality-show producers on television, is going from scorched earth to burning bush. The former military paratrooper who made his name in Hollywood with back-biting, take-no-prisoners programs such as "Survivor," now in its 26th season, and "Celebrity Apprentice," is tackling the Bible in a 10-hour miniseries that marks his first foray into the scripted genre. The show, which launches Sunday on History channel and runs on consecutive Sundays through Easter, covers the Old and New Testaments and cherry-picks some of the best-known stories from Genesis to Revelation.
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