Mark Burnett Interview


When it comes to Survivor guests, there really is no bigger guest than Mark Burnett. The man behind bringing the TV juggernaut to our screens, Mark forever changed the landscape of TV in the noughties by making reality TV a dominant force, and through his time has picked up four Emmy awards, four People’s Choice awards and even has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. A man with this much knowledge and background obviously has a bit to say about the show, and even interestingly enough needs help from the very fans who he helped create. And what is this talk about Survivor on Mars?

 MarkBurnett1Originally from England, Mark served in the British Army and fought in the Falklands War, before leaving for the United States at the age of 22. Through a long stretch he got into TV producing and became a US citizen in 1990. He had a hit show with Eco Challenge in the 90s before bringing Survivor to our screens in 2000. The show would become the most watched summer TV series in over 25 years and the finale of the first season was the second most watched episode of TV in the US for the entire decade between 2000 and 2009. Since Survivor he has been involved in other hits such as The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? as well as the US version of The Voice. He was listed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘top 100 most influential people in the World’ in 2004.

In our exclusive interview with the man behind the series, he talks about what the future holds for Survivor, where we might see future seasons be filmed, his experiences in Australia, whether or not we will ever see an all-winners season, a season set in a cold-climate or even a season on Mars, his various formats in Australia, his love of New Zealand and even the prospects of a season in Tasmania, why there hasn’t been a tribe colour of green in over 7 seasons as well as his thoughts on some of the twists over the years, his favourite and memorable moments in the show as well as asking our listeners for help in a unique task!

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