Born: Jul 17, 1960 AD
Currently alive, at 53 years of age.
1960 - James Mark Burnett was born on July 17th, into a working-class family in Myland, Essex, England. An English entrepreneur, adventure racing promoter and television producer; creator and executive producer of the television series "Survivor."
1977-1982 - He took military service in the British Army (Northern Ireland, Falklands War).
- He became a naturalized American citizen.
1990 - Burnett conceived the Eco-Challenge, an international extreme-sports competition.
1995 - First broadcast of the Eco-Challenge television series featured mixed-sex teams in arduous multisport competitions emphasizing esprit de corps (a team was disqualified if one member dropped out) and environmental consciousness (competitors were required to carry away all waste).
2000-2001 - Burnett published a number of books—"Survivor: The Ultimate Game", "Survivor II: The Field Guide", and the autobiographical "Dare to Succeed: How to Survive and Thrive in the Game of Life".
2002-2004 - Preferring the term unscripted drama to reality show, Burnett also produced "The Casino", a behind-the-scenes look at the revamped Golden Nugget hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Less-successful projects included the documentary-style show "The Restaurant, which chronicled the turbulent life of a Manhattan eatery, "Combat Missions", which failed to attract an audience, and a competition for would-be astronauts that was abandoned at the planning stage.
2005 - Scheduled to debut were "The Contender", which would follow a select group of young boxers as they competed against one another, and the tentatively titled "Rock Star", a search for a new lead singer for the band INXS.
- Burnett, the creative force behind the blockbuster hit Survivor, scored another smash hit with "The Apprentice". The show, which was nominated for four Emmy Awards, revolved around 16 ambitious candidates competing for a full-time job with billionaire real-estate developer Donald Trump.
2006 - Announced engagement to girlfriend Roma Downey on December 2nd.
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