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PGA to bestow Norman Lear Award on Mark Burnett

October 27, 2009 |  4:21 pm


Producer Mark Burnett, whose vast television fiefdom includes such hit programs as "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" is the 2010 recipient of the Norman Lear Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA). The award will be presented to Burnett at the 21st Annual PGA Awards on Jan. 24, 2010, at the Hollywood Palladium.

Burnett is the first reality programming producer to receive the Lear Award; previous winners include Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels and David Chase, who took home the 2009 award. In addition to the aforementioned programs, Burnett, who has programs on all four major networks, oversees the daytime syndicated program "Martha," "Bully Beatdown" and "Shark Tank," and will serve as producer of the 36th annual People's Choice Awards in 2010. Burnett's shows have netted a staggering 60 Emmy nominations, including two wins for best reality series and four People's Choice Awards. He has also been named one of the most influential people in the world by "Time" magazine, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. And you think you lead a busy life.

-- Paul Gaita

Pictured: Mark Burnett. Photo: Associated Press