Widely credited with inventing the modern reality television genre, Jonathan Murray inspires, influences and entertains television audiences worldwide. Since the 1992 launch of The Real World (MTV), he has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted television programs. Under Murray’s leadership, Bunim/Murray Productions created the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003.
BMP’s current programming includes Mariah’s World, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Rob & Chyna, Total Divas,Total Bellas and So Cosmo (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime), Valerie’s Home Cooking (Food Network), Born This Way (A&E), The Gary Owen Show (BET), Earth Live (National Geographic), Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix), The Selection: Special Operations Experiment (History) and Chachi’s World (go90).
In 2005, Murray earned his first Emmy Award for Starting Over (Syndication) and in 2009, his second for Autism: The Musical (HBO). In 2012, Murray was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Murray graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Los Angeles. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Semester at Sea and is on the Board of Governors of the Television Academy.