20th Anniversary Executive Committee - Realscreen Summit 2018
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Founder & Executive Consultant
Widely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide. Since the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992, Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted, entertainment television programs. Most recently he Executive Produced A&E’s acclaimed series, Born This Way, about young adults with Down Syndrome and their families. The series won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series.
Besides The Challenge, which is in its 29th season, Murray has executive produced: Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Total Divas, Road Rules, The Challenge, The Simple Life, Starting Over (Emmy Award), and Making the Band, as well as the feature film The Real Cancun, the television movie, Pedro, and the documentaries, Autism: The Musical (HBO/Emmy Award), Shadow Billionaire, Valentine Road (HBO), and They Call Us Monsters (PBS).
Jonathan Murray graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Los Angeles. Murray serves on the Board of Trustees of Semester at Sea and is on the Board of of the disability non-profit, RespectablityUSA. In 2012, Murray was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.