Bertram van Munster is a ten-time Emmy® award-winning producer, director and television pioneer. With more than four decades spent developing and producing entertainment content across the globe, he is one of the industry’s most respected and creative forces.
Together with Elise Doganieri, his producing partner, van Munster runs The New Media Collective, an award-winning full-service production company that develops and produces programming for the worldwide marketplace.
Van Munster is best known for creating the long-running competition series The Amazing Race (produced through WorldRace Productions Inc.), which is currently producing its 33rd season for CBS. Since launching in 2001, the series has televised more than 400 episodes, and is seen in 80+ countries, with local versions of the show also produced in Asia, Australia, South America, Israel, Canada and Europe. AR CHINA garnered 890 million platform views the first season, while AR Canada has been the number 1 show for each of its seven seasons. AR Israel continues to rate in the top 5 shows in that country after 7 seasons. For The Amazing Race, van Munster has earned ten Emmy awards, a DGA award, three PGA awards, and most recently, the 2013 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Reality Program.
In addition to The Amazing Race, van Munster produced the groundbreaking new series The Quest for ABC, which premiered the summer of 2014. In 2013 he also produced, Fight Master: Bellator MMA for Spike. In 2012 he also produced for TNT the series The Great Escape, marking TNT’s foray into unscripted programming. Other recent series include Oprah’s Big Give, Take The Money & Run, and Profiles from the Front Line, all for ABC.
In addition to network series, van Munster also has been working in the branded entertainment space, having produced for Ford two innovative, interactive programs; Focus Rally: America, which aired live on the FORD portal as well as same day on Hulu, and Escape Routes, which aired on NBC, and simultaneously online. The New Media Collective is currently in development on new itegrations of this program as well as new endeavors with other brands. Van Munster also has a long-standing relationship with the National Geographic Society, having shot, produced, and directed various series, specials, and projects all over the world.
Van Munster created and executive produced for Paramount Domestic Television Wild Things, a hit syndicated adventure series that traversed some of the world’s most inhospitable regions. The project incorporated a groundbreaking new scope and style that’s credited with changing the way wildlife productions are filmed.
Before his association with Paramount, Bertram produced nearly 200 episodes of FOX’s long-running primetime series,Cops.
He began his career as a director and cinematographer, helming more than 2000 high-end television commercials.