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 Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series.
Besides The Real World, which most recently streamed in the US, Mexico, and Thailand on Facebook Watch, Murray has executive produced: Family or Fiancé (OWN), Project Runway, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Simple Life, Road Rules, The Challenge, Starting Over (Emmy Award), and Making the Band, as well as the feature filmThe Real Cancun, the television movie, Pedro, and the documentaries, Autism: The Musical (HBO) (Emmy Award), Shadow Billionaire (CNBC), Valentine Road (HBO), They Call Us Monsters (PBS), as well as two documentaries for HBO released in 2020, Autism: The Sequel, and Transhood.
Jonathan Murray graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Los Angeles. Murray serves on the Board of Directors of The Television Academy Foundation, and on the Board of RespectAbility, an organization that advances opportunities for people with disabilities. In 2012, Murray was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.