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August 01, 2012

Jonathan Murray, Reality Programming

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. Bunim-Murray’s current programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons and Total Divas (E!); The Real World and The Challenge (MTV); Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Under the Gunn (Lifetime); Motor City Masters (truTV); and Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen). 

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.

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. Bunim-Murray’s current programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons and Total Divas (E!); The Real World and The Challenge (MTV); Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Under the Gunn (Lifetime); Motor City Masters (truTV); and Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen). 

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.

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