Turning a Camera, Stress and the Wild Into a Sudden Hit

LESS than a decade ago Mark Burnett was competing in adventure races, an experience that led to his life plan: he would bring the sport to America, which was having a love affair with the outdoors, sport utility vehicles and extreme sports.

To American athletes and television audiences, Mr. Burnett, who had no previous experience in television, brought the ”Eco-Challenge Expedition Race,” a several-hundred-miles-long endurance contest on foot, kayak and horseback in exotic locales that pits teams of four against themselves, each other, the whims of nature, and Mr. Burnett.

That was only the beginning. Now, as executive producer, he has brought to television the highly rated ”Survivor,” his jungle-theme soap opera/game show. Read more

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