Television Maverick & Emmy Award(R) Winner Mark Burnett Set to Executive Produce the 16th Annual 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS
Star-Studded Ceremony to Air Live for First Time on Sunday, June 3rd
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 11 -- MTV: Music
Television announced today that revolutionary, Emmy Award(R) winning
producer, Mark Burnett will executive produce the 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS.
The network also announced that for the first time in Movie Awards history,
the sixteenth annual show will premiere live on MTV, Sunday June 3rd from
Los Angeles, California. With the legendary golden popcorn up for grabs in
such eccentric categories as "Best Kiss," "Best Villain," and "Best Comedic
Performance," along with the debut of several new awards, the 2007 MTV
MOVIE AWARDS promises to be as memorable as ever.
Salli Frattini, who has served as executive producer of the Movie
Awards for the past 10 years, will return and work closely with Burnett as
well. The star-studded event is MTV's irreverent nod to the typical awards
shows celebrating the year's best in movies, stand-out musical performances
and more. Hailed for clever, one-of-a-kind film parodies, sexy lip locking
moments from the likes of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair, and
outrageous acceptance speeches such as Jim Carrey's comedic rant surrounded
by 60 angels, the MTV Movie Awards has produced some of the most
unforgettable and outrageous moments in award show history!
One of the driving forces behind reality television and a true
visionary, Mark Burnett has enjoyed a long history of executive producing
Emmy Award(R)- winning television, with "Survivor," "The Apprentice," "Rock
Star," "Contender" and the upcoming "On The Lot." Burnett's entrepreneurial
spirit pioneered the success of the reality "unscripted" drama series,
garnered skyrocketing ratings and introduced millions worldwide to an
entirely new television genre. He is also credited with revolutionizing
product integration on television and creating new multimedia platforms,
such as "Gold Rush" for advertisers and online audiences.
"Mark has great ideas and vision for the Movie Awards, and I know he's
going to bring some fresh energy to the show," said Christina Norman,
President, MTV. "I can't wait to see how his vision comes together to
create a one of a kind experience for the Movie Awards, on television and
"I began my career at MTV with Eco-Challenge and worked closely with
Salli Frattini on every aspect of that project. I love MTV and I especially
love its Movie Awards, so when you combine MTV, Salli Frattini and movies
it was easy to say yes," said Mark Burnett. "Adding a live element to the
Movie Awards irreverence and spoofs, it simply means ... anything can
happen. Buckle your seatbelts!"
Location and nominees for the 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS will be announced
in the spring.
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the
world's leading creators of programming and content across all media
platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and
operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC
TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV
LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE
DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of
these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its
audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than
95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless
and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements,
joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming
services can be seen worldwide.
About Mark Burnett Productions
Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in
content for both primetime television and the internet. MBP revolutionized
television with hits such as Eco-Challenge, Survivor, The Apprentice, The
Contender, Rock Star: INXS, Rock Star: Supernova and its upcoming
co-production with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, On The Lot.
MBP has also partnered with AOL on the highly successful adventure Gold
Rush, the first-ever unscripted project to be produced exclusively for the
internet. MBP also successfully reintroduced product placement as an
integral part of each of its shows and has garnered a total of 42 Emmy
nominations since 2001. Mark Burnett was listed as the #1 Most Valuable
Player by TV Guide and was named one of the Top 100 most influential people
in the world today by Time Magazine.