On September 22nd, top TV producer Mark Burnett won an Emmy award for his program The Voice. During his acceptance speech, Burnett also made several keen observations about the state of television today.
Mark Burnett is one of the top success stories in television. Famed as creator/producer of Survivor, Burnett also created and produced The Apprentice, The Voice, and the wildly popular History Channel mini-series The Bible.
When discussing his successes in Hollywood, Burnett has been adamant – and outspoken – about the fact that he is dedicated to making shows families can watch together. Earlier this year, Burnett told TV Guide, “I only make family-friendly programming, and it’s worked out pretty well for me.”
The producer repeated those sentiments after The Voice won this year’s Emmy for Best Reality Competition Series. Burnett noted that The Voice has “a kind format…There’s no humiliation. People said these shows would never work without humiliation, and that’s not true. Americans love kindness and great music.” (This is in stark contrast to Fox’s American Idol, which in the early part of each season delights in humiliating aspiring competitors, and which is laden with nasty, sarcastic commentary from its judges.)
The PTC is proud to have Burnett as part of the PTC “family.” We thank him for his comments, and his continued dedication to providing programming safe and welcoming for families…and we congratulate him on his well-deserved Emmy.