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Jonathan Murray

  • Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Birthday: October 26

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 including Born This Way (A&E) which documents the lives of young adults with Down Syndrome and their families. 

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 including Born This Way (A&E) which documents the lives of young adults with Down Syndrome and their families. 

Besides The Real World, which is in its 31st season, Murray has executive produced Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Total Divas, Road Rules, The Challenge, The Simple Life, Starting Over (Emmy Award), and Making the Band, as well as the feature film The Real Cancun, the television movie Pedro, and the documentaries Autism: The Musical (Emmy Award), Shadow Billionaire, Valentine Road, and They Call Us Monsters, which premieres in June 2016 at the LA Film Festival.

Jonathan Murray graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Los Angeles. Murray serves on the Board of Trustees of Semester at Sea and Respectability USA, and is on the Board of Governors of the Television Academy.

Jonathan Murray was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame with his producing partner Mary-Ellis Bunim in 2012.

 

 

 

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2 Wins11 Nominations

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program - 2017

  • Nominee
  • Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
  • Born This Way
  • A&E
  • Bunim/Murray Productions

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - 2017

  • Nominee
  • Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
  • Project Runway
  • Lifetime
  • The Weinstein Company, Bunim/Murray Productions, Full Picture Entertainment and Heidi Klum Company

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - 2016

  • Nominee
  • Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
  • Project Runway
  • Lifetime
  • The Weinstein Company

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program - 2016

  • Winner
  • Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
  • Born This Way
  • A&E
  • Bunim/Murray Productions

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - 2015

  • Nominee
  • Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
  • Project Runway
  • Lifetime
  • The Weinstein Company, Bunim/Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment

Outstanding Reality-competition Program - 2014

Outstanding Reality - Competition Program - 2013

  • Nominee
  • Jonathan Murray,
  • Project Runway
  • Lifetime
  • The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture

Outstanding Reality - Competition Program - 2012

  • Nominee
  • Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
  • Project Runway
  • Lifetime
  • The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture

Outstanding Reality - Competition Program - 2011

  • Nominee
  • Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
  • Project Runway
  • Lifetime
  • The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture

Outstanding Nonfiction Special - 2008

  • Winner
  • Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
  • Autism: The Musical
  • HBO
  • Bunim-Murray Productions and In Effect Films in association with HBO Documentary Films

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