Mark Burnett's Quotes
Biography of Mark Burnett
In Europe and Australia, there is something called the Tall Poppy Syndrome: People like to cut the tall poppies. They don't want you to succeed, and they cut you down - especially people from your own social class.Tags: Europe, Social, Succeed
In my teens, I joined the Parachute Regiment. I jumped out of lots of airplanes, as much as the Government budget would allow us to. I did two active tours of duty: Northern Ireland, and then the Falklands war.Tags: Duty, Government, War
Singing shows are fun. Every viewer has their own opinion. We all know whether we think a voice sounds good or not. There's a play-along element. All these shows can be supported.Tags: Fun, Good, Opinion
So many people wanted an adventure. It was really more about finding the cast that I wanted for 'Expedition Impossible,' so it had good diversity, and people could really say, 'Oh, there's the firefighters, there's the team of cops, there's the grandpa' - so that you can really relate with them.Tags: Good, Impossible, Team
'Survivor' wouldn't have happened had I not gone out there and helped CBS to sell sponsors to finance the first one. Part of my thinking on 'Survivor' was that it should have rewards that are corporate brands. A Big Mac, one thimble-full of Coca-Cola.Tags: Big, Finance, Thinking
The way I see it, more people are wired with broadband from 9 to 5 during the day than watch TV at night. So therefore isn't the real prime time 9 to 5? Playing games at your desk - that's the new prime time, isn't it?Tags: Night, Real, Time
Whether it is the cavemen in the caves thousands of years ago, Shakespeare plays, television, movies and books, stories and characters take us on a journey. All I do is tell those stories without scripts and without actors.Tags: Movies, Tell, Whether
If you want to be certain, you should never get married. You should never change jobs. In fact, you might as well just stay home. Because I don't know anybody who is certain. That need to be certain is just procrastination.Tags: Change, Fact, Home
I learned firsthand that there would simply be no wars if people engaged in real conversation.Tags: Learned, Real, Simply
How many times have you been out for a beer or dinner and people are coming up with business ideas? Everybody wants to think they've got that great business idea.Tags: Beer, Business, Great
I heard my name associated with the Peter Pan syndrome more than once. But really, what's so wrong with Peter Pan? Peter Pan flies. He is a metaphor for dreams and faith.Tags: Dreams, Faith, Wrong
In Botswana in the Kalahari Desert there's a tented camp called Jack's Camp, which is like old Africa meets Ralph Lauren. The Oriental rugs, the old leather chairs - you feel like you've just jumped out of a Ralph Lauren ad.Tags: Africa, Desert, Old
You've heard the saying, 'Analysis creates paralysis.' You can't be 100 percent sure of anything.Tags: Heard, Saying, Sure
I found a nanny/child care position in Beverly Hills taking care of a 3-year-old and a 17-year-old. They had a large, wealthy house. I learned that I liked the way rich people lived. I learned that they were not smarter than me.Tags: Care, Learned, Rich
When I see someone in a military uniform I make it a point to approach them, shake their hand and say five words... 'thank you for your service.' 'Stars Earn Stripes' is a high energy, fun, action show, but at its heart it is all about those five words.Tags: Fun, Heart, Someone
America is the most giving nation on Earth. One of the best ways to feel better is by doing something for somebody else.Tags: America, Best, Giving
'Content is King,' and with more screens needing entertaining content now than at any time in history, that statement is truer than ever.Tags: Content, History, Time
I needed to be in the bush. There I find solitude and beauty and purity and focus. That's where my heart lies.Tags: Beauty, Focus, Heart
My kids - even though it's a family business - they don't even know what day or time 'Survivor' is even on. They just know it's on TiVo.Tags: Business, Family, Time
My mantra is: Realize you're going to fail all the time, and accept it. That doesn't mean I'm not frightened of it.Tags: Accept, Mean, Time
The world is changing, and the Internet is about to become the next broadcast network.Tags: Become, Internet, Next
There are screens at the gas station, there are screens at the shopping mall. And they all need content.Tags: Content, Gas, Shopping
Every show on television has a downward trend because there are so many more things to watch. You can only deal with what is the benchmark of a hit series and 'Survivor' clearly remains a hit series.Tags: Deal, Show, Television
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I honestly think that in five years time, television will be watched on computer screens anyway and you'll be doing multiple things. You'll be 'IMing' while you're watching a show and checking the news.Tags: Show, Time, While
I learned in America that Americans are into results. Americans don't care where you came from, what your family did, what school you graduated from. They care about if you can deliver the results. That's what makes America the country it is.Tags: Care, Family, School
I look at decisions like - it's like an Indiana Jones movie. The guy comes to a rope ladder, and he's being chased. There's uncertainty on the other side, but he knows when he gets to the other side, he's going to take his machete and cut the rope ladder behind him. He has no retreat.Tags: Decisions, Guy, Him
I very much like Kenya. It's hard to beat the Masai Mara and the idea of ballooning across it. I have a great time at Lewa. There's more rhinos than you'll find anywhere. A great part for the children is you can ride horses with the giraffes and the zebra.Tags: Children, Great, Time
I've always liked adventure television. Pre-'Survivor,' I did a series on cable called 'Eco-Challenge,' an adventure race with experts mainly, and here we have 'Expedition Impossible.' I like the outdoors and I like doing something fresh for television you haven't seen before.Tags: Adventure, Here, Impossible