Bunim-Murray Shuffles Execs

Nov 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Bunim-Murray Productions, the company often credited with launching the reality television craze in 1992 with its MTV hit “The Real World,” is reorganizing its executive staff.

In the company’s first major restructuring since the death of BMP co-founder Mary-Ellis Bunim in January, fellow co-founder Jonathan Murray has moved into the newly created post of chairman and president, while former Chief Operating Officer Joey Carson has been tapped as CEO. Despite the absence of Ms. Bunim and the promotion of Mr. Carson, there are no plans to change the company’s name.

In the new structure, Mr. Murray will focus primarily on the creative direction of BMP’s properties while Mr. Carson oversees the management and growth of the company. Mr. Carson will serve as co-executive producer on all Bunim-Murray shows and guide the company’s move into the scripted-series arena, with projects such as the recently announced Malibu, Calif.-set drama “Point Dume.”

Mr. Murray said Mr. Carson is the ideal choice to head the growing company, which is responsible for such shows as MTV’s “Road Rules,” Fox’s “The Simple Life” and “The Rebel Billionaire: Branson’s Quest for the Best” and NBC Universal’s syndicated series “Starting Over” in addition to “The Real World,” now in its 15th season.

“Bunim-Murray Productions has grown tremendously in the three years since Joey joined the company as COO, and I know that his leadership will bring continued success in the years to come,” Mr. Murray said.