FROM Mark Burnett
Producer Mark Burnett on Faith, Family and Facial Hair Mark Burnett on how faith has been a guiding force in television. The newly clean-shaven producer shares how he keeps Survivor feeling fresh, what he thinks of the Duggars and why he’s convinced The Voice will never go off the air. Note: This podcast contains explicit language.
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on 'The Bible' Mark Burnett's name is synonymous with big reality competition shows -- Survivor, The Voice, and Celebrity Apprentice -- but the passion project he made with his wife, Roma Downey, is a massive franchise in the making. The Bible is a five-part miniseries that aired on History Channel. It garnered huge ratings, plus an Emmy nomination. Burnett and Downey, herself an actress who starred in the CBS show Touched by an Angel and who plays Mother Mary in The Bible -- are devout Christians. They talk with Kim Masters about how they found that The Bible series gave people in the industry permission to talk about God. They plan to turn the series into a feature film, followed by a sequel on NBC.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.