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    Bertram Van Munster
    Bertram Van Munster
    Co-creator and co-executive producer, The Amazing Race

    Losing the Emmy for the first time in the reality-competition category’s history in 2010 was a blow to Van Munster, but it made it that much sweeter when the CBS series reclaimed the kudos from Top Chef last September.

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    “Normally people don’t go back to winning,” he says. “It means that the academy takes the show very seriously.”

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    The Netherlands-born Van Munster estimates he has circled the globe 57 times in the last 10 years for Race, seeing little fluctuation in ratings in that time. His biggest non-Race endeavor is the summer launch of The Great Escape: a collaboration between Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Van Munster’s producer-wife, Elise Doganieri, the 10-episode run marks TNT’s foray into the reality genre.

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