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    Jonathan Murray
    Jonathan Murray
    Chairman, Bunim/Murray Productions

    Having co-created The Real World with his late partner Mary Ellis-Bunim, Murray, 57, has earned the unofficial title of godfather of reality television.

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    More than two decades later, the series about seven strangers living together in a house continues to deliver for host network MTV, where it was recently renewed for a 28th season.

    Murray acknowledges Real World would likely struggle to get on air today. “It’s almost too pure and doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles,” he says, noting the show’s tameness by comparison to such spectacles as MTV’s other staple, Jersey Shore.

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    Murray’s other efforts include Road Rules, Project Runway and the hugely successful if at times controversial Kardashian franchise. Up next from Murray and Bunim/Murray president Gil Goldschein is Mrs. Eastwood & Company, an E! docuseries about Clint Eastwood’s family.

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