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    Matt Kunitz
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    Matt Kunitz
    Executive producer, FremantleMedia North America

    When NBC greenlighted a reboot of Fear Factor with original host Joe Rogan (the show had been off the air since 2006), Kunitz admits revisiting the series was bizarre.

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    “When we came back, it was like we had been in a coma, woke up and went back to work,” he says. After a busy 12-year relationship with Endemol, he is embarking on a new, lucrative two-year deal with FremantleMedia that will include developing what he calls “gigantic action-adventure shows.”

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    The L.A.-based New York native, 43, who began his career answering phones at Bunim/Murray Productions, is waiting for the day “a shiny-floor game show” in an air-conditioned studio comes his way. While recently standing in 100-degree weather on Wipeout’s San Fernando Valley set, he wondered aloud, “Why couldn’t I have done Deal or No Deal?

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