Most Likely to Succeed
Bunim-Murray has launched dozens of its on and offscreen talent into the industry's upper echelon; for the 10 alumni below, reality TV brought fame for all the right reasons.
Cris Abrego: A former coordinating producer on The Real Word and Road Rules, Abrego co-founded the production company 51 Minds with business partner Mark Cronin in 2004. Together, they launched a slew of successful "celebreality" series for VH1, including The Surreal Life, My Fair Brady and Rock of Love With Bret Michaels.
Jacinda Barrett: The Australia-born actress and model parlayed her beauty and 1995 stint on The Real World: London, the franchise's fourth season, into the rarest of reality commodities: a legitimate acting career. Barrett has appeared in such feature films as Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, The Namesake and Poseidon.
Jill Dickerson: Dickerson cut her teeth as a story editor on The Real World: Hawaii in 1999 before transitioning to a gig as supervising story editor on MTV's Making the Band. Today, she is vp programming at the Oprah Winfrey Network in Los Angeles, where she has ushered such unscripted series as Welcome to Sweetie Pies and Our America With Lisa Ling.
Sean Duffy: An alum of The Real World's sixth season set in Boston, Duffy launched a successful political campaign and ultimately earned a seat in the House of Representatives for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district in 2010. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and Joint Economic Committee.
Jody Hill: The North Carolina native served as a story editor on Road Rules in 2002 and went on to co-create HBO's cult comedy Eastbound & Down. He also is a successful film director, having helmed the comedies The Foot Fist Way (inspired by his own experiences as a Taekwondo instructor), Seth Rogen's Observe and Report and the forthcoming L.A.P.I., starring frequent collaborator and fellow southerner Danny McBride.
Kit Hoover: Hoover's big break came in 1995 when she appeared in the inaugural season of Road Rules while still studying journalism at the University of North Carolina. The Atlanta native went on to higher-profile work as a correspondent for Fox News and ESPN and now starts her mornings as the ultrapeppy co-host of Access Hollywood's daytime show alongside frontman Billy Bush.
Teri Kennedy: Kennedy served as a director on The Real World: Seattle and Hawaii before becoming a producer on CBS' Survivor from 2005 to 2008. Today, Kennedy is vp production at Oxygen, overseeing reality fare like Jersey Couture.
Matt Kunitz: A former supervising producer on The Real World (and onetime wearer of a ponytail), Kunitz went on to produce Fear Factor, Wipeout and 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show. This March, after six years at NBCUniversal and six at Endemol, Kunitz made headlines by signing a lucrative deal with FremantleMedia to develop and produce more unscripted series.
Kevin Powell: He made his mark as the most politically outspoken castmember of the first season of The Real World in 1992. Following the show, Powell enjoyed steady work as a teacher and scribe, including working as a senior writer at Vibe magazine. In 2010, he was a Democratic candidate for Congress in his hometown of Brooklyn and today is a sought-after speaker on black history and civil rights.
Tal Rabinowitz: Rabinowitz kick-started her career in television as a production assistant at Bunim/Murray and quickly advanced to land at Sony Pictures Television in 2009. As senior vp comedy development, she developed such series as Showtime's The Big C, ABC's Happy Endings and Fox's Breaking In before moving to NBC in May. Today she serves as the network's executive vp comedy.