Fiji was beautiful, challenging and exotic: Burnett

Chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group and Eco Challenge director Mark Burnett at the launch of the World's tougest Eco challenge at Nabita District School in Tailevu on Monday. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

THE choice to bring ‘Eco-Challenge’ back to Fiji was an easy decision to make for executive producer Mark Burnett.

Mr Burnett, who is also the current chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group, last produced Eco-Challenge – shot here in 2002 – and US Survivor in 2006.

He said “Fiji was beautiful, challenging and exotic”.

“I have an extremely experienced event and television team and the first decision I had to take was where I would do it. It was an easy choice to make. I had a lot of experience in Fiji and of course it’s also the film and television capability in this country is un-parallelled. We have hired hundreds of Fijian people. Not only are they working and earning but they are gaining a great skill in Hollywood production and event business. I’ve worked for years of my life in and out of Fiji and I love Fiji,” he told those present at the launch in Tailevu.

Burnett produced TV series that have been nominated for a total of 143 Emmys.

He has personally won twelve Emmy Awards, five Producers Guild of America Awards, seven Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and six People’s Choice Awards.

About 60 teams from 30 countries will take part in one of the toughest multi-sport endurance race in the world where teams of adventure athletes will race non-stop, 24 hours a day.

They will race through seven provinces in Fiji including Lomaiviti, Namosi, Nadroga/Navosa, Namosi, Naitasiri, Serua, Tailevu and Ba; crossing the borders of more than 100 villages and covering a total distance of 670 kilometres.

The ultimate expedition race will be produced into a ten episode TV series by MGM Television and premier exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, and aired in over 200 countries.

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