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Reality Check by Michael Essany

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Living Reality

On even the most ordinary of days in Los Angeles, one can easily identify more than a few Hollywood moguls enjoying lunch in a chic café, shopping on Rodeo Drive, or dodging paparazzi around every imaginable corner. But though those who command such unremitting attention frequently lead flamboyant lifestyles that render anonymity impossible, one of the entertainment industry’s biggest players blends surprisingly unnoticed into the casual flow of “ordinary folk” traffic. Reality TV super-producer Mark Burnett, namely, ranks chief among such extraordinary ordinaries.

I first met the iconic creator and executive producer of Survivor and The Apprentice after unknowingly standing beside him for 15 minutes in the lobby ...

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