Al Berman, four-time Emmy Award winner and executive producer of "Survivor: The Reunion," one of the highest-rated shows in the history of summer television, has launched Media Street Productions, Inc., a television and Internet production and consulting company focusing on the reality space.
Berman, former executive producer of "CBS This Morning" and "The Early Show," was tabbed by CBS to produce "Survivor: The Reunion," the one-hour special hosted by Bryant Gumbel that followed the finale of the 13-part blockbuster series on Wednesday, August 23rd.
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The special, which brought together in a Los Angeles studio all 16 of the castaways who competed for a $1 million prize while on an island in the South China Sea, drew a 22.5 rating and 36 share and was watched by a Nielsen-estimated 38.77 million viewers. It dominated its time slot in virtually every demographic grouping, including the coveted adults 18-49 category (18.1/44 share).
In addition to special projects, such as "Survivor: The Reunion," Berman also oversees production of the popular weekly Public Television series "MoneyHunt," with its accompanying narrow and broadband Website for entrepreneurs: http://www.moneyhunt.com.
Berman, Media Street's founder and president, carries an impressive set of credentials to his new endeavor, having held key producing positions at CBS and ABC, earning four Emmy Awards at those venues.
He received two national Emmy awards for graphics design, overseeing the new look of CBS News and earned a third national Emmy Award for hard news coverage in the prime time broadcast, "48 Hours." His fourth national Emmy was presented for hard news coverage on the "CBS Evening News." He also earned a UPI award for best local broadcast while working at WABC-TV in New York.
Berman served as executive producer of both "The Early Show," the network's new morning news broadcast (1999) and "CBS Morning News" (1997-99). Prior to that, he was executive producer of CBS News "This Morning," where he oversaw the innovative local-national format of the broadcast. His expertise and versatility also took him Nagano, Japan as executive producer of CBS Sports morning coverage of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
Previously, Berman was the executive producer of "Off Tenth," the offbeat daily primetime program produced by CBS News Productions for the CBS Eye on People cable channel (1996-97). Before his "Off Tenth" assignment, Berman served as senior producer for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" (1991-96) where his foreign assignments included the U.S. military interventions in Panama, Somalia, Haiti and Kuwait. He also was senior producer for "America Tonight with Lesley Stahl and Charles Kuralt."
Prior to joining CBS News, he served as executive producer at WABC-TV New York and as broadcast producer for WDIV-TV Detroit and WTVJ-TV Miami.
Through Media Street, Berman, who serves as "MoneyHunt's" Chief Operating Officer, will oversee the weekly television show, steering its expansion into additional markets both nationwide and overseas. Media Street also will play a key role in growing "MoneyHunt's" new media arm, particularly as it rolls out its aggressive broadband initiative.
The show features two early-stage entrepreneurs who are allotted 12 pressure-packed minutes to convince a panel of business experts that their business plan is the Next Big Winner. The panel then gives its opinions on whether the business can find financing in the competitive race for venture capital.