Location: Van Nuys, CA
Producers Jonathan Murray and Mary-Ellis Bunim formed Bunim/Murray Productions in 1987. The credit (or blame) for “inventing reality TV” is often laid at their door, and it’s true that Bunim/Murray is a pioneer and still an innovator in the reality genre. In recent years, a feature film unit (BMP Films) and a music management arm (M-Music) have been added to the original mission.
- The Real World
- Road Rules
- The Bad Girls Club
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians
What to Expect
Bunim/Murray Productions accepts applications for entry-level positions like office production assistant and tape logger on a rolling basis. These roles can lead to advancement to postproduction coordinator, editing assistant, and field crew positions. Entry-level jobs require a bachelor’s degree (preferably film/TV production) or equivalent experience in entertainment production. BMP edits on Final Cut Pro, so proven knowledge of the program is a plus.
The reality show production business is fast-paced; those applying here need to demonstrate their ability to work efficiently, meet short turnaround deadlines, and handle stress with grace. Keep in mind that as producers of reality television, this company is in the business of interviewing; don’t expect to be asked predictable questions like, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Be prepared to shed the layers of your personality. Good employees, like cast members, should be more substance than flash.
In the BMP office, the vibe is casual. As long as the work is getting done on time, there’s room for fun. Always accept an invitation to lunch; those who make the effort to socialize are more likely to last. Passion, ambition, and a strong desire to learn are highly valued traits—leave the ego at the door. This is a trailblazing company, and they are willing to impart years of knowledge and expertise to eager rookies, so be a sponge and soak in as much information as possible. BMP believes in promoting from within; the affectionate nickname “Bunim/Murray University” refers to the number of entry-level employees who have graduated into bigger and better gigs.
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