Real World, Road Rules, and Simple Life creator Mary-Ellis Bunim dies.

Real World, Road Rules, and Simple Life creator Mary-Ellis Bunim dies.
Mary-Ellis Bunim, half of the team that created The Real World, Road Rules, Making the Band, Love Cruise, and The Simple Life, died of cancer yesterday at 57. She worked first in daytime TV, producing “more than 2,500 hours of daytime television on Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns, Santa Barbara and Loving,” according to her bio. Her producing partner, Jonathan Murray, tells CNN, “Mary-Ellis was a one-in-a-million partner and friend, and I will always treasure our incredible years of collaboration. Even as the family at Bunim-Murray Productions mourns her loss, we will honor her memory by remaining committed to her ideals of creativity, adventure, and excellence, both on the screen and in our lives.” Additionally, TV Week reports that Bunim-Murray VP and producer Bonnie Bogard, who worked on both Love Cruise and The Simple Life, died earlier this week.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

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Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

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