Rob Mariano shifting from reality TV contestant to producer

Survivor winner and reality star Rob Mariano, who most recently appeared on History’s Around the World in 80 Ways, is now working on producing his own reality television shows, and is shopping a pilot to networks.

In an interview with PokerListings at the World Series of Poker, Rob said, “I’m kind of transitioning from the on-camera contestant to behind the scenes and trying to create my own projects. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of great producers over the years and I’ve learned some of the tricks of the trade.”

He didn’t give details about the pilot that his company has created, but PokerListings identifies it as one “that will involve competition.”

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