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Rob Burnett is a five-time Emmy Award-winning executive producer of The Late Show with David Letterman. He is also president and chief executive officer of Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants Inc., where he oversees both The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Burnett began his career with David Letterman in 1985 as a 22-year-old intern. In 1988 he joined the writing staff of Late Night with David Letterman and in 1992 at 29 became its head writer. He moved with the show (which became The Late Show with David Letterman) from NBC to the CBS Television Network, where he continued as head writer through 1996. That year, he became the show’s executive producer, assumed the role of President and CEO of Worldwide Pants, Inc. and developed the hit series, Everybody Loves Raymond.
Joining forces with former Late Show head writer and supervising producer Jon Beckerman, Burnett has created two critically acclaimed series for network television. Their first project, Ed, aired on NBC from 2000-2004. Ed won Burnett and Beckerman a People’s Choice award and earned them an Emmy nomination for writing. In addition to serving as creator, writer and producer on Ed, Burnett made his directorial debut in February 2003.
The two teamed up again in 2006 to create the ABC half-hour single-camera comedy, The Knights of Prosperity, about a group of blue-collar guys who decide to rob Mick Jagger. The show garnered glowing reviews, including Entertainment Weekly, which called it “TV’s best new show of the season.”
We Made This Movie is the duo’s first feature length movie.
Burnett graduated in 1984 from Tufts University, where he majored in English and played varsity soccer. Burnett currently resides in Connecticut with his wife, Eunice, their daughters, Sydney and Lucy, and their son, Charlie.