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Mark Burnett: Tribal Traitor?

7/7/2008 10:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mark Burnett, the mastermind behind "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," has been sued by his former business partner for allegedly screwing him out of a massive amount of profit.

Conrad Riggs claims he helped turn Mark Burnett into MARK BURNETT by managing his business and negotiating insane studio deals. In addition, Riggs claims he "encouraged Burnett to pitch 'Survivor' as if he were telling a story around a campfire -- in a way that would allow network executives to visualize the feel and attraction of the show." Riggs thinks that move helped Burnett sell the show.

In a lawsuit filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Riggs claims he was promised 10% of the profits from Burnett and Co. but eventually got stiffed to the tune of more than $5 million and ultimately squeezed out of the company in April.

Riggs claims Burnett promised the 10% cut and certainly has the means to pay. The lawsuit estimates Burnett's worth at more than half a bil.

We placed several calls to Burnett for comment. So far, no luck.

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Trucker Lemonade    

FIRST BIZZATCHES!! HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

2244 days ago
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Trucker Lemonade    

One of my lifes goals has been achieved! Oh what's that? Jealous? GREEN wit envy? Thought so!

2244 days ago
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Bob Booie    

The tribe has spoken

2244 days ago
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Bob Booie    

Trucker sounds like u are in need to find a hobby

2244 days ago
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Kelli    

Isn't he married to Roma Downey from "Touched By An Angel?" He has more benjamins than the Clintons, why should he respond?

2244 days ago
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kerry    

The local news is reporting that Nicole Kidman gave birth to a baby girl earlier today, as confirmed by her rep. Yet there's crickets about it here at TMZ. hmm

2244 days ago
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TLT    

He's worth half a billion?? And contestants who barely survive get squat? Greedy SOB

2244 days ago
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something smells    

LET'S SEE...MARK DUMPS HIS WIFE WHEN HE MAKES IT BIG, WHY NOT HIS FRIEND/PARTNER TOO?

2244 days ago
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Lee Peterson    

FAVORITE FIVE LETTER WORD: GREED.

2244 days ago
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Me, myself and I    


... BUT it was really my idea ... sure, he/she helped me achieve it ... BUT it was really my idea.

That's always the justification for screwing someone out of previous deals made. I hope that Riggs has his business agreement down in writing, - not just he said/he said. Good luck.

2244 days ago
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ingrid 911    

Mastermind of survivor? This guy stole the idea from the Swedish show Expedition Robinson. Then suddenly everyone thinks he is some genuis

2244 days ago
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harry potter    

so can you reach him by now?

2244 days ago
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Jonas are players. I hate players.    

Kerry is correct!
TMZ dropped the ball on this one. From AP:

As with most new parents, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban might have difficulty telling what day it is.

No matter. From here on out, they'll have a little Sunday every day.

The Oscar-winning actress and her country-star husband welcomed a baby girl on Monday, then named her after the day before.

"Earlier this morning Nic gave birth to our beautiful baby girl, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban," read the message posted on Urban's Web site. "We want to thank everybody that has kept us in their thoughts and prayers. We feel very blessed and grateful that we can share this joy with all of you today."

2244 days ago
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harry potter    

traitor!!!I hate people who don't keep their words!

2244 days ago
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harry potter    

Traitor. hate people who dont keep their promise

2244 days ago
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