BURT KEARNS is an award-winning television and motion picture producer, director, writer, journalist and author. He is currently directing and producing the documentary film on suburban punk, Gabba Gabba Hearn. His latest book, The Show Won’t Go On, was written with Jeff Abraham, and will be published in September 2019 by the Chicago Review Press’ A Cappella Books.
He and his work can be seen in 2019 on Netflix, as he appears in the documentary, Kardashian: The Man Who Saved OJ Simpson, which he wrote, produced and executive produced for the Reelz network. In recent months, he was also executive producer of (and wrote and produced) the one-hour documentary specials TIME Presents: Celebrities on Trial, TIME Presents: Milestones 2016 -- A Tribute to the Stars We’ve Lost, Entertainment Weekly Presents: 80s TV Stars -- Where Are They Now?, and El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle In the Jungle for Reelz, while in demand as a nonfiction television producer, writer, showrunner and consultant on series and shows as diverse as Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, Guinness World Records Unleashed, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, L.A. Hair and True Tori. His many television credits include helming The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll with Gene Simmons, Adults Only: The Secret History of The Other Hollywood, My First Time for Showtime, Bravo's All The Presidents’ Movies and Panic for HBO. His film credits include producing Transition: The Original Production (the filmed version of Ray Richmond’s controversial Trump-Obama stage play), the award-winning nonfiction comedy High There, and the internationally-distributed documentaries Death of A Beatle and Bin Laden's Escape; directing and producing the nonfiction films The Chris Montez Story, Basketball Man, and the award-winning film festival favorite, The Seventh Python and, along with two-time Academy Award® winner Albert S. Ruddy, writing and producing the 20th Century Fox feature film, Cloud 9, starring Burt Reynolds -- and featuring Gary Busey. Burt got his start as a print and television journalist in New York City, was an Emmy-winning newswriter, and may be best known for his controversial 1999 tabloid television memoir, Tabloid Baby, which detailed his role in the evolution of the tabloid television genre -- and is the basis for a future dramatic television series.