Executive Producer

Eric Van Wagenen

A veteran Showrunner, Producer, and Editor, Eric Van Wagenen has a long history of working with Mark Burnett Productions (now MGM Television). Since 2003, Van Wagenen has helped craft the company’s signature style, playing an integral role in creating award winning programming reputed for its character-driven stories and sophisticated edit-ing.


Currently, Van Wagenen serves as the Executive Producer on MBP/MGM’s reboot of the Boxing reality series The Contender. He was also EP and showrunner for the successful MBP series Lucha Underground (El Rey Network), The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) and Bully Beatdown (MTV). His work has garnered him a total of five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Producing and Picture Editing.


Outside of Mark Burnett Productions/MGM, he was the executive producer of USA Net-work’s 2011 reboot of WWE’s Tough Enough, starring Stone Cold Steve Austin, as well as the fan favorite Legends’ House series for the WWE Network in 2012.


Before working for MBP, Van Wagenen served as Supervising Producer and Editor on CBS’s widely successful reality-adventure series The Amazing Race, where he helped cre-ate and develop the show’s style and format over the first five seasons.


Broadening his skills overseas, Van Wagenen also serves as consultant on several shows internationally, including The Challenger: Muaythai, The Contender Asia, The Contender Australia and The Apprentice Asia.