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Peter Rees (born 1966) is a film and television writer/director and producer. He created and developed the concept and was the executive producer of the television series MythBusters.[1] Rees created, cast and executive produced seventy episodes, and twelve specials. During his time as Executive Producer the series set all ratings records for individual episode 1.81 (M25-54), two hour special 2.2 (M25-54) and Shark Week Special. In Australia the show broke the one million viewer mark on SBS Television. The shows ratings steadily declined after his departure and are now 30% of what they once were.[2]

Prior to MythBusters, Peter created, developed, produced, wrote and directed more than 30 hours of factual programming for international broadcast. He has successfully brought a wide range of subjects to the small screen including the ancient practice of intentional cranial deformation and the discovery of the deadly “assassin caterpillar” of Brazil.

Peter has worked in a wide variety of genres including: drama, magazine, reality, natural history, observational documentary, and studio based entertainment programming. He spent a decade in the United States including time at National Geographic Television, and Discovery Communications were he served as Senior Series Producer, Executive Producer, and finally East Coast Director of Development for Discovery Channel.[3]

Peter circumnavigated the globe by land and sea to win the 1993 Charles Heidsieck international Travel challenge.[4] In 2006 he devised a successful World Record attempt. Programs he created have received a number of industry awards and honors including; the 2005 Silver Dragon from the Beijing International Science Festival and five Emmy nominations.[5]

Peter was born on a Naval base in Death Valley California, but grew up in Sydney Australia. He is a graduate of Australia's leading broadcasting and production institution, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/ Historical Archaeology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies and is qualified to drive a forklift and shoot a handgun safely in the State of California.

  1. Carolyn Abate (14 September 2006). "Backstory: The mismatched 'Mythbusters'". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 19 April 2010.

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