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Burnett May Produce More Martial-Arts Fare

A crowded mixed martial-arts scene may get more congested. Producer Mark Burnett is linking with ProElite Inc. to develop a prime-time reality series featuring the red-hot sport. The deal calls for Burnett's company to produce the series with contestants signed by ProElite.

The two companies would also pursue Internet extensions of the concept and share revenue from their various endeavors. According to insiders, ProElite approached Burnett, and there is no clear concept for the series. The firm already has some TV presence, as Showtime has been carrying live EliteXC matches for the last few months, after making an investment in the company and inking an exclusive programming agreement.

Burnett already has some experience with combat sports, producing NBC's boxing reality series "The Contender."

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