Hearst Corp. Finds Another Way to 'Survive,' Buys into Reality TV Company

Hearst Corporation, the media empire that owns properties including the San Francisco Chronicle, has purchased the company behind such reality television hits as Survivor and The Apprentice.

The deal was announced today as a partnership between Hearst and Mark Burnett Productions. Hearst does not gain a stake in either show as a result of its part-ownership of the production company.

One of the shows Hearst will get a stake in is ABC's Shark Tank, a reality program in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to “shark” investors. (Maybe some of those start-ups appearing in the corners of the old Chron building will show up to compete.)

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