Who is Burnie Burns? What is net worth of Burnie Burns? Burnie Burns needs no introduction for those who have literally grown up on a staple diet of video games. As for the uninitiated, Burnie Burns can be safely touted as the czar of machinima- a kind of movie making that involves video game technology, real time computer graphics, animation and live action. Burns was named Michael Justin Burns at birth by his father who was a physics professor by profession.
A spirited and innovative person from a very young age, Burnie was fascinated with medical science that led him to become a member of Health Occupations Students of America, an organization in which school and college students volunteer and learn the nuances of the health care field along with noted alumni, honorary members and professionals.
However destiny had other plans for Burns and he became a student of computer science in college. A change of stream didn’t bog him down in the least and he actively volunteered for K29HW-D, a student run television station at his college, which got him hooked to video production. It was here that he came up with ‘Sneak Peak’, a program where he reviewed films and interviewed celebrities, which went on to become the longest running student television program in the world.
He also tried his luck at film making when he collaborated with his then roommates- Joel Heyman and Matt Hullum to make ‘The Schedule’ in 1997. However, the complexity of film distribution shattered his film-making dreams and the friends parted ways, with Heyman and Hullum leaving for Los Angeles to pursue their Hollywood aspirations and Burns taking up a job at a local tech support company called ‘TeleNetwork’.
Perhaps, his reluctant job at TeleNetwork was a work of destiny, as it was here that he met his future partners Geoff Ramsay and Gus Sorola. Their shared passion for video games made them click immediately and they went on to create the ‘drunkgamers.com’, an online portal where they reviewed video games. It was at this time that Burns was struck with an idea that changed his life forever.
He decided to lend voice and purpose to the otherwise silent video game characters who till then were fighting for no apparent reason. In 2002, he talked his partners into making a Mac Gamer Switch parody on the lines of his new idea and it went on to become their first ever viral video! The viral parody changed their lives and laid the foundation of their very own production company called ‘Rooster Teeth’. Burns contacted his old friends Heyman and Hullum and asked them to join his venture which they amiably accepted.
Together with his 4 partners, Burns went on to create a machinima web series called ‘Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles’ in 2003, using the graphics of the ‘Halo’ video game. The web series laden with an innovative background story and voice overs from Burns and his colleagues, received rave reviews for its originality and whacky humour and catapulted them to unprecedented internet glory that had never been seen before. The rest as they say is history!
In 2017, Burns is not only the co-founder and chief executive officer of Rooster Teeth, but is also an actor, host, director, voice actor and writer. Owing to his tremendous contributions to the domain of web production, Burns is a revered member of the International Academy of Web Television. He was married to Jordan Burns from 2000-2011 and has 2 sons with her named Teddy and J.D. Burns. He announced his engagement with ‘The Know’ host Ashley Jenkins in 2016.
Education: Burns completed his schooling from Alief Elsik High School and went on to attend The University of Texas at Austin from where he graduated with a B.A in computer science.
Burnie Burns Net Worth
Burns has an estimated net worth of about $6.7 million US dollars as of 2017, a fortune that is bound to increase in the coming future, thanks to his many talents.
Burnie Burns: Business Model
There is no doubt about the fact that Burns is an astute business man, thanks to his 250 people strong video studio ‘Rooster Teeth’, which is an incessant revenue stream. With over 200,000 subscribers the company is without fail raking in massive revenue each year.
Burns’ historic web series ‘Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles’ is now in its 15th season and continues to enthral audiences. After the success of Rvs.B, on the insistence of Electronic Arts- a video game company, Burns created a promotional series titled ‘The Strangerhood’ using their upcoming game ‘The Sims 2’. The comedy series is one of the most loved and positively received series of the past decade. Some of his popular web series include ‘P.A.N.I.C.S.’, ‘Captain Dynamic’ and ‘Rooster Teeth Shorts’.
Burns is also a popular host and podcaster. He has worked in movies like ‘Lazer Team’, ‘Slash’ and ‘The Outfield’ among others.
Burnie Burns was recently in the news for applauding YouTube’s new $35-a-month cable TV competitor that was launched in March 2017.
For a person who believes in hard work and innovation, achieving magnificent heights is not a problem. Burns’ fortune is bound to increase with every passing year, thanks to his multi talented personality and innovative mind.