17 September 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mark Burnett takes a deep breath as he looks out over the expanse of the Pacific Ocean from the backyard of his Malibu home. With his flip-flop-clad feet propped up on a table next to a cup of tea, the prolific producer of “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Shark Tank” and other shows digresses to explain why the number 13 means so much to him.

“I have had visions of the numbers one and three my whole life,” he says.

There’s nothing unlucky about 13 for Burnett. It’s no accident, he says, that 2013 has been a year of tremendous growth for One Three Media, the busy production company Burnett co-owns with Hearst Corp.

Reflecting Burnett’s abiding Christian faith, 13 is symbolic of Jesus and his 12 apostles. One and three are also numerical shorthand for God, the one, and the trinity of the father, the son and the holy spirit.

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