I just received this from my friend who is one of the Producer/Editors on The Real World. I thought I would share his words as well. Most of your will remember Mary-Ellis from As The World Turns.
I am very sorry to pass on this sad news. I first went to work for Mary-Ellis Bunim in 1993, during the second season of The Real World. Bunim-Murray Productions was a very small company in those days. Today it is a thriving organization with hundreds of employees producing several different series. I received the news of Mary-Ellis' passing this afternoon on my cellphone as I was driving home to San Francisco from Los Angeles, where I had just completed editing an episode of the fourteenth season of The Real World. I last saw Mary-Ellis just before Christmas in her office in Van Nuys, still hard at work. Working for Mary-Ellis made me a better editor. She will be missed.
Mary-Ellis Bunim, who helped launch the reality TV genre by
co-creating the long-running MTV hits "The Real World" and "Road
Rules," has died. She was 57.
Bunim passed away in Burbank, California, on Thursday after a lengthy
battle with breast cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. February 7 at the Hollywood
Hills Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that contributions be sent to the National Breast
Cancer Coalition Fund, 1101 17th St. NW, Suite 1300, Washington DC