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Michael Justin "Burnie" Burns is an American writer, actor, producer, comedian, host, independent filmmaker, and director living in Austin, Texas. He is best known as a co-founder of Rooster Teeth Productions. In 2003 he created the long-running machinima series Red vs. Blue, where along with writing and directing he also provided the voices of Church, V.I.C., and Lopez. He was also a co-writer and starred in Rooster Teeth's first full-length film, Lazer Team.

He is a co-founder, as well as former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of Rooster Teeth. He is noted for his contributions in machinima, a form of film-making that uses video game technology in its production,[1] and also works with animation cartoons, live-action production, and podcasts.[2] Burns is also known for his work in the hosting and podcasting field.

In April 2003, Burns, along with several friends and co-workers, created the machinima series Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles. Filmed using the video game Halo, Red vs. Blue was acclaimed for its humor and originality, making Burns an Internet celebrity.[3] His success allowed him to co-found the production company Rooster Teeth.[4] After the immediate popularity of Red vs. Blue, Burns attracted the attention of video game company Electronic Arts, who asked him to create a promotional series using their upcoming game, The Sims 2. The result was The Strangerhood. Burns also premiered P.A.N.I.C.S., a mini-series that utilizes the F.E.A.R. game engine. In 2016, Burns starred in the science fiction comedy film Lazer Team, which he co-wrote. He has appeared at several film festivals, including Sundance. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, having divorced from his wife Jordan Burns in 2011.

As one of the innovators in the field of machinima, he has made guest appearances at the Penny Arcade Expo, San Diego Comic-Con International, Sundance and The Sydney Film Festival.[5][6][7] For his work on Immersion (2010), a live-action series that tests video game tropes in the real world, and The Gauntlet (2013), Rooster Teeth's reality game show, he has been nominated for two IAWTV awards in the "Best Host of a Web Series (Pre-Recorded)" category.[8] He was named one of the "Top 25 Digital Stars" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2015.[9]

On September 26, 2019, Burnie stepped down from his position along with regular work with the company, transitioning to a producer role in the newly formed Rooster Teeth Studios division, reporting to Ryan Hall.[10] In addition, he announced that September 30, 2019 will be his final regular appearance on the Rooster Teeth Podcast.[11]

Burnie announced on June 11, 2020 that he will be leaving the company and moving overseas to pursue his own creative endeavors. He is currently negotiating a deal with Rooster Teeth that will give them the first choice to pick up and develop any of his projects.[12][13]


Burnie Burns is an American on-camera host, film producer, director, screenwriter, and animated filmmaker known for his Machinima work on the Red vs. Blue series. Also an actor, he appeared in the 2015 movie The Outfield. He joined the cast of The Amazing Race in season 28. He is also one of the co-founders of Rooster Teeth Productions. He also is a comedian, host, and director living in Austin, Texas. He is a co-founder, former chief executive officer, and chief creative officer of Rooster Teeth. He was a voice actor for The Strangerhood, Halo 3, and P.A.N.I.C.S. His work on 2010s Immersion earned him an IAWTV award for Best Hosted Taped Web Series.

Early Life[]

Burns was born in the Rochester, New York area and grew up in Houston, Texas.

Pre-Rooster Teeth and Education[]

Burnie studied film making, digital media and media production at Alief Elsik High School. His determination to pursue a medical career led him to become a member of HOSA. Half of his senior year consisted of clinical rotations at Southwest Memorial Hospital. After high school, he was accepted at the University of Notre Dame but, unable to afford the tuition, he chose to attend The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Art's degree in Computer Science. While there, Burns got his start in video production by volunteering at K29HW-D, Texas Student Television. During his time with TSTV, he founded Sneak Peek, the longest-running student television program in the world, in which he reviewed films and conducted interviews with guests such as Adam Sandler.

Burns went on to become the president of the tech support company teleNetwork Partners, and eventually broke out to form his independent company Rooster Teeth.

First film and viral video: 1997–2002[]

In his final year of university, Burns was intent on making a movie. Joel Heyman and Matt Hullum, who were roommates at the time, agreed to help, with the former agreeing to star and the latter helping write, produce and direct. They shot The Schedule (1997) over a three-month period on 16mm film for $9,000.[15] It took 10 months to edit on a non-linear editor Burns himself built.[16] That same system was used in his early videos, including their first viral hit.

Burns became frustrated with the difficult distribution process and the film only screened in a few festivals. They turned down an offer of about $25,000 to buy because they, "wanted to hold onto the story."[16] A few VHS copies of The Schedule exist in Burns' possession. Soon after, the trio parted ways. Heyman and Hullum went to Los Angeles, while Burns accepted a position at a local tech support company.

There, he met his co-workers and future Red vs. Blue collaborators Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola. In June 2002, Burns teamed up with his colleagues to create their first viral video, a Mac Gamer Switch parody.[17]

Burns attributes "two vectors that came together, the movie guys and the tech guys," as being a catalyst for their success.

In 2003, Burns joined the staff of a website called "drunkgamers". Hosted by Texans Geoff Fink and Gustavo Sorola, drunkgamers brought Burns into contact with what would become his future team for Red vs. Blue.

Burns began to add weekly videos of his favorite game, Halo on the Xbox, to the drunkgamers site. As the videos progressed, Burns began adding voiceovers to make the videos more entertaining. While playing Halo with Fink and Sorola, the three began wondering why a certain in-game vehicle was named the Warthog, sparking the idea for what would later become the machinima series (a version of the conversation would become the plot of Episode 2). He also credits the birth of the series to being "extremely bored". In early 2003, Computer Gaming World asked the owners of drunkgamers for permission to use an Apple Macintosh commercial parody featured on the site, which by this time had shut down. This was an opportunity Burns saw to attract viewers to a possible new project. A trailer of The Blood Gulch Chronicles was made. A few months later, Burns rallied the entire staff of drunkgamers, as well as friends Matt Hullum and Joel Heyman, and created the first episode of The Blood Gulch Chronicles. The episode began an Internet phenomenon that is still continuing today.

Burns met 2 of the Rooster Teeth staff whilst studying at the University of Texas at Austin. He was childhood friends with Matt Hullum (Sarge from Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles) and eventually they met with Joel Heyman (Michael J. Caboose from Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles) whilst making an independent film called "The Schedule". Hullum and Heyman pursued their dreams of being famous and traveled to Hollywood leaving Burns in Texas. Burns then found management work at local Help desk company TeleNetwork. This is where he met Geoff Ramsey (Dexter Grif from Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles) and Gustavo Sorola (Dick Simmons from Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles). The three clicked automatically and had 2 loves, drinking and video games, this caused them to create where the three created a scheme to get free video games and asked companies to send them games to review. According to Ramsey, the group tried to receive free games to review, but "incurred the wrath" of several game developers in doing so. They only got Blinx: The Time Sweeper.

Rooster Teeth: 2003-2020[]

Burns joined Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola in one of their many Internet ventures, creating voiceover-enhanced gameplay videos for the website. The trio were giant enthusiasts of the 2001 first-person shooter video game Halo: Combat Evolved, leading them to discuss whether an automobile in the game known as a Warthog looks like a puma. Burns has said that this discussion was "the spark for the whole series". Burns also noticed other things in their matches:

  • The multiplayer characters didn't have voices
  • They were fighting for no real reason apart from being told to
  • They didn't even know anything about the enemies

This caused Burns to think about creating a series based on this points which seemed interesting. He consulted Ramsey and Sorola who were very cautious about the idea and turned it down. The coming weeks brought Burns to write more sketches and become more into his multiplayer voice idea. Whilst writing the ideas was slowly coming to a halt with a lack of users and people knowing about the website. This caused Ramsey and Sorola to panic, then finally after a few weeks work Burns finally talked them into his multiplayer voice idea. The first 3-minute episode was filmed. Six months later, the website closed for unrelated reasons. However, the following week, the magazine Computer Gaming World asked permission to include the Switch parody in a CD to be included with an issue. Ramsey granted permission, but he and Burns felt that they needed a website to take advantage of the exposure from Computer Gaming World. To take advantage of the resultant publicity, the three re-encoded the video to point to which at the time was a website which was created in no time and was very low key.

Rooster Teeth Productions was born, with Burnie having the help of Sorola, Ramsey, Matt Hullum and Joel Heyman to produce the show. The first episode was released on April 1, 2003. The series is primarily produced using the machinima technique of synchronizing video footage from a game to pre-recorded dialogue and other audio.

Burns initially envisioned Red vs. Blue to be short, but the series grew beyond his expectations. Burns and Ramsey had preconceived a list of jokes for which they allocated six to eight episodes. By episode 8, however, they realized that the series had fleshed out more than expected; they had covered only about one third of their original list. Later in season 1, Burns estimated a series of 22 episodes; however, driven by the series' popularity, he realized that there was more potential story than could be covered in that length, and was able to conceive an extension of the season 1 plot. Burns and the whole production team eventually quit their jobs and began to work full-time on the series; to generate revenue they created an online store to sell T-shirts.

After the first season of Red vs. Blue, Burns, voicing the character of Church, became a celebrity in the machinima community. As the director, writer, and lead actor of the series, he was the driving force behind the series. His series earned three awards at the 2003 Machinima Film Festival – Best Picture, Best Writing, and Best Independent Machinima Film – and was nominated for three others.

The series completed its original five season 100-episode run on June 28, 2007, collectively known as the Blood Gulch Chronicles. Subsequent seasons were re-tooled with The Recollection Trilogy for seasons 6–8 (ReconstructionRecreation, and Revelation), and The Freelancer Saga for seasons 9 and 10. Since season eleven, which premiered on June 14, 2013, Burns handed directorial and head writing duties to Miles Luna to shift his focus onto other projects.

After the first season of Red vs. Blue, Burns, voicing the character of Church, became an instant celebrity in the machinima community. As the director, writer, and lead actor of the series, Burns is sharing the fame of being the star of Red vs. Blue, but is also the driving force behind the series. His series earned three awards at the 2003 Machinima Film Festival — Best Picture, Best Writing, and Best Independent Machinima Film — and was nominated for three others. The series is still ongoing and completed its thirteenth season on September 7, 2015. Burns regularly attends conventions featuring Red vs. Blue and has made several appearances on G4techTV. His series earned three awards at the 2003 Machinima Film Festival – Best Picture, Best Writing, and Best Independent Machinima Film – and was nominated for three others.

The first episode was a big hit with gamers and became one of the most loved Viral videos ever made. Burns figured that the staff could be bigger and offered Joel Heyman and Matt Hullum a place on the staff, which they graciously accepted. The five were then catapulted into internet fame and went onto create 100 episodes which made up Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles.

Halo and Halo 2 was then catapulted into a broader audience and the sales were increased due to a series about voiceless character with humorous voice overs. This caused Electronic Arts (EA) to approach Burns and the staff to ask if they would make a series for their upcoming game "The Sims 2". Burns graciously accepted and then The Strangerhood was born. Although been not as famous as Red vs. Blue, the series still kicked off and gained a cult following dedicated to the spectrum of characters featured.

Red vs Blue Season 6, Reconstruction has been regarded as one of the greatest Machinima movies ever made. It is currently on sale on the Rooster Teeth website and is available to watch on their website. Burns wrote the full film whilst having some people chip in with some of the sketches, the movie is based around Burns' character and Burns appeared to want to go into great depths with his character Leonard L. Church. Burns appeared to have taken a lot of information from the fans by showing the fans' favorite character (Michael J. Caboose, according to a survey) in more detail and began answering questions like:

Relocated backed up a few of these questions and answers and only featured 5/6 of the members of Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles due to the aftermath of Reconstruction.

The series completed its original five season 100-episode run on June 28, 2007, collectively known as the Blood Gulch Chronicles. Subsequent seasons were re-tooled with The Recollection Trilogy for seasons 6–8 (ReconstructionRecreation, and Revelation), and The Freelancer Saga for seasons 9 and 10. Since season eleven, which premiered on June 14, 2013, Burns handed directorial and head writing duties to Miles Luna to shift his focus onto other projects. He still provides voice work for characters such as Church, Lopez and Vic.

The Strangerhood and PANICS: 2004–2006[]

In 2004, 13 months after the first season of Red vs. Blue had finished airing, Burns and Matt Hullum created the comedy web series The Strangerhood. The series uses the same machinima technique used to film Red vs. Blue.

The idea for the series came from the E3 gaming convention where Burns and his Rooster Teeth partners were introduced to the life simulation game The Sims 2 and realized that the game would be suitable for a series that parodied reality television. The game's publisher Electronic Arts allowed them to continue with the project.[24] The series centers on eight strangers who awake one day unaware of where they are or how they arrived there.[25] Its first season of 17 episodes completed on April 27, 2006.[26] In 2005, the group collaborated with Paul Marino[27] on Strangerhood Studios, a spin-off commissioned by the Independent Film Channel.[28] This spin-off was the first machinima series to be commissioned for broadcast[28] and won an award for Best Editing at the 2005 Machinima Film Festival.[29]

The following year Burns and Rooster Teeth created the comic science fiction machinima mini-series P.A.N.I.C.S. (an acronym for People Acting Normal ICrazy-Ass Situations), based on and filmed using the video game F.E.A.R. developed by Monolith Productions, who asked them to produce the series for the Director's Edition of the game. The series consists of five episodes.

The story centers on a newcomer to Bravo Team, a special military group formed to battle supernatural enemies. As the series begins, Bravo Team has been sent into a military facility at night to investigate the reports of paranormal activity from within. This is a parody of the main scenario used in F.E.A.R.

Return to live-action, Captain Dynamic and RT Shorts: 2009[]

Burns first returned to live-action with Captain Dynamic a mini-series to promote the online game City of Heroes.[30] It was based around a team of writers hired to use the new in-game content creation tools to promote the title character, Captain Dynamic, the 'worst superhero in the world'. Directed by Matt Hullum and written by Burns, the series starred Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, who is a long time friend.

The series was well received by fans, which led him and Rooster Teeth to begin producing a new live-action series, titled Rooster Teeth Shorts (also referred to as RT Shorts), a sketch comedy which parodies life at their offices. The series features the staff of Rooster Teeth, including Burns, who all play caricatures of themselves, as well as occasional appearances from voice actors from some of their machinima series. The first season ran for twenty episodes and five seasons have since followed, as well as six-second mini episodes released exclusively through the video sharing service Vine.

Hosting and producing work: 2008–present[]

On December 29, 2008 Burns co-hosted the inaugural episode of the Drunk Tank audio podcast, alongside his Rooster Teeth co-workers Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola. The podcast consists largely of comedic commentary on the popular culture of the week, including video games, recent news, website features, sports and upcoming projects and is available for download through iTunes,Zune Marketplace and their website. It has since become one of the more popular features of the site, at one point becoming the #1 most downloaded podcast on iTunes, as well as a featured podcast in the iTunes Store. New episodes have been released regularly every Wednesday since April 10, 2009, with occasional special episodes or multiple releases in one week.

In September 2011, the podcast was renamed The Rooster Teeth Podcast. The show has since become available in video form and Burns continues to make regular appearances. On January 7, the podcast won "Best Gaming Podcast" at the 8th Annual Podcast Awards.[31] The Rooster Teeth Podcast has recently adapted a new style of doing podcasts in which they live stream to "sponsors" on their website, in video, the night before the release of the audio podcast on iTunes and their site. The sponsor live stream is then later available 1 day on the Rooster website and 2 days later on YouTube.

Burns began co-hosting Immersion alongside Griffon Ramsey in 2010. The show tests the concepts of video games in real life, such as whether the heckling that sometimes occurs in multiplayer video games would negatively affect the performance of real soldiers. Burns joked in the The Rooster Teeth Podcastthat the series started as an "elaborate way for [them] to do fun stuff and get paid for it".[32] Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola were the test subjects throughout the first season. Gavin Free and Michael Jones (of Achievement Hunter) served as the test subjects for the second season.

On Halloween 2012, a partnership between Rooster Teeth and Blip was announced, with the premiere of their new 10-episode, reality game competition series sponsored by GEICO.[33] The Gauntlet follows gamers from around the United States competing in contests of skills, concentration, agility and stamina, inspired by reality competitions Wipeoutand The Voice. The first season was hosted by Ali Baker and Burns. Season two was hosted by Burns and Joel Heyman and began on September 7, 2013.

The pilot episode of Million Dollars, But... premiered on May 21, 2015, with the series continuing on July 9, 2015. The ongoing series is frequently co-hosted by Burns and Gavin Free, with another special guest taking part. Each person come up with a typically difficult scenario, for example one where the person has to date Adolf Hitler for a year — which the cast comically re-enact — for which they will be given a million dollars.

His producing work includes executive producing the 2012 documentary film Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, about the Swedish video game developer Mojang, the creators of the popular video game Minecraft. In 2013, he began executive producing the anime-influenced[34] web series RWBY, created by Rooster Teeth employee Monty Oum. A second season premiered in 2014. Oum died on February 1, 2015.[35] A third season of the show premiered on October 24, 2015.[36] Burns worked as an executive producer on the show X-Ray and Vav, a cartoon web series starring two Achievement Hunter employees (a video gaming division of Rooster Teeth) Gavin Free and Ray Narvaez, Jr. premiered in December 2014. In 2016, Burns and Gavin Free hosted the documentary World’s Greatest Head Massage: An ASMR Journey.[37]

Lazer Team and other film projects: 2015–2020[]

In June 2014, Rooster Teeth launched a crowdfunding campaign for the film Lazer Team on Indiegogo. The fundraiser reached its $650,000 goal in under 10 hours and broke Indiegogo's record for the fastest film campaign to reach $700,000.[38][39] Within three days, Lazer Teambroke $1 million.[40] As of 2015, Lazer Team held the record for the highest funded film campaign on Indiegogo with over $2.4 million collected.[41]

Burns explained during the campaign that as it makes more money, the film's budget scales up. "The initial budget for talent was based on making the movie on the bare minimum with us throwing in the remainder of the expected budget. For instance, that meant using talent almost exclusively from in-house. As the budget grows, so do our opportunities to approach all kinds of talent. The same applies to Visual FX, quality of props and costuming, lighting, crew, etc."[42] Burns co-wrote, co-produces, and co-stars in the film as Hagan. It was released in January 2016, making it among the first titles that Rooster Teeth's parent company, Fullscreen, will be distributing in its newly launched feature film division.[43]

Burns appeared in the 2015 short film, Hit, as Officer Harris and the sports comedy-drama The Outfield.[44][45] Burns is slated to appear in the YouTube Red series 12 Deadly Days from Blumhouse Television.[46]

During a December 3, 2017 Burnie Vlog, Burns announced that he is working on a new project.

Burnie left Rooster Teeth in June 2020.

Other works[]

Burns has participated in two episodes of the improvisational comedy game show @midnight.[47] In 2015, Burns took part in season 28 of The Amazing Race with his fiancée, Ashley Jenkins, coming in fourth place.[48][49]

Roles at Rooster Teeth[]

Burns is currently writing and/or directing new episodes/series of other Rooster Teeth projects including:

CEO: 2003-2013[]

Creative Director: 2013-2015[]

Chief Creative Officer (CCO): 2015 - 2019[]

- As the Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of Rooster Teeth, Burnie will focus primarily on managing the narrative side of the equation, meaning the scripted shows, such as Red vs. Blue (RvB), RWBY, Live Action productions, animated cartoons, video game productions, and so forth, will be under his watch.

- Direct the company's creative output, developing the artistic design strategy that defines the company's brand.

- Responsible for the overall look and feel of marketing, media, and branding associated with the organization.

- Successfully managing, developing, and leading the team of creative directors, art directors, designers, and copywriters.

- Create the unique image of the firm and deliver this distinctive design to consumers and to create a clear brand image which is a fundamental and essential work throughout the company. Advertisements present a certain memorable artistic design while also structured to accomplish functional goals.

- Ensures that the design and functionality combine harmoniously so the firm can present a product that successfully represents its creative brand.

- Creative, artistic thinking, planning, blueprinting and brainstorming and artistic graphic design, logos, brands, posters, and wallpapers of the company.

Executive Producer: 2019-2020[]

On September 26, 2019, Burnie Burns, previously RT’s chief creative officer, was shifting to an executive producer role to lead high-profile projects across the company. He will now be seen much less on-camera and focus on more behind-the-scenes work for the company.

Burnie left Rooster Teeth in June 2020.

Family Life[]

His father was a physics professor who worked on the Desertron Super Collider. He is of one quarter French-Canadian descent. The nickname "Burnie" was given to him by an Alief Elsik High School senior to separate him from the many Michaels in his class. Burnie mainly resides in Austin, Texas, after briefly spending several months living and working in Los Angeles, California on a big side project.[14] He is a member of the International Academy of Web Television.

He was married to Jordan Burns in August 2000 and divorced in December 2011. He and his ex-wife Jordan Burns had two children together named JD and Theodore "Teddy" Burns. He began a relationship with Rooster Teeth writer and host Ashley Jenkins on September 23, 2012. He and Ashley became competitors on The Amazing Race 28 in 2016. They became engaged in late January/early February 2016, and announced on March 2019 that are expecting a child. They married in June 2019. They have a son, born on August 25, 2019.



Year Date Title Character Role Notes
2003–present 2003–present Red vs. Blue Pvt. Leonard L. Church / Epsilon / Lopez The Heavy / Zealot / Omega / Vic Church: Seasons 1-6, plus episodes in 14 and 15; Epsilon: Seasons 7-14; Lopez: Since season 1; Vic: Seasons 1-5, 14 and 15, plus MIA; Omega: seasons 2, 5, 12-13; Zealots: seasons 3 and 15, plus MIA
2003-2015 2003-06, 2015 The Strangerhood Tovar / Griggs / Evil Tovar (voice)
2004 February 10, 2004 Unscrewed with Martin Sargent Himself 1 episode - Red vs. Blue, Cracking Passwords and Search Sperts (2004) ... Himself
2007 July 25, 2007 Code Monkeys (TV Series) Blue Guard 1 episode - Super Prison Breakout (2007) ... Blue Guard (voice)
2007 September 25, 2007 Halo 3 (Video Game) Additional Voices (voice)
2008–present December 9, 2008 – present Rooster Teeth Podcast Himself/Host
2009 April 28, 2009 – present Rooster Teeth Shorts (TV Series) Burnie/Himself
2010–present April 5, 2010 – present Immersion (TV Series) Himself/Host
2011 October 10, 2011 Let's Talk About Something More Interesting (Video) Himself
2012 January 2012 The Best Red vs. Blue. Ever. Of All Time Church / Lopez (voice)
2012 April 30, 2012 GoodGriefing (TV Series) Himself 1 episode - PAX Easter (2012) ... Himself
2013 July 26, 2013 Video Game High School (TV Series) VGHS Council Member 1 episode - Welcome to Varsity (2013) ... VGHS Council Member (uncredited)
2013–present 2013; 2015–present RWBY Taiyang Xiao Long / Police Officer (voice) Police Officer: 1 episode; Taiyang: since Volume 3
2014 August 22, 2014 iBlade Knight 1 episode - Part 1 (2014) ... Knight (voice)
2014 November 4 - December 23, 2014 Ten Little Roosters Burnie/Himself 5 episodes
2015 2015 Lazer Team Hagan
2015–present May 21, 2015 – present On The Spot Himself/Contestant 8 episodes
2015/II October 28, 2015 Reunited (Short) Newscaster 1
2015 November 10, 2015 The Outfield Theo Rasmussen
2015/II December 2015 Hit (Short) Officer Harris
2016/I December 9, 2016 Slash Mr. Snow
2016 October 9–16, 2016 Crunch Time Enhanced Interrogator 2 episodes
2016 November 16, 2016 Escape! (TV Series)
2016 The Noodle Man (Short) IT Boss
2017 February 22, 2017 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV Series) Paddy's Pub customer 1 episode - The Gang Tends Bar (2017) ... Paddy's Pub customer (uncredited)
2017 January 16 - March 6, 2017 The Eleven Little Roosters Burnardo Burnadicci 5 episodes
2015–present May 21, 2015 – present Million Dollars, But... Himself Host
2017–present June 3, 2017 – present RWBY Chibi Taiyang Xiao Long Since season 2
2016-2017 September 8, 2016 – present Kinda Funny: The Animated Series Burnie the Clown 4 episodes
2018 November 13, 2017 Lazer Team 2 Hagan
2017 November 17, 2017 Sugar Pine 7 Burnie/Himself 1 episode - Fired from Rooster Teeth, Part II (2017) ... Burnie
2018 TBA The Next Kill (post-production) Jim Convasos

Producer (40 credits)[]

Year Title Credit Notes
1997 The Schedule (producer)
2003 April 1, 2003 Red vs. Blue (TV Series) producer, exectu
2010 April 5, 2010 Immersion (TV Series) (producer)
2011 November 15, 2011 Rooster Teeth Shorts: Volume Three (Video) (producer)
2011 November 15, 2011 Red vs. Blue: Season 9 (producer)
2012 January 2012 The Best Red vs. Blue. Ever. Of All Time (producer)
2012 December 2012 A Simple Walk Into Mordor (Video short) (executive producer)
2012 December 23, 2012 Minecraft: The Story of Mojang (Documentary) (executive producer)
2013–present July 18, 2013 – present RWBY (executive producer)
2014 January 28, 2014 Trocadero: When We're Together (Video) (executive producer)
2014 September 5, 2014 iBlade (TV Mini-Series) (executive producer) 1 episode - Part 3 (2014) ... (executive producer)
2014 November 5, 2014 - December 23, 2014 Ten Little Roosters (TV Mini-Series) (executive producer)
2014-2015 November 27, 2014 - October 18, 2015 X-Ray and Vav (executive producer)
2015 September 24, 2015 / January 29, 2016 Lazer Team (producer)
2015 September 27, 2015 - November 1, 2015 Rooster Teeth: Entertainment System (executive producer)
2015 December 1, 2015 RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (Video Game)  (executive producer)
2016/IV April 15, 2016 Connected (Documentary) (executive producer) 
2015–present May 21, 2015 – present Million Dollars, But... (executive producer) 
2016 September 11, 2016 - October 16, 2016 Crunch Time (executive producer)  6 episodes
2016 December 16, 2016 The Meme Machine: What Happens When the Internet Chooses You (Documentary)  (executive producer)
2017 January 16, 2017 - March 6, 2017 The Eleven Little Roosters  (executive producer)
2017 March 24, 2017 The Tattooist (Documentary)  (executive producer) 
2017 April 17, 2017 Haus of Pain (Documentary) (executive producer) 
2016-2017 June 9, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Heroes & Halfwits (executive producer)
2016-2017 September 11, 2016 - May 26, 2017 Off Topic (executive producer - 19 episodes)
2017/II June 30, 2017 Unconventional (Documentary short)  (executive producer) 
2016–present May 7, 2016 – present RWBY Chibi (executive producer)
2016–present June 10, 2016 – present Camp Camp  (executive producer)
2016–present June 19, 2016 – present Day 5 (TV Series) (executive producer)
2017 November 13, 2017

November 22, 2017 (YouTube Red, internet)

Lazer Team 2 (producer) Rooster Teeth movie. Sequel to Lazer Team
2018–present 2018–present Nomad of Nowhere (executive producer) 
2018 2018 Blood Fest (post-production) (executive producer)
2019 TBA gen:LOCK (executive producer)

Writer/Screenwriter (8 credits)[]

Year Date Title Role Notes
1997 October 29, 1997 The Schedule
2003–present April 1, 2003 – present Red vs. Blue (written/co-written by) All seasons up to 10, plus episodes of 12, 13, and 14
2010–present 2010–present Rooster Teeth Shorts
2012 January 2012 The Best Red vs. Blue. Ever. Of All Time
2015 24 September 2015 (Fantastic Fest, Austin, TX)

January 27, 2016 (USA)

Lazer Team (screenplay) / (story)
2016–present June 19, 2016 – present Day 5 (original concept) (series created by)
2018 November 13, 2017

November 22, 2017 (YouTube Red)

Lazer Team 2 (screenplay)

Director (3 credits)[]

Year Date Title Role Notes
1997 October 29, 1997 The Schedule Director
2003-2012 April 1, 2003 – November 5, 2012 Red vs. Blue (TV Series) Director Seasons 1-6, 8-10
2015 February 5, 2015 Funhaus (TV Series) 

Casting director (2 credits)[]

Year Date
2012 January 2012 The Best Red vs. Blue. Ever. Of All Time
2008-2012 May 30, 2008 - November 5, 2012 Red vs. Blue (TV Series)



  • Burnie is known to perform strange acts while drunk. This including handing out kettle corn to individuals at a party, proclaiming himself to be the character Catbug from the animated series Bravest Warriors, and even making out with a chair while pretending it is Gavin.
  • He has several alter egos, all of which have been featured in Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures.
  • Burnie was married to Jordan Burns, who voiced female Donut from Caboose's mind in Red vs Blue, from August 2000 to December 2011. He has had two sons with Jordan, Teddy and J.D. Burns, the latter of which is the current voice of the A.I. Theta in Red vs Blue.
    • He is currently married to Ashley Jenkins, whom he participated with in the twenty-eighth season of The Amazing Race. They were eliminated in the penultimate leg of the Race, finishing fourth. As of August 25, 2019, they have a son together.
  • Shares the same birthday as Chris Demarais, January 18.
  • Used to get mistaken for Miles and vice-versa.
  • Made an appearance in the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" episode "The Gang Tends Bar".
  • He also made a short cameo in the comedy film, "Why Him?".
  • In the Season 2 Camp Camp episode, "Gwen Gets a Job", the first manager that interviews Gwen bears a striking resemblance to him.
    • On the first episode of gen:LOCK, a caricature of an elderly Burnie appears as Chase flies between buildings, which Burns described as "my cameo" in the livestream chat.
  • During his last few months as CEO of Rooster Teeth, Burnie sat down with everyone at the company ("It was probably 50 people at the time..?") and asked about their experiences working there and the biggest problem they could identify. "Seriously, out of all the questions I asked, 'The Biggest Problem at Rooster Teeth' had the highest agreement of response, like 80% of the people said basically it was all related to inclusion issues. Of being included in stuff. And that FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) feeling of being left out of everyone else." - Burnie Burns in Always Open #30
  • Burnie is the one who started the meme "GODDAMNIT BARB!" whenever Barbara Dunkelman drops one of her bad puns.
  • On March 11, 2019, Ashley announced on her twitter that she and Burnie are expecting a child.

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