New AC system

Mark here. A few days ago the AC went out in my offices. Jeanne and the rest of the gang are nice and cool, but I’ve been sweating my ass off for the last few days.

The smell of the putty they are using is almost overwhelming. I’m probably getting quite high over here. I’m writing scripts all day, so maybe they’ll be more creative than normal.

Is everything supposed to look purple? Why do I see tracers as anything moves? Why do I have 27 fingers.. whoaaaaaa.

AC install


We just saw this fun interview with Jason Zimbler. Jason played Ferguson on Clarissa Explains It All. Jeanne was one of the producers of the series.

Jeanne and I played racquetball with Jason and his father every week during production. We had a great time. We were all competitive and would end each game exhausted and sometimes bruised.

Here’s an interview with Jason on what he’s been up to since the show ended.

#fergwad #clarissa



America’s Got Talent is better than it’s been in years. The talent is amazing. The judges are fun. We’ve really enjoyed it.

Wow, what a finale. Matt the Magician does things I’ve never seen (and he’s the first magician to make it to the finals).

Emily West is a star. Whether she wins or not, she’ll be a star. No doubt. She has that X-Factor. She’s a diva.

Miguel Dakota also has a star quality. Emily is better, but girls vote. His charisma will make him a star.

Sons of Serendip need to change their name. The name sucks their talent doesn’t.

We’re not really thrilled with Quintavious, but he is amazing for being only 12 years old.

But Acro Army was the star tonight. They did stunts we’ve never seen before. On TV it’s amazing, I can only imagine what it’s like to see them live. They deserve to win.

We actually care who will win this year. The roll-ins for each talent have been great. We care about them. It’s been interesting and we’ve been entertained.

#agt #emilywest #acroarmy

Funny Fridays



#marksimon,#hollyweird,#storyboarding,#artist, #storyboardartist, #marksimonstoryboards,#FunnyFridays,#storyboards-east

Last Comic Standing

Last night we watched the final episode of “Last Comic Standing” and were shocked by who the judges chose as the winner. My whole family thought Nikki Carr was by far the most consistently funny throughout the season.  I was also happy to see that a colleague of mine from the “Clarissa Explains It All” days directed the show, Liz Plonka.





#lastcomicstanding,#jeannesimon,#marksimon, #NikkiCarr,


What Networks Want – amc


Mark Bresaz, Vice President of  Unscripted Programming discussed with me (Jeanne) about what kind of unscripted programming might be right for amc .   Earlier this year they premiered a competition reality show called “Game of Arms.”  It’s an arm wrestling competition featuring strong characters.  amc  is also interested in documentary dramas along the line of the “Men Who Built America”.  Their demographics tends to be movie viewers in general with middle America guys who look for original story telling as their core audience.  amc has a blockbuster line up scripted shows such as  ”Walking Dead” and “Mad Men” and they are always on the look out for reality shows that will complement their scripted programming and keep their core audience watching.

#amc, #jeannesimon, #marksimon, #sellyourtvconceptnow, #BreakingBad, #WalkingDead, #Zombies, #Realitytv, #realitytvshows, #”GameofArms,

Menahem Golan – Dead

The famed producer, Menahem Golan, died over the weekend. Back in my early days in the mid-80′s in Hollywood, I (Mark) was offered to art direct that horrible Captain America movie he produced in 1989.

I REALLY wanted to work on it. As most of you know, I’m a huge comic geek. The problem was, I had just signed on to art direct another movie. While my new movie hadn’t started yet, I felt I couldn’t bale on the production so I had to hang my head low and turn down working on Captain America.

So, did I make the right choice? Hard to say. The movie I worked on was Party Line, starring Richard Hatch and Leif Garrett. Hardly a blockbuster. Ever heard of it?

Just the idea of working on a Cap movie was cool. Damn.

Announcing our Hit Maker Summit Guest Speakers/Mentors



August 24-26, 2014

Orlando, FL

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

#pitchtv #hitmakersummit

Wayne is getting excited for the Hit Maker Summit

We’re getting more and more elements for our Summit. We just got 2 new banners and Wayne is excited.

Good thing we’ll be in a big room. Damn, that teardrop banner is big!

Thanks to our buddy/client Hector Seda for the awesome laughing photo from a recent Summit that we used on the banner.

HMS-Wayne with banners

Throwback Thursdays


Jeanne and Mel Gibson-sm

Me and Mel Gibson, way back when I worked on Lethal Weapon 2 in LA.

I don’t know what I like better, the shot of me with pre-crazy Mel or the photobomber behind us.