Category Archive: TV Business

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

We’re about to start

In just a few minutes we’ll be starting our free webinar, 7 Deadly Sins of Pitching TV.

Don’t miss it.

7 Deadly Sins of Pitching TV

Less than 24 hours before we share these sins with you. Well, warn you about the sins anyway.

Don’t worry, nothing bad will happen…unless you don’t follow our warnings.

It’s free. It’s Tuesday night. It’s full of great info. Over 300 people have registered so far. What have you got to lose?

Register NOW at 

Prepping our Hit Maker Summit

We’re spending the weekend and this week working on the details and samples for our upcoming Hit Maker Summit.

Better flow. Better samples. More interactivity. More excitement.

We are SOOOO excited to host this event in August. We have sold HALF the seats already!


#hitmakersummit #pitchtv

7 Deadly Sins of Pitching TV

We’re hosting a free webinar on July 29 to share with you the latest in what to avoid when pitching to network execs.

Put it on your calendar and register to join us.

#pitchtv #7deadlysins

You asked for it!



It’s been a few years, but we are bringing back our popular Hit Maker Summit.

3 packed days of perfecting your pitch, working on your project and all the details of making a deal work.

Early Bird discount ends TOMORROW. Go to for details. Or call us at 407-351-0893.


Animating the Little Rascals

You may remember that Mark Simon produced the opening animated credits of the new Little Rascals movie. Toon Boom software just ran an article about the work Mark did on the movie.

Check out page 8 in their online newsletter:

Toon Boom newsletter

Advice from a show runner

Chris Lloyd (Modern Family): Write from the heart. You can always make a real story funny; you can’t always make a funny story real.


#modernfamily #showrunner