Category Archive: TV Business

Throwback Thursdays – Hit Maker Summit 2010 and 2014

Wow,  how young we felt and lWayne Carter lectureooked four years ago!

(on the left) This picture of me (Jeanne), Mark and Wayne Carter was taken at our Hit Maker Summit of 2010.

HMS 2014, Wayne, Jeanne, Mark lecture



(on the right) Here it is August 2014,  four years later and we are having our Hit Maker Summit here in Orlando.   The three of us doing it again.  We had a great workshop and our Clients loved it.    Yes, Mark has on a similar shirt in both photos – they are not the same shirt. He likes blue!




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What Networks Want – truTV


Chris Linn, President of  truTV, is a  good friend and former colleague of mine (Jeanne) from our Nickelodeon days.  At the Realscreen West 2014 Summit earlier this year,  Chris gave me some great notes that  truTV  Network is looking for hybrid shows, reinventions, mash ups, comedy and new sketch comedy shows.  “Impractical Jokers” and “The Carbonaro Effect” are both rating winners and they’re looking for shows with the same fun attitude.   Their demographics is 55% males in the age bracket of 35 to 40 years old.  truTV would also like authentic excursions and do not like fake reality.



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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


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

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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?

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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!


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