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In conversation with: Mark Itkin, WME

The agenda for the most important global market and conference for the unscripted and factual entertainment industry is online and nearing completion. Take a peek at the panels on tap ...
December 18, 2015

The agenda for the most important global market and conference for the unscripted and factual entertainment industry is online and nearing completion. Take a peek at the panels on tap at the 18th edition of the Realscreen Summit. This “can’t miss” event on the industry calendar is known for inspirational and timely content presented in an interesting variety of formats: structured networking sessions, keynotes and panel discussions, including In conversation with: Mark Itkin, WME.

Mike Darnell calls Mark Itkin “simply the best in the business,” and it’s an assessment shared by many in the television world. Over the course of a 34-year career, the veteran WME agent, one of the key “behind-the-scenes” players in the unscripted programming explosion of the past two decades, packaged such staples as The Real World, Project Runway, Deal or No Deal and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and was also a trailblazing force when it came to bringing international formats such as Big Brother and Hell’s Kitchen to the U.S. He put the agency in the forefront of the first-run syndication business packaging such hits as Ricki Lake and American Gladiators. He also helped devise the 10/90 scripted model with Debmar-Mercury by packaging Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne and Meet The Browns. With the news of his imminent retirement from the agency business, realscreen is proud to host Mark Itkin for a one-on-one conversation in which he will share his thoughts on over three decades in television, the evolution of the unscripted genre and the business behind it, and perhaps cast a glimpse towards its future, and his next plans.

Don’t miss being part of the 18th edition of the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, taking place January 31 to February 3, 2016 at the 5-star Marriott Marquis. The hotel block is filling up quickly, so book your conference hotel room now to avoid disappointment. Rooms are available for check-in January 29 to check-out February 3, 2016, with some shoulder nights available. Reservations can be made by using the Marquis’ Realscreen Summit online reservations system.

Register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 ext 650 or jpinto@brunico.com.

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About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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