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Talent Agent, President of KMR
Mark is a true Hollywood original, born right in the heart of Tinsel Town and growing up at the corner of Sunset and Gardner. After a stellar school career in which he didn’t finish high school or college, Mark hit the road as a Stage Manager, a vagabond existence which took him around the world (well, Canada and the Caribbean). Mark ultimately ran smack into the arena of large scale theatrical magic shows and ended up working with almost every major magician out there. While doing a two week run with a magician opening for The Judds in Reno, Mark got a call from a friend who told him that RichFields/Freed, an up and coming commercial agency, was looking for an assistant. He jumped in the car, drove all night, and started a twenty seven year career in artist representation. RichFields/Freed soon merged with Talent Group Inc. and Mark worked as an on camera commercial agent for the next five years with a brief stint in the voice over department. He was also a liaison between TGI and Elite Model Management. In 1994 he left to work in the commercial department of Special Artists Agency and brought the Elite account with him. Here he learned the celebrity commercial business as SAA served the clients of CAA in the endorsement world. Six years later, Abrams Artists Agency came calling. Mark took over as Director of On Camera and Voice Over Commercials, with 10 agents working under him in one of the country’s busiest bi-coastal commercial departments. He was asked to develop talent for the theatrical department and soon oversaw the new media division and the alternative programming department. When Abrams decided to add a dancer and choreographer branch, Mark spearheaded the effort. He was instrumental in getting Abrams into the celebrity endorsement area by representing a lengthy roster of A-List clients. At this point in his career, there are very few areas of the business that Mark is not familiar with. In 2013 Mark joined Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates as President and upon Cindy Kazarian’s retirement in 2018 took over as agency owner.
Lisa Pantone has been casting award winning projects for over 20 years and formed Pantone Casting LLC along with her daughter, Gigi Berry, who brings a fresh and modern view to the business. They work closely with all of the top agencies and management firms all over the world to provide the best casting and talent possible for each project that they are involved in.