WME Vet Mark Itkin to Retire

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After 34 years with William Morris, and now WME, the unscripted agency partner is stepping down.

Longtime WME agent Mark Itkin is stepping down after 34 years in the entertainment industry.

The agency partner has long been heralded as one of the architects of the modern syndication model and the reality business. Over the course of his lengthy agency career, first with William Morris and then WME, he brokered packages for shows including The Real World, Deal or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Project Runway. Itkin also brought international reality formats, including Big Brother, Fear Factor and Hell's Kitchen, to the U.S., and was a key architect behind the first 10-90 deal with Tyler Perry. 

“Mark is a true visionary. His passion for television, arts and pop culture has led to some of the most groundbreaking programming of all time. He is the definition of a trailblazer, and we are grateful for his many contributions to our company and the industry,” said WME | IMG Co-CEOs Ariel Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell in a joint statement announcing the news Thursday.

Added Itkin, “I have had an incredible run with the William Morris Agency and now WME over the past 34 years.  It’s been a thrill to work with the many talented creators and colleagues over the course of my career, and I feel fortunate to have had a front-row seat on the company’s amazing journey.” 

The UCLA grad, who began his career at entertainment law firm Mitchell Silberberg, will continue with the agency through 2015.