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Producer of ‘Saw’ Films and ‘Two and a Half Men’ TV Series to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — A producer of the “Saw” horror movie franchise and the hit CBS show “Two and a Half Men” will talk about his experiences in the film industry at Ithaca College on Thursday, April 3. Mark Burg will present “The Business of the Film Business: Challenges, Opportunities and an Unconventional Point of View” at noon in Park Hall Auditorium. His talk is free and open to the public.

A 1981 graduate of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, Burg is the co-founder of Twisted Pictures, which focuses primarily on producing horror films, and Evolution Entertainment, which produces movies and television shows and manages writers, directors and actors.

While serving as Charlie Sheen’s manager, Burg helped him become one of the highest paid actors on television for starring on “Two and a Half Men” and later the FX sitcom “Anger Management.”

Burg’s early producing credits included the hit films “Bull Durham” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.” He served for several years as president of Island Pictures, helping bring to the screen “Toy Soldiers,” “Airheads” and “The Gingerbread Man,” among other movies. Since launching Evolution in 1998, his producing credits include the Denzel Washington thriller “John Q.”

In 2004, Burg and his producing partners took a gamble by personally financing a film by a first-time writing/directing duo after seeing a few minutes of sample footage. That film — “Saw” — has gone on to spawn six sequels from Twisted Pictures totaling over $800 million in box office receipts.

At the opposite end of the movie spectrum, Burg also produced the 2013 Christian musical drama “Grace Unplugged” and the romantic crime drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which won the cinematography award and was nominated for the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Burg’s presentation is sponsored by the School of Business and Roy H. Park School of Communications. For more information, contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or mgattine@ithaca.edu.



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