Mark Sennet Entertainment Signs Venture Deal to Executive Produce CEO Poker Show

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Mark Sennet, executive producer of television series, movies, miniseries and feature films, has signed on to executive producer the CEO Poker Show, where CEOs will battle for the Chairman of the Poker Room. The poker event will take place at The Palms in Las Vegas, Oct 22-27, this fall.

Mark Sennet, executive producer of television series, movies, miniseries and feature films, has signed on to executive producer the CEO Poker Show, where CEOs will battle for the Chairman of the Poker Room. The poker event will take place at The Palms in Las Vegas, Oct 22-27, this fall.

Sennet will produce the first poker reality/documentary for television. Viewers will see CEOs bluffing, folding, and going all in, interlaced with company, home life and personal footage. The CEO Poker Show will make power player participants the new celebrities of television.

“CEOs battling to be Chairman of Poker makes for entertaining television,” says Mark Sennet. This is more than a poker show. We want to show viewers another side of the power players that run America’s most successful companies and international companies abroad."

CEO Poker Show will host over 300 CEOs ranging from the world of the Internet, Industry, Real Estate, and Fortune 500 companies. The Executive Officers will be ready to temporarily resign from the boardroom, and instead battle with cards in the poker room.

“We look forward to working with Mark Sennet on the CEO Poker productions,” says William Peraza Jr., creator and CEO of CEO Poker. “The CEO Poker Show will know have a production team that has a vision and passion for the sport of poker, while bringing a unique entertaining perspective to the filming of the participants. CEO Poker is going to change the face of poker together with Mark Sennet Entertainment.”

Currently in post-production, Sennet’s latest production Touch the Top of the World for the A & E Network, portrays the incredible story of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind mountain climber that reached the summit of Mt. Everest in May 2000. He was also recently a producer on the independent feature, Local Color, starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ray Liotta and Ron Pearlman, in post-production as well. The adaptation of Stephen King’s best selling novel, Desperation, directed by Mick Garris (The Shining, The Stand), was executive produced by Sennet. It is set to air on ABC as a three-hour miniseries May 18th 2006.

Other projects currently in development include working with former White House deputy chief of staff Mike Deaver on Reykjavick, which is about the arms control summit in the Reagan era that changed the world we live in today. Cooperating on this project is former Secretary of State George Shultz and Key Aid to Reagan, Ken Edelman. The Secret Service is also a series being developed about a husband and wife team of secret service agents. Mark has the full cooperation with the US Secret Service who are consulting on this show.

Sennet’s executive producer credits include the CBS pilot Dr. Vegas, a TV series about the house doctor at a Vegas hotel, starring Rob Lowe, Joe Pantoliano and Tom Sizemore. The series debuted on CBS’ fall schedule in 2004.

Prior to his work on CBS, Sennet created and executive produced the HBO series K Street, partnering with Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney’s Section 8 Entertainment, with both Soderbergh and Clooney under the helm. K Street aired ten episodes on HBO and was a half hour series that took us into the underbelly of Washington's high power politics. It was based on the experiences of real life Political Consultant Michael Deaver, as well as James Carville and Mary Matalin who starred in it as well.

Other projects Sennet executive produced include, The Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Story with Storyline and CBS -- starring Sean Hayes as Jerry Lewis and Jeremy Northam as Dean Martin which aired in November of 2002. He also completed Inside The Osmonds, a television movie for ABC Entertainment, which aired in February of 2001.

Sennet has also sold the series Rock n’ Roll Mama, an original idea that he developed with his writing partner Joel Levin. They are set to write and executive produce it for the Fox network. The series will star Paula Abdul as a mother who goes on tour as the lead singer in her son’s band.

Before starting Sennet Entertainment, Mark Sennet was based at Merv Griffin Entertainment, where he aggressively pursued projects for television and film, and was instrumental in securing a $250 million feature film financing facility for the company. Some of the feature films that Mark developed while at Merv Griffin Entertainment are: Barnes, a powerful character story about the tumultuous relationship between legendary art collector A.C. Barnes and famous author James Michener (Robin Williams was attached to star and Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy", "Double Jeopardy" is attached to direct); Finders Keepers, a romantic comedy that Sennet is producing with The Ladd Company and Bette Midler's All Girl Productions; and Sons of Guns, inspired by a true story in the vein of "The Wonder Years" meets "The Godfather," to be written by George Gallo (Analyze This, Midnight Run) and produced by Mark Sennet and David Permut (Face/Off).

Prior to joining Merv Griffin Entertainment, Mark Sennet spent six years at Citadel Entertainment, an Alliance Atlantis Company. While at Citadel, Mark executive produced the highly acclaimed ABC sweeps movie Dying To Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story (Crystal Bernard, Esai Morales). He also executive produced the highly successful FOX movie Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story (Bonnie Bedelia, Neil Patrick Harris). Prior to this, Sennet Executive Produced the movie Miracle On I-880 (Ruben Blades, David Morse) for NBC and Deliver Them From Evil: The Taking of Alta View (Harry Hamlin, Teri Garr) the highest rated Tuesday night movie of the year for CBS.

Previous to joining Citadel in 1993, Sennet spent two years at Columbia Pictures Television. While at Columbia, Sennet produced Switched at Birth (Bonnie Bedelia), the highly rated and critically acclaimed NBC miniseries for which he received an Emmy nomination in the Best Drama/Comedy Special and Miniseries category.

Mark Sennet was also a producer at The Guber-Peters Entertainment Company (Rainman/Batman/Gorillas in the Mist) where he was brought in to executive produce reality-based projects for television and film. Previously, Sennet discovered, sold and co-produced the original In The Line of Duty: The FBI Murders, his first venture into producing and a project that went on to become a ten-year NBC franchise. Sennet was also co-producer on the highly successful TNT movie The Last Capone (Eric Roberts, Adrian Pasdar and Ally Sheedy).

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