As Head Writer (70plus episodes) and lyricist for Nick Jr.’s LazyTown, Mark Valenti helped to propel that show to its #1 rating debut. He also served as Story Editor for Nickelodeon’s bloc of animated shows including Rugrats, Catdog, Hey Arnold, and The Wild Thornberrys. He has created content for numerous Nickelodeon ancillary products, including computer games, books, commercials, promotional materials and song lyrics. He has also written for Back to the Future, Olivia, Gaspard and Lisa, Totally Spies, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh.
Additionally, Valenti wrote the movies Menno’s Mind, which debuted on Showtime, and Like Father, Like Santa, which aired on the ABC Family Channel. He also wrote the high school comedy, The Devil and Danny Webster for The Disney Channel.
He has just completed the screenplay for the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie for 2011, The Christmas Pageant, starring Melissa Gilbert and Edward Herrmann. He scripted the annual holiday special, The Christmas Angel, for NBC. His family/action feature film script Planet Fred was acquired by Dreamworks, and his family action comedy Bob the House was picked up by Paramount Studios. An action drama, Pursuit, was developed by TwentiethCentury Fox Studios.Valenti was Creative Director for a team tasked with reimagining Disney’s California Adventures theme park in California, and also served as Creative Manager for Disney Interactive. Prior to his writing career, Valenti was Vice President of Development for John Hughes Entertainment, during the production period of Home Alone, Uncle Buck, Christmas Vacation, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Valenti began his career with a twoyear stint as a Production Associate at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, followed by several years as Script Analyst for Ron Howard, Oprah Winfrey and Sydney Pollack’s production companies.