Omri Marcus

CEO of The Comic Genome Project

Omri Marcus is the CEO of The Comic Genome Project. He is also the founder and creative director of Comedy for a Change - an international conference on the power of comedy to drive forward social change. Heralded as 'Israeli TV's Wunderkind' by Tablet Magazine, Marcus was a development partner at Red Arrow International, served as a senior writer on Israel’s top comedy panel show and continues to advise international and Israeli production companies on global TV and new-media trends. Over the last 10 years, Marcus has been involved in the development and writing of major entertainment shows on Israeli TV. Among his successes is “Eretz Nehederet” (“What a Wonderful Country”), enjoying regular ratings of over 30% and winning 4 Israeli Academy Awards. In 2009 the Entertainment Master Class granted Marcus its prestigious fellowship, given to professionals involved in designing the media of the future. Over the last year he gave lectures about TV at MIP (Cannes, France), at NYU (New York City, USA) at the Rose d'Or festival (Lucerne, Switzerland), The New-Media Congress (Berlin, Germany), at IDC's content lab (Herzelya, Israel), at the HIT (Holon, Israel), at the last TALA Master-Class (Tel-Aviv, Israel), the EBU gathering (Berlin, Germany) and the Norwegian TV festival (Oslo, Norway). Marcus also writes regularly for numerous leading American and European papers and blogs (Huffington Post, Jewcy etc.) about Israeli current affairs and TV business. In his spare time Marcus volunteers in his family humanitarian organization - Eye from Zion. The organization performs free medical surgeries in third world countries.