Entourage Propels Wahlberg

Actor-producer embraces the hyphen
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Sep 8, 2008 10:47 AM CDT
In this June 10, 2008 file photo, Mark Wahlberg attends "The Happening" film premiere in New York.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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(Newser) – Mark Wahlberg continues to beef up his filmography, but behind the scenes the Entourage actor-producer is evolving into a major player. Through his TV production company, Leverage, he's a producer of the hit HBO show, and parlaying acting into producing was always the plan, the onetime Calvin Klein model tells the New York Times..

Wahlberg and his manager and partner Stephen Levinson—their relationship inspired Entourage’s Vince and best-friend/manager Eric—are riding high. “The plan was to not be involved in production until we felt like we had gotten to a good place in Mark’s acting career,” says Levinson Now HBO has committed to the serialized drama In Treatment for another season, and a reality series and high-profile period piece about the 1920s Atlantic City underworld are in the works.