May 01, 2011

US Expat Revamping Istanbul's Health and Fitness Sector

An American health and fitness guru and entertainment consultant, Tony Hill says he has always known what he had wanted to do with his life. Hill worked in any number of professions before founding his own company in 1991. At the moment, he co-runs the health and fitness center The Burn in Istanbul with his wife, Karen Hill, while managing and directing a host of other business, cultural and educational projects.

A start in the Turkish sitcom “Akasya Taksi,” Hill has also gained some hands-on experience in acting in the Turkish television industry and has plans to make his own fitness program starring his co-actor in the show, Max Bendo.

He also spoke of his plans to work with an American scriptwriter and producer to film the latter's adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes novel in Istanbul. Stating that there was still a lot of room for improvement in the Turkish film and television industry, Hill spoke of bridging the gap between America and Turkey in the areas of entertainment, film and television and health and fitness.

“What I'm doing right now is facilitating deals as there are some investors here that are interested in breaking into the American film industry,” he said.

As well as standing in as the middle-man between Turkey and the U.S., Hill also spoke of organizing some shows and concerts for the “Shakiras” and “Estelles” of Turkey which he had discovered in his outdoor events in May 2010.

“I'm bringing the top choreographers to teach outside in the park, I'm going to have boot camp training, stretching, workshops and classes. It seems like the municipality is building up Nişantaşı – it's like Beverly Hills or a Mini New York, this is going to be the first year that I have the opportunity to work with them. I'm going to do a hip hop festival and concerts, so it's all going to be a lot of fun from May right through to August,” he said.

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