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As a youngling, Ilana Bittner at various times dreamed of being an astronaut, a fighter pilot, an Olympic basketball player, a safari guide, a Disney Imagineer, a lawyer, and a director for Sesame Street. While most of these aspirations aren’t mutually compatible, she’s been fortunate to have achieved many of them vicariously or otherwise through her career in media.
During the summer of 2006, Ilana trained as an astronaut at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL while filming her award-winning kids program, TripFLIX, a uniquely interactive DVD that allows kids to create their own road trip adventures. TripFLIX was the only independently produced DVD to win the 2008 iParenting Media Award, and has also been endorsed by KidsFirst, The Dove Foundation, Parent To Parent, and The Parenting Center.
For five years, Ilana wrote, produced, and directed a weekly television show and several sports documentaries for the University of Maryland Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse programs. These programs aired on WJLA TV7, WMAR TV12, Comcast SportsNet and a dozen other regional sports networks. Although it didn’t take her to the Olympics, she did get to shoot around with many USA basketball players.
While a student at the University of Maryland, Ilana procured an internship with Disney Studios. While never attaining the level of Imagineer, she did write for Disney’s weekly magazine Eyes & Ears, worked as a production assistant for The Mickey Mouse Club and Let’s Make a Deal, and gave tours of the Studio Backlot.
While Big Bird has yet to call, Ilana has written and produced dozens of e-learning programs for both children and adults. Collaborating with partners like McGraw-Hill, Harcourt, Prometric, Merck, Pfizer, Dryers Grand Ice Cream, Maggie Moo, and MediaVest she’s created learning programs about public speaking, geography, asthma, osteoporosis, cardio-vascular disease, and many more.
Ilana’s a University of Maryland alumnus with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film. She’s also earned both a Mouseters and Ducktorate degrees from Disney University. In the Howard County community, Ilana’s been privileged to serve on the board of a variety of organizations, including Leadership Howard County, The Columbia Foundation, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Family and Children’s Services, The Cappies of Baltimore. She was also proud to attend the All-America competition as part of Howard County’s winning contingent. Ilana lives in an a wholly testosterone filled environment with her husband Dave and their sons Scott and Jack.