President at Marks Entertainment + Media
Andy Marks is an entertainment and marketing industry pioneer, investor, and entrepreneur, and a recognized leader in branded entertainment and content marketing, with nearly two decades helping marketers and content creators find the common ground that leads to great brand storytelling.
He is co-founder and Partner of Grasshopper + Marks Productions, a new production company focused on issue-based, artistic storytelling supported by brands, non-profits, and foundations, directed by a roster of award winning filmmakers, and distributed worldwide across multiple platforms. Projects include BREWMASTER, a feature length documentary film supported by global beer brand Pilsner Urquell about craft beer culture, being released in theaters and on VOD in early 2018; a brand supported short documentary film series on the socioeconomic health impacts of pests – mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites; and a feature documentary COOK EAT MAN WOMAN, part of GENERATION FOOD, a worldwide movement focused on fixing the global food system, with author and food activist Raj Patel, Executive Produced by award winning filmmaker Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “The Interruptors”).
He is also President of Marks Entertainment + Media, a strategic consultancy through which he advises clients on a range of issues, and makes strategic investments in companies at the intersection of branding, entertainment, media and technology. Clients and investments include CBS EcoMedia, ICF Olson, Velocidi, Carii, Inc., BRaVe Ventures, Epic Magazine, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Entertainment, Above Average, and Turner Networks.
Before G+M and MEM, Marks was GM and co-founder of MATTER, a leading entertainment, sports and experiential marketing agency, and subsidiary of Edelman, the world’s largest Public Relations firm, which is now United Entertainment Group, a DJE Company. There he developed entertainment marketing strategies, and produced award winning branded entertainment content for leading global brands including Brita, Clorox, Quaker, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Dove, Pepsi, GlaxoSmithKline, Symantec, Phillips Van Heusen, and Activision.
Prior to co-founding MATTER, Marks headed brand partnerships at Hypnotic, a multi-media production company backed by Universal Pictures, and home to director Doug Liman (BOURNE IDENTITY, MR. AND MRS. SMITH). He launched such pioneering branded entertainment programs as Reebok’s Cannes Gold Lion award-winning TERRY TATE, OFFICE LINEBACKER and the CHRYSLER MILLION DOLLAR FILM FESTIVAL. Prior to Hypnotic, he was Director of Sales and Sponsorships at the Hollywood Stock Exchange.
He is a sought-after speaker at such industry forums as NATPE, Paley Center for Media, CES, Digital Hollywood, Videonomics Summit, Streaming Media East, Media Hungary, and Advertising Week, and is a member of the board of advisors for the Hollywood Advertising Upfronts.
He holds a B.A. from Colgate University and resides in New York City with wife Nanette and their two children.