Mort Marcus is co-president of Debmar-Mercury, an innovative leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, with Ira Bernstein.
Debmar-Mercury produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show; produces and distributes the Craig Ferguson-hosted Celebrity Name Game (renewed for a second season starting in fall 2017) with co-producer FremantleMedia North America; has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America’s Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; distributes Tyler Perry sitcoms House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns, as well as Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and, for FX, sitcoms including Lionsgate Television’s Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen and now also airing in national off-network syndication); and has U.S. TV distribution rights to Tosh.0, South Park, Hell’s Kitchen and a movie library featuring titles from Revolution Studios. Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a leading global entertainment company.
Prior to Debmar-Mercury, Marcus served as chairman of Miramax TV & Video for Miramax Films. He was chiefly responsible for handling the vast library of Miramax and its sister company, Dimension Pictures, distributing and marketing titles to the broadcast, cable and home video markets. Additionally, Marcus oversaw the company's growing television production slate, shepherding original television fare such as Project Greenlight with HBO.
Marcus previously was the president of Buena Vista Television, the domestic television distribution division of The Walt Disney Company. Marcus oversaw all of the syndicator’s programming, sales and marketing efforts, as well as pay-per-view and pay TV. Under his leadership, Buena Vista Television became a powerhouse in the syndication, cable, network and pay-per-view businesses, setting a precedent for innovative programming and campaigns.
Marcus also served as executive vice president, sales and development, for the Walt Disney Internet Group, the internet division of The Walt Disney Company. Marcus played a key role in Disney's expansion to the internet, handling successful startups Disney.com, Family.com, Go.com and ESPN.com.
Before joining Disney, Marcus served as president of the telecommunications business at Qintex Entertainment. His earlier roles included serving as president at Colex and vice president of television sales at the Samuel Goldwyn Company.
Marcus received a bachelor’s degree in radio/television/film from San Diego State University.