Marcus, Mort

Marcus, Mort

Co-President at Debmar-Mercury

Mort Marcus is Co-President of Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, an innovative leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets.

The brand-name programming supplier distributes the Fremantle-produced game show hit Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey; produces and distributes Sherri, the top-rated new, nationally syndicated daily talk show hosted by actress, comedian, best-selling author and TV personality Sherri Shepherd and the Daytime Emmy-nominated viral sensation, Caught In Providence; distributes Game Show Network’s People Puzzler, hosted by actress, best-selling author, producer and television personality Leah Remini, to broadcast stations for fall 2023; as well as the 10/90 sitcoms it pioneered including Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and the Debmar-Mercury/Lionsgate Television comedy Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen). 

A 2018 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame honoree, Marcus previously served as president of The Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista Television (BVTV) from 1994-99. During Marcus’ tenure leading Disney’s domestic television production and distribution division, he oversaw all of the syndicator’s programming, sales and marketing efforts, as well as pay-per-view and pay TV. Under his leadership, BVTV became a powerhouse in the syndication, cable, network, and pay-per-view businesses. 

Marcus also held other roles at Disney, including Executive Vice President, Sales and Development, for the Walt Disney Internet Group, the company’s internet division, playing a key role in Disney's expansion to the internet and handling successful startups Disney.com, Family.com, Go.com and ESPN.com. 

He also served as Chairman of Miramax TV & Video for Disney’s Miramax Films, where 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; and overseeing the company's growing television production slate, shepherding original television fare such as Project Greenlight with HBO.

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.

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