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Bio

2016: Obama's America

Mark Joseph is an award-winning music and film producer, author, columnist, commentator and founder of MJM Entertainment Group.

Mark got his start in the entertainment industry as a teenager, writing a column on music at the age of 13 and worked consistently throughout his teens in television commercials and as a radio disc jockey. His career in television began in 1992 when he anchored the Entertainment Report for Group W and CNN and he spent the next decade hosting the TV show, The Interview, which featured one on one interviews with guests like Larry King, Charlton Heston, Jay Leno and dozens of others for Japan’s flagship NHK Television Network. From 2000-2005, he worked in development and marketing for the Presidents of sister companies Walden Media and Crusader Entertainment, both part of the Anschutz Entertainment Group. He has worked in the development and/or marketing of 73 films including Ray, Holes, I Am David, The Chronicles of Narnia, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Passion of The Christ, Little Boy and others.

In 2004, he co-produced two short films, Cupid and The Bridge with producer Ralph Winter and in 2010 produced the film Doonby. He has served as a producer on films such as The Vessel starring Martin Sheen, Max Rose featuring Jerry Lewis, Frank vs. God, America, The Unknowns, Silence Patton and Japan: Searching For The Dream. He is currently producing the film Reagan. He was co-founder and currently serves as president of the Damah Film Festival.

Through his MJM label, Mark released 100 albums by American artists into the Japanese market since1990 and in 2008 Mark launched Bully! Pulpit Records, a joint venture label with Nettwerk Music Group, releasing Molly Jenson’s debut album, Maybe Tomorrow, worldwide in 2009. In 2004 he produced the award-winning rock soundtrack for The Passion of The Christ featuring Lauryn Hill, P.O.D., Creed, MxPx, Blink 182, Kirk Franklin and others, produced the B.J. Thomas song Walk On for his film Doonby and in 2014 produced Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine’s version of The Star Spangled Banner for the film America.

He is the author of several books including The Rock & Roll Rebellion, Faith, God & Rock ‘n’ Roll & The Lion, The Professor & The Movies and in 2009 formed a partnership with Midpoint Trade Books to release titles from his imprint Bully! Pulpit Books. His most recent book Rock Gets Religion: The Battle For The Soul of The Devil’s Music was released in 2018.

He is a Senior Columnist for Newsweek Magazine and in the past was a regular contributor to Forbes and Investor’s Business Daily and wrote for The Huffington Post for 13 years. He’s written widely on politics and pop culture for a variety of publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Wrap, Christianity Today, The Jewish Press, Billboardand others. Mark lives in the Los Angeles area with his family.

Music

2016: Obama's America

Mark Joseph is a music producer who has worked with many of today’s top recording artists including Lauryn Hill, P.O.D., Sixpence None The Richer, Scott Stapp of Creed, MxPx, Dr. John, ZZ Top, Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Andrae Crouch, and many others.

In 2009 he formed a joint venture label with Nettwerk Music Group whose first album by recording artist Molly Jenson was released in partnership with Sony Music. Joseph began work in the studio while still in college as coordinating producer on the first of two dozen albums by various pop and rock artists. Later he began producing music for corporate clients like Ford, Nissan, Honda, Canon and others. He supervised the international distribution of over 100 records into the Japanese market by artists including Chevelle, Sixpence None The Richer, Mozart, Jon Gibson and others. In 2003 he produced the inspired-by soundtrack for The Passion of The Christ for which he received a GMA Music Award. In 2010 he produced the BJ Thomas “Walk On” for the film Doonby and in 2014 produced Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner for the film America.

The Star Spangled Banner

by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth

Walk On

by B.J. Thomas

Film

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Joseph worked for the presidents of both Walden Media and Crusader Entertainment (both of the Anschutz Film Group) from 2001-2005, playing a key role in the development and/or marketing of a dozen films including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Ray, Holes, Amazing Grace, I Am David, Joshua, Because of Winn Dixie and others. In 2004 Mr. Joseph produced two films, Cupid and The Bridge, with producer Ralph Winter and in 2010 produced the film Doonby. Most recently he was a producer on the films Max Rose starring Jerry Lewis, The Vessel starring Martin Sheen, Silence Patton, Frank vs. God and No Safe Spaces. Currently, Mr. Joseph is producing the film Reagan.
He is a co-founder and president of the board of directors of the Damah Film Festival.


The Bridge


Cupid

Columns

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Mr. Joseph is a regularly featured columnist contributing to a variety of publications on topics ranging from media to culture to politics to spirituality and international issues. His writings have appeared at a variety of publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Thewrap.com, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Christianity Today, The Jewish Press and others. He spent 13 years as a contributor to the Huffington Post before moving to Newsweek where he is currently a senior columnist.

Books

2016: Obama's America

Mr. Joseph has published three books on the intersection of rock music and religion, The Rock & Roll Rebellion in 1999, Faith, God & Rock ‘n’ Roll in 2003 and Rock Gets Religion in 2018. In 2010 he wrote The Lion, The Professor & The Movies: Narnia’s Journey To The Big Screen. In 2005 he launched Bully! Pulpit Books as general editor and released Pop Goes Religion, by Scripps-Howard News Service reporter Terry Mattingly. In 2018 the imprint released Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life by author Scott Marshall. Joseph has also served as a contributor to the St. James Encyclopedia Of Pop Culture.

Television

2016: Obama's America

Mr. Joseph began his career as a television anchor in 1992 as host of  The Wow Wow Entertainment Report which was produced by Group W and then CNN’s Turner Entertainment. In 1994 Joseph began producing and hosting a talk show for Japan’s NHK TV called The Interview featuring one on one interviews with American cultural icons like Larry King, Jay Leno, Charlton Heston and others. After three seasons, the show was renamed LA Frontline and continued for three more seasons. Most recently, Joseph produced and hosted an online talk show, The Bully! Pulpit Show fort the online, Safeworlds TV.

Speaking

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Mr. Joseph speaks to a variety of groups including arts and media conferences, universities, schools, church and civic groups. To inquire about availability please use the contact form.

Contact

2016: Obama's America

Mr. Joseph is available for select interviews with established media outlets.

To schedule an interview contact Joni Rubin at Levine Communications Office.