Life and career
Abraham began his career as a copywriter for Young & Rubicam in New York City after graduating from the University of Virginia. He left advertising to pursue a full-time writing career and worked as a freelance sportswriter for several newspapers and magazines. He also wrote two books on the International Olympic Games for Universal Press.
Abraham's entry into film began with the documentary, Playing to Win, an inside look at the Cuban athletic system. He wrote several screenplays for studios and networks including 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and CBS. He also wrote for the popular series 21 Jump Street and Moonlighting.
He was a founding partner at Beacon Communications, a financing and production company founded in 1990.
Abraham brought to the big screen Flash of Genius, released by Universal Pictures in Fall 2008, which marked his directorial debut and stars Greg Kinnear and Lauren Graham. Based on a true story, this David vs. Goliath tale tells the story of a small time inventor who takes on the Detroit automakers. Also for Universal Pictures, Abraham is producing Trouble is My Business, an adaptation of Raymond Chandler's detective-noir classic, starring Clive Owen. He produced the remake of The Thing for Strike Entertainment alongside Eric Newman.
- A Thousand Acres (1997)
- Air Force One (1997)
- The Family Man (2000)
- Bring it On (2000)
- Spy Game (2001)
- The Emperor's Club (2002)
- Tuck Everlasting (2002)
- The Rundown (2003)
- Dawn of the Dead (2004)
- Children of Men (2006)
- Let's Go to Prison (2006)
- Slither (2006)
- Flash of Genius (2007)
- The Last Exorcism (2009)
- In Time (2011)
- The Thing (2011)
- The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
As Executive Producer
During its first few years, Beacon Communications produced award-winning films like The Commitments which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as best picture in 1992 and also went on to win four BAFTA awards; and Keith Gordon's A Midnight Clear, starring Ethan Hawke. In a co-venture with Turner Pictures, Abraham executive produced David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre. Beacon also produced Sugar Hill, starring Wesley Snipes; Princess Caraboo, starring Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline; The Road to Wellville, directed by Alan Parker and starring Anthony Hopkins; and The Baby-Sitters Club, based on the best-selling series of books from Scholastic.
Awards and affiliations
Abraham is a member of the Writer's Guild, the Producer's Guild, and on the board of the Virginia Film Festival and the Violence Policy Center. He has been honored with the Spirit of Chrysalis Award, which recognized Abraham for his outstanding commitment to helping change lives through jobs, and helping thousands of disadvantaged and homeless individuals and families in Los Angeles.
- Kinnear, Graham get 'Flash of Genius' – Entertainment News, Film News, Media – Variety
- Frank Miller takes on 'Trouble' – Entertainment News, Film News, Media – Variety
- Producers Talk Attraction to The Thing Prequel
- Strike Entertainment Producers Call Making 'The Thing' "Irresistible"
- HFPA – Awards Search
- Chrysalis Award fete Abraham, Shepherd – Entertainment News, Other News, Media – Variety
- Carr, Sara, "Flash of Genius director Marc Abraham talks to Greyhound", The Greyhound, Loyola College, Section: Arts & Society, Baltimore, Maryland, September 23, 2008.
- Marc Abraham at the Internet Movie Database
- Marc Abraham Yahoo! Movies profile
- Universal Pictures web site