Mark Joseph (producer)

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Mark Joseph
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Born (1968-01-27) January 27, 1968 (age 46)
Occupation Producer, columnist, talk-show host, author and publisher
Years active 1988–present
Website
http://www.markjoseph.com/

Mark Joseph is an American multimedia producer, author, and founder/CEO of MJM Entertainment Group and Bully! Pulpit. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and children.

Early life and education[edit]

Joseph was born in Tokyo, Japan and after graduating from the Christian Academy in Japan in 1986 moved to Los Angeles to attend Biola University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in communication in 1990.

Early career & TV[edit]

While in college in 1988, Joseph founded MJM Entertainment Group, coordinating recording sessions for Japanese bands and producing documentaries for Japanese TV networks NTV, NHK, and Fuji TV. Joseph has worked steadily as a TV Talk show host and correspondent for a variety of media outlets. In 1992 when the co-host of the Group W broadcast, The Wow Wow Entertainment Report, decided to take a sabbatical to star in a film, Joseph was chosen to fill in on a temporary basis. What was to have been a two-month engagement turned into a full-time position when the network appointed Joseph as co-anchor of the broadcast. Soon afterward, the program was acquired by CNN and Joseph continued to anchor the program for CNN. In 1994 the show was not renewed and Joseph turned his attention to creating a pilot for a culturally relevant political/pop culture talk show for CNN called Culture Clash which he hosted and produced. Although the show was not picked up, later that year Joseph began producing and hosting another talk show for Japan's NHK Network called The Interview.[1] Set in Los Angeles, the program featured one on one interviews with American cultural icons like CNN's Larry King, providing a window into American society for millions of Asian viewers. After three successful seasons, the show was re-christened LA Frontline and ran for two additional seasons. Joseph continues to host and produce talk shows, most recently the Bully! Pulpit show, an online talk show that features Joseph interviewing newsmakers for his news blog site, Bullypulpit.com

Film[edit]

From 2000–2005, he worked in development and marketing for Walden Media[2] and Crusader Entertainment where he served as a special consultant to the presidents of both companies. Joseph worked in the areas of development, marketing and music and oversaw a nine-member marketing team which marketed Walden/Crusader films like Holes, Because of Winn Dixie, I Am David, Joshua, Children on Their Birthdays and others. In 2001, Joseph co-founded the Damah Film Festival, a short film festival whose mission is to "encourages an emerging generation of filmmakers from diverse perspectives to voice the spiritual aspect of the human experience through film and provides a forum for these artists to develop, discuss and display their vision"[3][4] and serves as president of the board of directors. In 2004 Joseph produced two short films, The Bridge and Cupid with co-producer Ralph Winter. He is producing three films, Reagan,[5][6][7] Doonby,[8][9] and IX.

Music[edit]

Joseph is also an award-winning record producer who has worked with artists like Lauryn Hill, P.O.D., Switchfoot, Lifehouse, Sixpence None The Richer, Scott Stapp of Creed, MxPx, Dr. John, ZZ Top, Blink 182, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Andrae Crouch, and others and in 2004 produced the rock soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ. He began his career in 1988 as a production coordinator for Japanese artists recording their records in the U.S. and in 1990 began distributing recordings by American artists into the Japanese market. In 2008 he launched Bully! Pulpit Records, a joint-venture label with Nettwerk Music Group. The label's first artist, Molly Jenson, released her first CD, "Maybe Tomorrow" in March 2009.[10] Joseph is producing the debut record of a band he discovered, The Kilns.

Author, columnist & publisher[edit]

Joseph is also an author, columnist, and publisher who contributes to a wide array of publications on various topics. He has written for a number of publications, including Billboard Magazine, Beliefnet, Political Mavens, Fox, NRO, and topics ranging from media and culture to politics, and religion. He is currently a regular blogger for the Huffington Post[11] and Fox News and is the founder/publisher of the news and culture portal, Bullypulpit.com. His first book, The Rock & Roll Rebellion: Why People of Faith Abandoned Rock Music and Why They're Coming Back was published in 1999 followed by Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll in 2003. In 2005, he edited the book Pop Goes Religion by Terry Mattingly which was released on his imprint Bully! Pulpit Books in association with Nelson Books. In 2009 Joseph announced a partnership between Bully! Pulpit Books and Midpoint Trade Books, to bring both Joseph's own books and those he edits, to market. The first books in the arrangement are Wild Card: The Promise & Peril of Sarah Palin and The Lion, The Professor & The Movies: Narnia's Journey To The Big Screen," both by Joseph to be released in the fall of 2010; and Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life, by Scott Marshall. The partnership anticipates releasing four books per year.[12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

At the 36th annual GMA Music Awards, Joseph won an award in the Special Event Album of the Year category for his work as producer of the Inspired By Soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ: Songs[13]

Filmography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2010 The Lion, The Professor & The Movies: Narnia's Journey To The Big Screen," Bully! Pulpit Books/Midpoint Trade Books (November 2010)
  • 2010 Wild Card: The Promise & Peril of Sarah Palin," Bully! Pulpit Books/Midpoint Trade Books (October 2010)
  • 2003 Faith, God, and Rock 'n' Roll," Sanctuary Publishing/Baker Books (jointly published)
  • 1999 The Rock & Roll Rebellion," B&H Publishing

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