Mark Gantt

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Mark Gantt
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Mark Gantt winner Best Actor at the 2nd Streamy Awards
Born Mark Willingham Gantt IV
(1968-12-10) December 10, 1968 (age 48)
Stockton, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality United States
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer
Years active Since 1997
Website http://www.markgantt.com/

Mark Willingham Gantt IV (born December 10, 1968) is an American actor, director, producer and writer. Gantt is best known for his role as Neal Bannen in the Streamy Award-winning web series, The Bannen Way.[1] Gantt grew up in Stockton, California, and comes from a law enforcement family; he drew upon those family experiences as part of the backstory for the title character in The Bannen Way.[2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mark got his start in the entertainment business working in the Art Department, Props and Production on features, TV and commercial projects, while training as an actor and director at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under Milton Katselas.[3]

As an actor, he has worked with Brad Pitt in Ocean's Eleven and Burt Reynolds in The Hollywood Sign. He has also worked in the TV shows Alias, Without A Trace, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.[4]

The Bannen Way[edit]

"Since its January 6 premiere, the action web series The Bannen Way has raked in more than 13 million streams, making it the fastest growing property on Sony's Crackle digital video network. Loaded with crime, gadgets, sexy cars, salacious scenarios and high production costs, the 16-episode series is intended as a vehicle for Crackle to reach a demographic of men 18-34 years old. The Bannen Way also starred, Vanessa Marcil, Michael Ironside, Robert Forster, and Michael Lerner."[5]

"We were tired of waiting for agents to give us a call," said Gantt. "The web allowed us to stretch the boundaries. We got to create a cool show that we wanted to be in that could allow studios to recoup their money."[5]

The Bannen Way was designed as both a 16 episode web series and feature film and has been distributed on VOD, DVD, iTunes, Amazon and Internationally on Cinemax and Sony’s AXN Network.[6]

The Bannen Way Success[edit]

The Bannen Way was number six in Mashable's "The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series February 2010" by Visible Measures with 6,576,886 views.[7] The series was nominated for 7 awards for the 2010 Streamy Awards winning Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor (Mark Gantt) and Best Editing.[8] Awarded Groundbreaker Award for The Bannen Way at the 2010 LA Webfest.[9]

Other Works[edit]

In 2010 Gantt directed two episodes of the branded series, Suite 7 with Shannen Doherty, Dexter’s Jaime Murray, Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock[10] and in 2011, the award-winning short film Donor starring Trevor Algatt and Alexis Boozer.[11]

Mark also teaches acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse[12] and workshops on developing web series with Creator Up.[13]

Mark has been a speaker on several New Media panels at Banff World Media Festival,[14] Digital Hollywood,[15] NATPE,[16] Tubefilter[17] Writer’s Bootcamp,[18] and X-Summit.[19]

In 2011 Mark hosted the first annual NATPE Digital Luminary Awards in Miami, Florida.[20]

September 2015, Lifetime premiered Mark's feature directorial debut, Murder In Mexico: The Bruce Beresford Redman Story, based on the true story of former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman who was convicted in Mexico of the murder of his wife, Mónica.[21]

In April 2016 Mark directed Intricate Vengeance for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's New Form Digital studio. It was part of the 2016 Incubator program, a series to showcase and produce original scripted pilots.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 Volcano Rookie Cop
2001 Straight Right Fila Man
2001 The Hollywood Sign Party Boy
2001 Oceans Eleven Bartender
2002 Good For Nothing Christian Van Dien
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Longshorman
2004 29 and Holding Claude
2005 Devil's Highway Vanni
2005 Pura Lengua Officer Jamison
2010 Taken By Force Stark
2010 The Bannen Way Neal Bannen
2012 Among Friends Nick First AD
2012 Meridian Blake Royce
2013 Hidden In The Woods Costello's Accountant
2013 The Night Visitor Randy
2014 Foe Johan Meyer
2015 The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story Randy
2015 Psychophonia Rudger

TV Series/Internet Productions[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Buffy The Vampire Slayer Demon
2001 Arrest and Trial Donald Newberry
2002 Days of Our Lives Officer Mills
2003 Without A Trace Bartender
2005 Unscripted Actor
2005 Alias Balfour
2006 The Shield Bar Owner
2006 What About Brian Bartender
2010 The Temp Life Thomas Clancy
2011 Leap Year Sergei
2011 Dexter Mills
2011 Once Upon Marcus
2011 The Guild Chet Grunwald
2012 Oishi High School Battle Principal Dave
2012 Sound Advice Marco
2013 The Inn Jeffrey
2013 D-Tec Dobbs
2014 Bluff Nick Westin
2014 Major Crimes Ryan Brooks
2015 American Horror Story:Hotel EMT Worker
2016 Barely Famous Detective Davis
2016 The Arrangement Adam Westfeldt (Recurring)

Awards[edit]

Awards and nominations for Mark Gantt
Year Award Show Category Work Result
2010 2nd Streamy Awards Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series The Bannen Way Won
Best Dramatic Web Series Won
Best Writing in a Dramatic Web Series shared with Jesse Warren Nominated
Best Branded Web Series Nominated
Best New Web Series Nominated
2010 Webby Award Best Drama Web Series Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
2011 Banff World Media Festival Best Drama Web Series Nominated
Best Drama Web Series Suite 7 Nominated
2012 First Glance Film Festival Philadelphia Best Director Short Film Donor Won
Indie Cinema Series Best of the Fest Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crackle.com Launches 'The Bannen Way'". Sony Official Website. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Nelson, Lauren (February 5, 2010). "Gantt's Way". Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Woods, Mark Dundas. "It takes a thief: Mark Gantt and "The Bannen Way"". Simply Showbiz. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gantt's Way". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Rowley, Melissa June. "The Future of TV?: The Story Behind Crackle's "The Bannen Way"". Mashable. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Baldwin, Drew. "‘The Bannen Way:’ A Comedy on HBO?". Tubefilter. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Axon, Samuel. "The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series, February 2010". Mashable. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "'Bannen Way,' 'Guild' top online television noms". Variety. March 1, 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "World’s First and Only Web Series-Only Festival". LA Web Series Festival. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Cohen, Joshua. "Want to Sleep Better? Shannen Doherty and 'Suite 7' Can Help". Tubefilter. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia 15 Winners". FirstGlance Philadelphia Film Festival. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Beverly Hills Playhouse Teachers". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Creator Up Courses". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "BANFF Speakers List". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Digital Hollywood Panelists". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "NATPE Speaker List". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "'The Bannen Way', 'Prom Queen' Light Up Tubefilter Web TV Meetup". 
  18. ^ "Writer's Bootcamp Business Breakfast" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "X-Summit 2012". 
  20. ^ "NATPE Announces 2011 Digital Luminary Award Recipients". NATPE. Press Release. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "TV Review: ‘Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story’". 
  22. ^ "New Form Digital Launches Third Wave of Original Scripted Pilots". 

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