Neal Marshad (born April 25, 1952) is an American film and television producer, director, cinematographer, advertising executive, internet strategist, and designer.
He was born on April 25, 1952, in Peekskill, New York, grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, and since 1975 Marshad resides in Tribeca in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Starting in 1971, Marshad attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts for Film and TV, with mentorship by his professor George C. Stoney who taught documentary filmmaking. Marshad's classmates included Barry Sonnenfeld, Amy Heckerling, Susan Seidelman, Martin Brest, Mitchell Block and Leonard Maltin.
David Sonnenberg introduced Marshad to Meat Loaf and Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes. Southside Johnny then commissioned Marshad to direct a documentary film including a live concert at the Asbury Park Convention Hall on August 8, 1979. The film was first shown in January 1980 on Warner Cable's QUBE in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1982, Marshad formed Neal Marshad Productions, and started producing films for IBM in the US and Europe using the ARPANET to facilitate global communications between crews and clients. IBM commissioned Marshad to direct a documentary film about architect Renzo Piano and the IBM Traveling Technology Pavilion in Paris. In 1984 Marshad collaborated with actor/producer Michael Douglas and Rolling Stone Magazine publisher Jann Wenner, and the New York City Police Department to produce a documentary film about handgun ownership dedicated to Wenner's friend John Lennon.
in 1989 and 1990, Marshad produced, directed and photographed two standup comedy specials sponsored by Johnnie Walker. The one-hour specials were broadcast respectively on The Comedy Channel (United States) in 1989 and on Comedy Central in 1990, for which Marshad directed then unknown comedians Steve Harvey, Ray Romano, Brian Kiley, Judd Apatow and Ellen Cleghorne.
In 1993, while working for IBM Latin America, and creating a documentary film about making the Vatican Library accessible online, Marshad pioneered streaming video on the internet, and was first to stream a video on a BBC’s website in 1995.
In 1996, Marshad formed The Marshad Technology Group, a digital agency, and was hired by clients including Chanel, Neiman Marcus, Beiersdorf La Prairie, and the BBC to strategize, create and launch their internet businesses. In the same year, he was commissioned by Speedo, the swimwear manufacturer, to create and launch Speedo.com. Marshad was the first to enable email communication between Olympic athletes and sports fans online. This was for the Olympics Summer games in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1997, Marshad started to collaborate with playwright Edward Albee and Martha Wadsworth Coigney to create the first website for International Theatre Institute. The goal of the website was to promote open and free communications among playwrights, actors, directors and all people working in theater around the world. For that effort, Marshad streamed audio interviews which he recorded of Albee. This was the first recorded performance Albee allowed to be published on the World Wide Web.
In 1998, Marshad worked as segment producer and cinematographer on the TV special Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman, collaborating with writer/director Tom Schiller and actors Phil Hartman and Jan Hooks which became the last tribute to Hartman in a special send off by all the current and past SNL cast members who worked with Hartman including Candice Bergen, Dana Carvey, Danny DeVito, Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and William Shatner. Al Franken was one of the writers as well as Conan O'Brien and others.
Marshad was director of photography (videographer) for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education interviews of Martin Greenfield in Westhampton, New York. Under the direction of Steven Spielberg, the Foundation has collected the permanent testimony of over 52,000 holocaust survivors, liberators, rescuers, and war crimes trial participants.
Marshad collaborated again with playwright Edward Albee to create videos of his performances at the Jack Lenor Larsen sculpture garden at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York in 1999. Marshad was hired in October 1999 by Janet Gurwitch, founder of Laura Mercier Cosmetics, to provide strategy, design and technology for www.lauramercier.com.
In September 2001, Marshad collaborated with actor Jerry Stiller, jazz singer Cassandra Wilson and actress Kathleen Turner, to create "What Can I Do?" a public service television campaign for the Citizens Committee for New York City to help residents recover from the destruction of the September 11 attacks. Marshad had previously collaborated with the Citizens Committee for New York City starting in 1977 to help NYC residents recover from New York City blackout of 1977 and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and created the "Who Cares About NYC?" public service television campaign with Diane von Fürstenberg, Otto Preminger, Robert Merrill, Jack Gilford, Dina Merrill, Cliff Robertson, Gato Barbieri, Alan King (comedian), Robert Klein, Henny Youngman, and others.
In August 2011 Neal Marshad signed an agreement with the Apollo Theater to exclusively develop, joint venture and produce musical and comedy filmed entertainment for online streaming to worldwide audiences.
In 2012 Marshad worked as segment producer, segment director, and segment director of photography for a TV special produced by and starring Steve Harvey. During 2013, Mr. Marshad contracted with Caswell-Massey and Sunstar America to provide creative development, online advertising strategy, design and marketing for their brands. Caswell-Massey is one of the oldest continuously operating companies in the United States.
The Marshad Technology Group achieved Google Partner status in March, 2014. Marshad was asked, in May 2014, to become DOWNTOWN Magazine's Digital Media Advisor and was offered a board position.
On October 11, 2014, "Love is a Dream", a film Marshad produced and photographed, was broadcast on NBC Saturday Night Live as a tribute to former cast member Jan Hooks who died on October 8, 2014. The film was also included in the NBC Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special which aired February 15, 2015.
Steve Harvey and Deep Dish Productions of Chicago, LLC contracted with Marshad in October 2015 to provide Segment Producer/Director/Director of Photography services for The Steve Harvey Show on NBC.
In November 2016, Microsoft asked Marshad to become a Microsoft Bing Partner.
- NYTimes.com News From the Advertising Industry article
- Marshad Technology Group/Neal Marshad Productions' Facebook Page
- NYTimes.com Style Section article
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuBooT9K3Ic Cassandra Wilson "Sing With Your Neighbors" TV spot
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj26LDPOfKM Jerry Stiller "Get Off Your Tuchas!" TV spot
- http://www.hulu.com/watch/698984 "Love is a Dream"
- http://www.longhouse.org/pages/who-we-are "Internal Advisory Board, LongHouse Reserve