In 1981, he accepted the position of Senior Agent at the Creative Artists Agency, where he had among his clients Tom Cruise, Sydney Pollack, Robin Williams, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, John Landis, David Cronenberg, Roger Donaldson, Michael Apted, Harold Becker, Frank Oz, Howard Zieff, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. Marcus also packaged such movies as Terry Gilliam's Academy Award winning The Fisher King, John Landis' comedy blockbuster Trading Places, and An American Werewolf in London, as well as David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.
In 1993, Marcus was named President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Pictures, where he oversaw the release of such films as the smash hit comedy Get Shorty, the thriller Species, which had the biggest opening weekend of any MGM film in history, Kingpin, which landed on Gene Siskel's 10 Best List, the critically acclaimed 2 Days in the Valley, and the hit sci-fi actioner Stargate. After his MGM tenure, Marcus was a partner at MBST Entertainment, which produced Good Morning, Vietnam and Throw Mama from the Train, where, in addition to production, he was involved in managing clients of the company including Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
In October 1999, Marcus formed Cornice Entertainment, a production and management company that manages approximately 20 clients including Peter Hyams (A Sound Of Thunder, Timecop, The Presidio, Running Scared), Paul Brickman (Risky Business, Men Don't Leave), Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields) Jeremiah Chechik (Benny & Joon, Diabolique, The Avengers, National Lampoons, Christmas Vacation) and Robert Harmon (The Hitcher).
Most recently he helped formed the feature film distribution company MAC Releasing, which focuses on edgy, innovative films, aimed at niche markets.
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