DIRECTOR – SCREENWRITER – PRODUCER
GREGORY MARQUETTE, a Canadian citizen working in Los Angeles, is a graduate of the renowned British Columbia Institute of Technology. He currently works and lives in Los Angeles producing, directing and writing for television and motion pictures.
He has been a Producer, Director, and Writer since his time at national television networks in Canada. His directing and writing career began in journalism and soon moved into series drama and variety television. Marquette served as a Television Producer/Director and/or Writer for CTV (Canadian Television Network), CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Network) and Global Television in network news and television. He produced, directed and/or wrote over 130 hours of network television.
Upon leaving the television networks he formed the prolific production house, Polaris Entertainment Corporation, moving full-time into television production, television commercials, and motion pictures for eight years, where he served as President and Producer/Director. The company represented fourteen Directors plus eleven Directors of Photography exclusively. And the company earned a sizable international reputation in television commercials, music videos, and film production.
Upon moving to Los Angeles he commenced as a Director and Screenwriter in motion pictures and television. He wrote and directed the award-winning film about Vietnam featuring Oliver Stone and Ed Harris entitled “LEGACY OF WAR” for the American Veterans’ Foundation. He directed for Disney, a George Lucas and Lucasfilm co-production entitled: “INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF THE FORBIDDEN EYE”.
With 26,947 entrants Marquette won “BEST DIRECTOR” award at the annual CLIO AWARDS; which recognizes innovation and creative excellence as judged by an international panel of advertising professionals.
He was Director and Screenwriter for the theatrically released motion picture, “INNOCENTS”, starring Connie Nielsen, Frank Langella, Mia Kirshner, and Anne Archer, which was released by First Look Pictures, Cinerenta, and UFG. He also developed a reputation as a Director and
Writer for hire and was commissioned to write a science fiction TV series (90 minute pilot episode + 5 episodes) of “ICE PLANET” for Space Works Films, CTV Television (Canada), and producer Philip Jackson (“STARHUNTER”).
He wrote & produced the television special called “AN EVENING OF GRACE” starring David Foster, Patti LaBelle, Jane Seymour, Charice, Brian McKnight which was broadcast on BET (for VIACOM). And he was Director and Writer of eight episodes of the television series, “FRAUD SQUAD”, for FSTV Productions and Global Television. Then he shot “MONARCH OF THE MOON” for production company, DARK HORSE ENTERTAINMENT, renowned for the motion pictures: “300”, “PREDATOR”, “SIN CITY”, and “HELL BOY”. He was Screenwriter for renowned Russian film Director, Alexei Uchitel at Rock Films in Moscow, the large-scale war movie “HOUSE OF CHURCHILL”, currently in development. Marquette traveled to Russia to research, develop, and write the original screenplay for this international co-production.
Later he was hired in Tokyo, where he was Screenwriter of the international theatrical motion picture release of “OBA: THE LAST SAMURAI” (World War II drama of the invasion of Saipan) which was distributed theatrically by Nippon TV and Toho Distribution worldwide and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
He shot the Second Unit Action sequences and Directed the Aerial sequences for “THE DEATH AND LIFE OF BOBBY Z” starring Paul Walker, Larry Fishburne, Olivia Wilde for Millennium Pictures, Eclectic Pictures, Equity Pictures Medienfonds, GmbH. And he was Consulting Producer of “THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY LEFAY” starring Tim Allen, Andie McDowell, Elisha Cuthbert, and Jenna Elfman. He wrote the crime biopic “LICENSE TO STEAL”, based on the book and the true story plus the theatrical motion picture script “EL ZOMBO”, based on the cult graphic novel comic series created by author Kevin Monroe for DARK HORSE COMICS.
He was commissioned to write the three part mini-series for Blip Productions of the American Civil War entitled “SHACKLED” which is currently being packaged by its producers. Marquette was also Director and Screenwriter of the highly-regarded theatrical motion picture documentary release, “GENIUS ON HOLD”, which was distributed by Free Style Releasing, produced by Walter Shaw and starring Frank Langella. Marquette wrote 4 television series pilots for production companies including: “SEDONA FALLS”- “ADDICTED TO CRIME” (television series drama) – “BY ONE VOTE” (television political drama) – and “KEMPNER FILE” (television series action/thriller).
His television series drama, “Sedona Falls”, is currently in development for a 2018 commencement and his book “THE BOMB HEARD AROUND THE WORLD” was picked up for distribution for a 2018 release. In Beijing, Marquette wrote the motion picture, “SOUNDS OF A DREAM”, which is in release spring of 2018. He wrote the screenplay, “THE UNKNOWNS”, entering spring pre-production starring Sam Rockwell for theatrical release in fall 2018. Currently he is writing the racial drama, “Separate But Equal” for Emmy-winning Producer, Peter Shakkokour. Marquette is booked as Director and Screenwriter on the action thriller “ALL THINGS BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL” scheduled for production in January of 2018.
Marquette has worked as Director and/or Writer for the following production companies:
Zhang Wei Films, Toho Distribution, Nippon Broadcasting, CBS Television, Disney, Boss Films, Robert Greenhut Productions, Henson Films, Eggers Films, Planet Films, Worldwide Films, Shooters Films, Cine-International Films, Limelight Productions, Lucas Film/ILM, Partners Films, Cielo Films, Emerald Pictures, Millennium Pictures, PMC Films, Five Times Faster Productions, Boss Films, Greenberg Films, Protean Image Group, Barbara DeFina Films, Paw in Print Productions, Polaris Entertainment, Royal Pictures, UFG International Film Distribution, Adagio Films, Alpine Films, Top Cat Productions, Stage Presence Productions and more…
Marquette has worked in television commercials for the following ad agencies worldwide:
BBDO Worldwide, Campbell Mithun, McKim Advertising, Leo Burnett Advertising, Saatchi and Saatchi, Grey Advertising, Ogilvy & Mather, DMB&B, McCann Erickson, Baker-Lovick, DDB Needham, Foster Advertising, Simons Advertising, Young & Rubicam, Lord Dentsu, and Daichi Advertising and more…
Marquette has worked as a Commercial Director for the following clients worldwide:
Ford Motors, Shell Oil, Swiss, Telecom, Toyota, Mobil Oil, Seagram’s, Fallon Health, General Motors, General Foods, Canadian Airlines, Dodge, Pacific Natural Gas, Petrocan, Chrysler, Metropolitan Life, Burger King, Boeing, McDonald’s, Craftsman Tools, AXA/Equitable Life Insurance, Subaru, Safeway, Bell Telephone, Alberta Energy, Pacific Western Airlines and more…
Marquette’s Television & Motion Picture partial list:
THE BOMB HEARD AROUND THE WORLD (MOTION PICTURE (in development)
SEPARATE BUT EQUAL (MOTION PICTURE) (in development)
SOUNDS OF A DREAM (MOTION PICTURE) (spring release/Beijing)
GIRLFRIENDS (MOTION PICTURE) (in packaging)
THE UNKNOWNS (MOTION PICTURE) (in casting/spring production)
ALL THINGS BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL (MOTION PICTURE) (casting/January 2018 production)
BODY & SOUL: THE BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY (MOTION PICTURE)(in development)
ADDICTED TO CRIME (TV PILOT) (in development)
SEDONA FALLS (TV PILOT) (in packaging & casting/Los Angeles/Santa Fe)
KEMPNER FILE (TV PILOT) (in packaging)
BY ONE VOTE (TV PILOT)
SHACKLED (TV MINI-SERIES – 3 X 2 HOURS)(in development)
FRAUD SQUAD (TV SERIES – 8 EPISODES)
KEMPNER FILES (TV PILOT – ALSO AS MOTION PICTURE)
ADDICTED TO CRIME (TV PILOT – ALSO MOTION PICTURE)
OBA: THE LAST SAMURAI (MOTION PICTURE)
ICE PLANET (TV PILOT + 5 EPISODES)
GENIUS ON HOLD (MOTION PICTURE DOCUMENTARY)
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF BOBBY Z (MOTION PICTURE)
MONARCH OF THE MOON (MOTION PICTURE)
LICENSE TO STEAL (MOTION PICTURE)(in development)
EL ZOMBO (MOTION PICTURE)
TENNESSEE (MOTION PICTURE)
INNOCENTS (MOTION PICTURE)
GOOSE ON THE LOOSE (MOTION PICTURE)
NO BETTER PLACE TO DIE (MOTION PICTURE)(in packaging)
KNIGHT AND THE LOATHLY LADY (MOTION PICTURE) (in development)
KATE & THE FIXER (MOTION PICTURE)(in development)
THE MECHANIC (MOTION PICTURE)
THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY LEFAY (MOTION PICTURE)
UNDERCURRENTS (MOTION PICTURE) (in development)
HOUSE OF CHURCHILL (MOTION PICTURE)
CALLING OF BECKETT (MOTION PICTURE)
COLOSSUS (MOTION PICTURE)(in development)
THE CROONER (MOTION PICTURE)
LEGACY OF WAR (DOCUMENTARY: SHORT SUBJECT)
EVENING OF GRACE WITH DAVID FOSTER (TELEVISION SPECIAL)
BETTE DAVIS – HER LIFE & TIMES (TV DOCUMENTARY)
THE VANCOUVER SHOW (TV PRIME TIME NETWORK NEWS)
THE NEWS HOUR (TV PRIME TIME NETWORK NEWS)