This week, Ira spoke with Andy Marx.
Andy Marx is an award-winning writer and photographer, who currently has four films in development at various studios. He recently recorded and released a CD featuring his grandfather’s songs, “It Had To Be Gus” and features Andy and his jazz trio and big band playing the standards that Gus Kahn wrote. The CD is available on iTunes.
Prior to his screenwriting career, Marx was a well-known journalist and columnist who covered the entertainment industry for a number of high-profile publications, including Daily Variety, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Us and Premiere, eventually expanding his focus to the convergence of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
Considered to be one of the industry’s most authoritative New Media experts, Marx served as the West Coast bureau chief of Interactive Week and pioneered the use of podcasts as a media tool, becoming the first to produce advertising-supported podcasts.
In addition to his work as a screenwriter and journalist, Marx has written, produced and appeared in numerous entertainment-related segments for American Movie Classics and Showtime. In 2000, he received a Telly Award for his script for “Galaxy Quest: the 20th Anniversary Special,” which appeared on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel.
Most recently, Marx completed his first novel, “Royalties,” a roman a clef based on Marx’s family heritage: His paternal grandfather was the legendary entertainer, Groucho Marx, and his maternal grandfather was, as mentioned above, the renowned songwriter, Gus Kahn.
With his family lineage and voluminous knowledge of Hollywood, Marx is an in-demand speaker throughout the world.
Marx resides in Beverly Hills with his wife and three children.