A native of New York and Connecticut (a feat in itself), at 11, Adam was a PA on his first studio movie. At 13 he was apprentice editing for Columbia Pictures. At 15, he created the Westport TheatreWorks Theatrical Company, directing and producing over 50 shows in 7 years. At NYU he won Best Picture in for his film, ”...so you like this girl".
At 21, Adam set up his first feature film at Disney and less than a year later he had been hired to write and direct New Line Cinema’s "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday". At 23 he was the youngest director ever hired by a major studio to write and direct a feature film. He then turned his attention to writing and he and writing partner Debra Sullivan, wrote scripts for Paramount (the adaptation
of James Patterson’s “Virgin”), Fox (the original “Black Autumn”), and Lionsgate (the box office #1 hit “Texas Chainsaw 3D”).
In 1995 Adam created the Skeleton Crew TheatreWorks where to this day he trains some of the most talented actors in the industry. This troupe has been the backbone of Adam’s theatrical and cinematic casts.
In 1998 Adam directed the indie comedy, "Let It Snow" starring Bernadette Peters. The film was a critical and festival darling at AFI’s LAIFF (where it won several awards), Sundance, New York/Avignon, the Deauville Film Festival in France among many others. At the same time Adam sold several TV series to Kevin Bright Productions, Imagine Television, NBC, Fox and The WB. Adam then directed the Sony Pictures feature film, “Conspiracy”, which he co-wrote with Sullivan. Starring Val Kilmer, Jennifer Esposito and Gary Cole. Then Marcus/Sullivan penned and produced the film “Momentum”, which starred Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman.
He and Sullivan then partnered with long time producer Bryan Sexton to form Skeleton Crew Productions where they hit the ground running with the Festival darling, “Secret Santa”. After selling out at Sitges and both FrightFest Glasgow and FrightFest London, the film was picked up by the FrightFest/Signature label as their flagship title! The film has gone on to become a Cult Hit with genre fans worldwide!
As a writer/director Adam has a new film slated to shoot in early 2021 under the Skeleton Crew banner, the action-thriller, “Dread”. And coming in 2022, the television series “Mosaic”.
Debra is an actress/writer/producer. As an actress, over the years, she has appeared in countless plays, films, television shows and commercials.
This 2nd generation Los Angelino has played lead roles in comedies, dramas and musicals. Some of her favorite theatrical roles have been, Desdemona in “Othello”, Cookie in “Rumors”, The Woman in “Closet Land “, and on the musical side, Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” and Nancy in “Oliver”.
In television, she has had lead and/or recurring roles on “Criminal Minds”, “Private Practice”, “Big Love”, “ER”, “Days of Our Lives” and “Cold Case”, as well as many others.
Some of her favorite films roles include, “Conspiracy” with Val Kilmer, “Let It Snow” (a Sundance Winner) with Bernadette Peters, “Bring It On, All or Nothing” with Hayden Panetierre, and “Brewster’s Millions” with the late Richard Pryor and John Candy, and Secret Santa. Recently, she starred opposite Steve Guttenberg in the film, “Lookin’ Up”.
When not acting, she and her husband/partner, Adam Marcus have written over 50 screenplays, including:
DREAD: Currently in pre-production, writing by Marcus and Sullivan with Bryan Sexton and Anton Ernst producing.
MOSAIC: A heart stopping limited Television Series penned by Marcus and Sullivan and co-produced with Bryan Sexton, currently out to studios.
CORTES: The Television Series currently in development. Adam and Debra are writing and jointly, producing with Bryan Sexton.
MOMENTUM: A heart-stopping thriller starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purfoy and Morgan Freeman. Written by Adam and Debra, released in early 2016.
THE PLANTATION (AKA) I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE: A remake of the RKO / Val Lewton classic, written by Adam and Debra for Evolution Pictures and RKO pictures, with Vanessa Coifman & Andy Fickman producing and Adam directing in early 2017.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D: The latest in the quintessential Texas Chainsaw horror franchise. Written for Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures by the duo. No. 1 movie on its opening weekend.
CONSPIRACY: Starring Val Kilmer, Jennifer Esposito and Gary Cole. Adam and Debra wrote this feature for Sony Pictures and Adam directed.
BLACK AUTUMN: A Rosemary’s Baby type thriller written by the pair for Mike Medavoy and Fox 2000. Adam is also Executive Producing.
SECRET SANTA: An Award winning Horromedy featuring Sullivan in the role of Shari Pope, written by the duo, who also produced with partner Bryan Sexton.
“Secret Santa” the first feature out of the gate for the trio’s newly formed production company, Skeleton Crew Productions.
Creating Skeleton Crew with Marcus and Sexton has been one of the most rewarding aspects of her career in the business. The company is committed to making entertainment, at all budget levels while giving opportunities to those who haven’t had their “breaks” yet or to work in the field of the business they’ve always wanted to. They currently have several films and television shows in the pipeline, the majority of which have strong female protagonists, something Marcus and Sullivan have always specialized in.
You can follow Debra on Twitter and Instagram @debsullivanm, and on Facebook as Debra Sullivan.