Marc Henry Johnson (born 3 February 1969) is an American writer, director, and producer for dramatic television programs, feature films, and documentaries. He is best known for his role as a producer and writer of the HBO dramatic series, The Deuce.
He achieved recognition by producing Michael Moore’s Emmy-nominated documentary series The Awful Truth, which was broadcast in 1999-2000, and the Peabody Award-winning A Huey P. Newton Story, a docu-drama profiling the man behind The Black Panthers. Marc has also worked with Spike Lee, Mario Van Peebles, Danny Glover, David Simon, and George Pelecanos. MHJ has won awards ranging from a Peabody to the Dramatic Jury Prize at Sundance.
Marc Henry Johnson is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and Directors’ Guild of America.
Johnson was born in Washington D.C, and grew up in Baltimore, MD USA. His father was Sinclair Johnson, and his mother was Grace Parks Johnson. Johnson is African American. His grandfather Henry G. Parks was the first African American to have his company on the NYSE. Johnson graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and was an honor student and noted athlete in both football and lacrosse. He was recruited for several Division one universities. Marc attended and graduated Cornell University.
After art directing and producing a number of music videos, including the TV documentary mini-series Pirate Tales, hosted by Roger Daltry.
Also worked with PBS, Sundance Channel, The Discovery Channel, Logo, German VOX-TV, South African Broadcast Corporation, and Trinidad and Tobago Television.
Produced Bravo’s The Awful Truth with Michael Moore. The Emmy Award-nominated TV documentary was 12 episodes. That same year, he co-produced PBS’s A Love Letter to New York, which featured Joy Behar, Heavy-D, Tommy Tune, Tricky, and Gordon Parks.
2001. Produced the TV documentary movie A Huey P. Newton Story, directed by Spike Lee. Johnson arranged for financing, production, and distribution for the Peabody Award-winning narrative, which was created by Roger Guenveur Smith broadcast on Starz and PBS.
2004. Director / Executive Producer of the PBS series Colorvision, a showcase of Asian-American, African-American, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Native American short films. Daisy Fuentes was the series host. Lisa Ling, Marc Anthony Thompson (a.k.a. Chocolate Genius), Dan Ho, and Kate Rigg were field correspondents:
2004. Producer The First Amendment Project: Poetic License, directed by Mario Van Peebles and featuring Amiri Baraka, for the Sundance Channel.
2004. Rodney Evan’s Brother to Brother, a dramatic feature for PBS’s Independent Lens series. Starring Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, and Aunjanue Ellis, the film won the Dramatic Special Jury Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards and three Gotham Awards.
2009. Executive producer for the concert film/documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution, with music by The Roots, Jos Stone, Wyclef Jean, Richie Havens, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mary Mary, and John Legend. This film was an Audience Favorite at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, an Official Selection for the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival, and was short-listed for an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary. It aired as part of PBS’s American Experience series in May 2011.
2009-2012 Research and development of the stories of Times Square legend Steve Dagrosa. Those stories are the basis of The Deuce starring James Franco as Vence (the Steve Dagrosa inspired character) as well as Frankie (a character inspired by Dagrosa’s twin, Johnny). Nineteen of the characters were deriv.d from Dagrosa’s stories and Johnson’s research.
2012. Produced NightDriver, a comedy-drama short about a would-be rapper who drivers escorts to their appointments.
2015-2019. Producer and writer of the HBO dramatic series, The Deuce, with David Simon and George Pelecanos as executive producers and James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal as stars.
2019. Participated in the short Hung Up, about a rodeo rider who, despite injuries, returns to bucking bulls to pay off her hot-headed cowboy husband’s gambling debts. Melissa Jackson, Kevin Kane, and Catherine Curtain star.
University of Georgia, College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Given for excellence in television production and programming.
The Awful Truth, Huey, Brother to Brother, Soundtrack for a Revolution, and The Deuce have been nominated or won multiple awards. Shall we list them?
One Dollar Disarmament Medal of Peace
Soviet Peace Committee
As a photographer and peace activist, Johnson bicycled over 2000 miles, from London to Moscow, to deliver letters from Senators D’Amato (NY), Moynihan (NY), Sarbanes (MD), and Mikulski (MD) in support of Mikhail Gorbachev’s policies of Glasnost and Perestroika.
Johnson is married to Marlisa Vinciguerra. Johnson sits on the board of the Jazz Foundation of America and an alumnus of Cornell University.