Mark Johnson
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Gran Via Productions



Good storytelling is good storytelling, no matter the medium, according to Mark Johnson, president and CEO of Gran Via Productions. After producing both feature films and television, his success with “Breaking Bad” convinced him that basic cable shows can tell in-depth stories in ways feature films can’t.

Johnson’s relationship with AMC extends beyond “Breaking Bad” to “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “Rectify,” the first original scripted series for AMC’s sister channel, Sundance. Johnson’s company has also brought its reputation to the digital world.

Despite his success in television, Johnson has not forsaken films. He simply weighs which medium will best serve the project.

In November 2011, he told Variety, “I talk to my contemporaries who often complain about the business now is not anything like it used to be. I don’t think it’s any tougher than it used to be. I find that it’s a great challenge to get things made, but that’s the time when you sit with a filmmaker and say, ‘Should we do it as a movie? Should we do it as a TV movie? Should it be a series?’ There’s not a serious filmmaker out there who is not completely open to TV for the right opportunity.”

Johnson, who’s a graduate of the University of Virginia, earned an Academy Award for producing “Rain Man” in 1988.




  • University of Virginia (VA, USA)

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