See what people are saying about Marvin V. Acuna and the Business of Show Institute:
Writers who have worked with Marvin V. Acuna say...
Wayne Mahon, Writer/Director of "Leaving Vogue Moran""A year ago, I was a waiter who had directed a short film. Marvin V. Acuna watched it and recognized the potential in both the project and me as the director. He signed me as a client and within a few short months raised the funding to shoot my first feature film. Thanks to Marvin's belief in me as my manager, and keen insights as a producer, I just marked my feature directorial debut."
Sean McGinly, Writer/Director of "The Great Buck Howard""Marvin V. Acuna helped me form a career as a writer and director. In a town where there's a lot more talk than action Marvin is the exception. He's resilient, even relentless. For me, he's part manager, part producing partner and at times even a guru/therapist. He gets things done."
Timothy Bogart, Writer/Director of "The Year of Wonders""As a writer or director, there is no greater asset than having someone on your side who not only believes in you, but believes 'with you,' that together, there is no such thing as an unachievable goal. And in a business that is littered with the wreckage of so many countless efforts to achieve those unachievable goals, having someone who is simply relentless in their pursuit of insuring your goals are reached, and don't end up as just another "broken dream" is the rarest commodity of all.
Marvin Acuna is that commodity. A manager, a partner, a producer, and always, a friend. His passion is both inspiring and effective. Having been his client for many years, rolling up my sleeves each day, and trying to navigate the next course forward, I could have no better companion at my side to both chart that course, and actually achieve the journey we set out for ourselves. He is truly, one in a million."
Dennis Klein, Co-Creator "The Larry Sanders Show""I've worked with a lot of writing, producing and directing partners over the last forty years, but I think Marvin V. Acuna is the best collaborator of all of them. Both as a manager and producer he never takes his eye off the ball--he's always focused on the subject at hand. He listens carefully, thinks clearly, communicates lucidly and never ever personalizes. Also, he's devoted to optimism, which means he and I never have to waste our time with hand-wringing and fear-mongering. Working with Marvin I always feel as if I and my project are moving forward."
Industry professionals who have worked with Marvin V. Acuna say...
Ken Stovitz, Overbrook Entertainment - partners with Will Smith"I have worked with many managers and producers in my career but none more pleasant than my experience with Marvin Acuna. Open minded, hard working and honest, Marvin is unlike most in the film business, in that, he is not afraid to rip apart the story and see if each element works. This takes a great deal of bravery."
Brian Kend, Literary Agent/CAA"Marvin Acuna is a legend in the making. He is one of the most positive, most wonderfully passionate and fierce minds working in our business. A great gentleman and businessman."
Jill Cutler, former CAA Agent, current President of Winkler Films"Marvin was my true 'partner in crime,' when we co-represented a talented up and coming writer-director. He is diligent, resourceful, creative, and one of the most gracious individuals I have had the pleasure of working with in this business. Plus every time I read the sign off on his email ('May your life be extraordinary'), it puts a smile on my face!"
Lynnette Ramirez, Sr. Vice President of George Lopez Presents"Marvin V. Acuna's discerning taste in material is complemented beautifully by his strategic skills set as both a manager and producer."
Sarah Lemkin, Literary Agent/Endeavor"Marvin is the perfect blend of passion and tact. He has the calm and focus to discover the target and the tenacity and dedication to get the job down."
Heidi Jo Markel, Eclectic Pictures"In every great producer is a determined, tenacious, organized, resourceful, hard-working, brilliant, "takes-the-initiative", open minded business person. Marvin Acuna is beyond all this. He is super 'extraordinary'!!"
Gina Rugolo, Rugolo Entertainment"Marvin is a wonderful manager and producer. He understands how to develop and support a client and his taste in material has what has set him apart in the industry."
Video clips of industry executives and successful screenwriters
Hello, and thank you for all that you do! I'm still in awe of this and can't believe it's happening. You've inspired all of us. I say that because someone like you, accomplished and immensely successful, doesn't have to invest the time and energy in developing these kinds of opportunities.
Mr. Acuna is awesome. What a great speaker and educator. I was blessed to have his video presentation, "The 7 Habits of Hollywood's Most.." come across my desk through the NALIP organization. As an aspiring latino screenwriter his advice and shared information was greatly appreciated. What an inspiration that guy is!! I wish I could shake his hand and thank him personally.
...what is truly exceptional about everything you share is your passion...and enthusiasm to help everyone who desires to succeed and improve their careers...as well as improve and succeed in their careers.
You are the answer to my prayers. I have learned so much from you thus far and I am working vehemently to get my work out there. I can't wait for your next tips and/or videos.
Great tip as usual Marvin. I felt that you over delivered on the screenwriters access program & I will be joining you in March.