After studies at the Museum School in Boston and a degree in film from NYU's Tisch School, Marion started her film career on PBS specials and NOVA episodes in New York. Her stint on the Frontline show “Who Killed Adam Mann,” a Columbia-Dupont award-winning film on fatal child abuse, convinced her it was time to leave the city. Several moves later (including summers at the International Film and Television Workshops) Marion settled in Vermont to stay.
Marion Abrams was able to satisfy her passion for the outdoors specializing in shooting and editing action sports like skiing, snowboarding, running and mountain biking for network broadcast and commercials airing on PBS, NBC, CBS, ESPN, History Channel, Oxygen and Spike TV. She created Madmotion, LLC. to provided video services for a wide variety of broadcast and non-broadcast clients including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the PBS series Birdwatch, The Vermont Department of Tourism, Vermont Ski Areas Association, The Vermont Lottery, Killingon and Okemo Resorts, Farm & Wilderness Foundation and The American Lighting Association while continuing her broadcast sports work.
In 2011, after experiencing first hand the effects of Hurricane Irene, Marion created the hour-long documentary "Flood Bound," an intimate portrayal of small-town life in Vermont and the powerful reaction to the devastation caused by that hurricane. The film aired on PBS.
In 2015 Marion developed and launched the "Spartan Up" podcast and YouTube series with the Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. Her team of podcast hosts has interviewed over 400 guests including Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, authors Steven Pressfield, James Nestor, Sebastian Junger, Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferris, adventurer Sir Ran Fiennes as well as professors, fighters, CEOs. The show now boasts over 30 million downloads and views and is consistently in the top 5% of all podcasts.
🎙️ I consult and coach on effective podcasting strategy, interviewing tactics, vision, audience growth, & show design & 💬 I help brands, influencers and organizations discover their most compelling stories and choose the right channels to make impact and reach your marketing and messaging goals.
Some recent projects:
🎙️ Partnered with Joe De Sena, the CEO and founder of Spartan, to create the "Spartan Up" podcast which now boasts over 30 million views and downloads establishing him as a thought leader in the endurance and resilience space.
💬 Coached the Lisman for Governor campaign in the use of paid and organic social, we extended his campaign reach, deepened connections, and learned what issues were most important to his constituents.
🎬 Helped the Farm & Wilderness Foundation explore the topic of racial and gender diversity interviewing with over 35 campers, staff and alumnae and creating a video they can use to facilitate difficult conversations about race and gender.
📽️ Directed the documentary film “Flood Bound,” an intimate portrayal of small-town life in Vermont and the powerful reaction to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. The film tells the emotional story through 38 interviews with everyday Vermonters.
📣 Amplified Spartan's message of fitness and resilience with an innovative Podcaster Influencer event #SpartanMediaFest which gathered 150 podcasters, athletes and influencers together to meet and generate over 300 podcast episodes.
🖊️ Overhauled the digital marketing strategy for the exclusive Vermont Wedding venue Riverside Farm, creating a system that upholds the brand image while tracking and generating consistent and qualified leads.
🎙️ INTERVIEWING: After directing, coaching and conducting over 1,000 interviews I share what works with podcasters, filmmakers, advertisers and marketers. I consult and speak on the art and craft of interviewing. Improve your interviewing tactics and make better decisions about your content and podcasting strategy and production.
Video from the archives:
Marion Abrams's profile on Picabo Street's show "Women of Winter."