Jerry Meadors is a successful marketing executive, producer, and manager based in Hollywood, California. Meadors began his professional career in the entertainment industry as an actor, where he worked for six-time Tony Award winner Joe Layton. Previously, Meadors served as a business manager for the Hatcher Center, a Virginia workshop that trained developmentally disabled adults. There, Jerry developed a national market for a range of hand made folk products made by the center’s clients. The clients received national acclaim when they were invited first by President Jimmy Carter, and later, by Tony Orlando, to create works for them. They also received international attention and fundraising success when they produced a quilt out of Queen Elizabeth’s dress scraps.
After Meadors moved to Hollywood, he immediately became the Assistant Film Programmer for the Los Angeles International Film Exposition, the largest film festival in the world at the time. At the end of the two week festival, Meadors was promoted to Festivals Director by the Programming Director of the festival. Meadors then went to work at the newly formed company PolyGram Pictures. He moved from an original position at Publicity and Promotion into Advertising, then into International Marketing, and finally into Production. After PolyGram Pictures, Meadors continued his marketing and advertising career at Seiniger Advertising, a leading creative advertising agency in the business. Four months later, he joined Paramount Pictures.
At Paramount Pictures, Meadors first served as Manager of Marketing, where his team was tasked with rebuilding Paramount’s marketing department on the West Coast. A year later, he was promoted to Director of Marketing, and in 1988, he was again promoted, this time to Vice President of Marketing for the Motion Picture Division, where he served in that capacity until 1996. Meador’s meteoric rise in the company was accompanied by a historic string of successes over a ten year period, highlighted by Top Gun, Fatal Attraction, Three Kings, Cool World, Addams Family, and Forest Gump. During his tenure at Paramount Pictures, he worked closely with a host of talented executives, producers, and actors, including Ned Tanen, Nancy Goliger, Dawn Steel, Sherry Lansing, Scott Rudin, Jerry Bruckheimer, Eddie Murphy, and Tom Cruise, among others. After he departed Paramount, he returned briefly as a consultant on the release of Mission Impossible.
In 1998, Meadors became the Senior Creative Account Supervisor at BLT Associates/Hollywood, where he developed award-winning marketing campaigns for Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema, Gramercy Pictures, and others. There he worked on such titles as Titanic, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Angela’s Ashes, Sleepy Hollow, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,Blade, Pleasantville, and Being John Malkovich.
Thereafter, he was President of Dazu Advertising, where he supervised a creative staff, closing out motion picture and home entertainment commitments with all major film studios during the transition of the company in closing. He was also Executive Vice President of Bingo Advertising, a successful home video creative marketing boutique, where he took over the helm and landed the company’s first motion picture theatrical accounts.
In 2003, Meadors relocated to Virginia, where he served as president of the North Theatre Group, Inc. As part of his duties, he supervised the renovation of an abandoned theatre and associated properties into a full-service arts complex. In addition, Meadors directed True West, directed and wrote As Time Goes By, and produced and directed The Importance of Being Earnest, among others.
In addition to the above productions, Meadors has been a producer, director, and writer on many theatre productions and independent films throughout his career. He wrote the original stage comedy Amorous Affairs, directed the original play Ballad of Lizard Gulch, produced Walk of Fame Café, an original play by Peter Wren, and mounted Wren’s Billy Bob and the Gospel. In addition, Meadors was producer and writer of the independent film Eden’s Curve and was executive producer of the 1996 film Don’s Plum. Meadors also served as co-producer of the documentary Rhythm and Smoke and was the producer of Luz De La Mission, the winner of the 1998 Best Drama Award at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.
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