Writer, producer, and marketing/PR specialist, Mr. Marinozzi has spent a lifetime perfecting his craft with a wide variety of sports and entertainment projects.
Mr. Marinozzi’s produced his first film, “SUMMER FUN” (1996) which was
directed by critically acclaimed, cult “B” movie icon, Ray Dennis Steckler.
Interested in exploring television opportunities and expanding his knowledge
base, he accepted a position as a script consultant by Emmy Award winning
Producer, Carol Scott of the long running television soap opera, General Hospital (1997).
Interacting with all facets of daytime television production proved a fruitful
learning experience, but in the final analysis Mr. Marinozzi missed the film making process.
Mr. Marinozzi next funded, co-wrote, and co-produced the film, “BLUE LIGHT
SPECIAL” which won the 1998 Las Vegas Film Festival for “Best short.”
This award propelled Mr. Marinozzi to the doorstep of major Hollywood decision makers. Consequently, one of his scripts “Entrapped,” attracted investors, as well as actors Maurice Bernard (General Hospital) and Tony Denison (Crime Story). Although garnering much hype, the financing fell through. Disappointed, but undeterred, Mr. Marinozzi moved backed to Northern Ohio to regroup and raise a family.
While enduring the early years of fatherhood, (two kids within 13 months) Mr.
Marinozzi continued to develop his scripts and earned producing credits on
several productions including: the documentary “Story of Stone” (A&E) in 2000,
and the 2003 feature film “Miracle Dogs,” a “G” movie that was very successful in
During this time, he joined Jonathan Bogner (award winning producer) on a
variety of film and television pitches and projects.
In 2002-2007 he teamed with decorated author, Robin Moore (“The French
Connection” and “The Green Berets”) on a number of projects. This
included collaborating with Raymond Flynn (the former Ambassador to the
Vatican & former Mayor of Boston) in adapting their novel “The Accidental
Pope” into a screenplay.
As a creative artist, Mr. Marinozzi’s first concern has always been originality. It
was this yearning along with his heartfelt passion for assisting those who
have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds that has guided his career
path over the last 20 years.
Maurice Benard (left) and Tony Marinozzi (right)
In 2002, a cold call to one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Cael Sanderson led to a business relationship (manager) and friendship. Having served internships at both IMG and Ed Keating Mgmt (80’s), Mr. Marinozzi was no stranger to working with professional athletes and branding. He immediately launched an aggressive promotional and marketing campaign that resulted in Sanderson’s ESPY award (02’), a Wheatie’s box endorsement, and numerous
personal appearances and speaking engagements.
In the fall of 2003, Mr. Marinozzi discovered an amazing young man from Georgia, Kyle Maynard. Born with congenial amputation (no arms or legs), Kyle refused to let his condition hold him back. Serving as Kyle’s manager, Mr. Marinozzi dedicated himself to telling his inspirational story to the world
and developed the entire marketing/advertising strategy.
In addition to creating a media flurry for over a two-year period (USA
Today, Reader’s Digest, Vanity Fair & Men’s Journal), Mr. Marinozzi also
negotiated and served as ghostwriter on Kyle’s lucrative best-selling book deal
(Regnery) “No Excuses.” While promoting the book, Mr. Marinozzi arranged and
accompanied Kyle on Oprah, Larry King, 20/20 and Good Morning America.
Due to Kyle’s global popularity and success (ESPY 04’ and countless other awards), Mr. Marinozzi became a voice for physically challenged athletes, using this recognition to create a niche for these special people who may not otherwise be heard.
One of those special people was Bobby Martin, a football player without legs. For the next 5 years, Mr. Marinozzi promoted Bobby into the national spotlight. This exposure has led to ESPY (06’) and Arete awards (only a handful of athletes have won both), numerous sponsorships, and a prestigious appointment as ambassador for the Pop Warner (football) Challenger program.
Under Mr. Marinozzi’s tutelage, Bobby developed into a polished inspirational speaker and proved that you don’t need feet to leave a footprint in life. In addition to handling all forms of representation for Bobby, Mr. Marinozzi also served as ghostwriter for his book “Make it Count.”
In an unprecedented achievement, Mr. Marinozzi was also responsible for gaining the nominations, and the successful PR and Marketing campaigns for both 08’ ESPY winners, Ryan Kocer (“Best Male Athlete with a Disability”) and Shay Oberg (“Best Female athlete with a Disability”).
In 2010…Mr. Marinozzi secured the ESPY nomination for Linnea Dohring, a gymnast with one hand. Though she didn’t win the coveted award, Mr. Marinozzi put Linnea on the path of promising career as an inspirational speaker. Linnea was also the catalyst behind the petition to add gymnastics to the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
John G. Branca
In 2011-13…Mr. Marinozzi shot the documentary “Just kicking it!” which chronicles the inspirational journey of high school football player Anthony Bagliano.
Despite being born without arms and enduring multiple heart operations (Holt- Oram syndrome), Anthony showed incredible determination, dedication and courage by becoming the starting kicker and emotional leader on the Eastlake North (OH) football team. Mr. Marinozzi also was the creator of “Kicking for a Cure” which Anthony used as a vehicle to raise money and awareness for those (including his father) fighting cancer.
Mr. Marinozzi went on to develop a national marketing and PR campaign for Anthony that resulted in a “Rudy Award” nomination and ESPN selection as one of the top 16 high school athletes (contributions on and off the field) in the country.
In 2013 Mr. Marinozzi and his daughter, Giuliana created the “Make a Swish” Foundation to provide basketballs, uniforms, meals, and fees to those in need.
In 2013 Mr. Marinozzi initiated a national PR campaign (Mentor, OH) for one-handed basketball sensation, Zach Hodskins which resulted in global exposure and a scholarship from Coach Billy Donovan at Florida University.
In 2014 Mr. Marinozzi served as executive producer on the alternative band, The Modern Electric’s CD entitled “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.”
In 2014-15 Mr. Marinozzi created “Remedy Jane” (remedyjane.com) with Dr. Jane Li-Conrad (D.O. & Homeopathic physician) handling logo and website development…as well as all other areas of PR & Marketing.
In 2015-16 Mr. Marinozzi was enlisted (manager) by 2x Olympian (12’ & 16’) and world champion wrestler, Elena Pirozhkova to represent her globally in all areas of business, PR, and marketing. Mr. Marinozzi also created “Wrestling for a Reason” as a vehicle for Elena to assist wrestling programs in need (shoes, headgear, singlet etc.).
2016-current Mr. Marinozzi represents Joey “Black Ice” Davis, the first NCAA (D-II) wrestler to win 4 titles with an undefeated record (133-0). With an aggressive PR campaign, Mr. Marinozzi successfully negotiated several sponsorship deals (including Nike) while securing numerous nominations/awards and public acknowledgments for Joey. Mr. Marinozzi led the creative and collaborative effort in publishing Joey's book (future documentary) entitled “From Compton to Cleveland.”
Joey currently fights for Bellator (MMA Promotion) and owns a perfect 8-0 record.
2018- Mr. Marinozzi scripted music videos for “The Styles Haury Band”...and provided the idea/concept for the song "Junk Drawer Memories."
2018-current- Mr. Marinozzi represents Zion Clark and served as the catalyst in his meteoric ascension over the past 4 years.
This included creating the theme, PR, and marketing strategy for "The Road to Tokyo" campaign which detailed Zion’s historic mission to qualify both for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021. This exposure led to Mr. Marinozzi securing and collaborating on Zion's lucrative three book publishing deal with Candlewick Press.
Utilizing Zion’s unique situation, athletic ability, and charismatic personality, Mr. Marinozzi was instrumental in securing worldwide multimedia exposure and interviews (all forms) that included Globo TV (Brazil), Pro7Television (Germany, Switzerland, Austria), and The Ellen Show.
Mr. Marinozzi was responsible for creating, pitching, and staging a Guinness Word Record event that resulted in Zion’s becoming the World’s “Fastest human…on two hands” (20 meters).
In addition to his athletic prowess, Zion is a now recognized as an accomplished social media influencer (1 million plus instagram followers…and social media views in the hundreds of millions), best-selling author, and motivational speaker.
Mr. Marinozzi and Zion still have a variety of exciting projects in the works, including the sequel to his original Netflix documentary “ZION.”
2020-current - Mr. Marinozzi represents award winning actress Olivia Hussey in all areas of management. Mr. Marinozzi is currently producing a documentary and biograpy on Olivia’s life and a Coffee Table book which shares her and Leonard Whiting’s journey in making the 1968 film “Romeo and Juliet.” A 2023 “Eternal Love” international tour for Olivia and Leonard is also planned.
2021-current – Mr. Marinozzi represents Lily Brasch, an inspirational young woman who has a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, in all areas of management. Mr. Marinozzi wrote and produced the documentary “Die Strong” which follows Lily’s inspirational journey to compete in a women’s physique event. Mr. Marinozzi also wrote and produced Lily’s second documentary “My Everest” which chronicles Lily’s courageous climb of Camelback Mountain (AZ).
2022-current - Mr. Marinozzi represents award winning actor Leonard Whiting in all areas of management. Mr. Marinozzi is currently producing a documentary and a Coffee Table book which shares his journey with Olivia Hussey in making the 1968 film “Romeo and Juliet.” A 2023 “Eternal Love” international tour for Olivia and Leonard is also planned.
2022-current - Mr. Marinozzi represents Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer from the University of Kentucky, in all areas of management. Mr. Marinozzi is responsible for creating Riley’s “Swimming against the Current” campaign (book and documentary) and developing the Title XX initiative.
Lily Brasch documentary (post production…May release)
Lily Brasch documentary (post production…September release)
Documentary of Harlen “Lamb” Lambert (the first black police officer in Orange County (CA)…currently in production.
currently in production
Olivia Hussey & Leonard Whiting
chronicling their experience
Documentary of Ray Flynn…Former Ambassador to The Pope and Boston Mayor.