Since 1967 Ron Merk has been an independent film and television producer, director, writer, song lyricist and distributor. In addition to making his own films, Ron has imported foreign films including Antonioni’s, created merchandising under license from Warner Bros Studio and multimedia for the Broadway show OH! CALCUTTA! His award-winning animated feature, MARCO POLO – RETURN TO XANADU is now in worldwide distribution by Lionsgate Films.
Ron’s film collections at UCLA, The Museum of Modern Art, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and The Library of Congress and his activity in film preservation are well known. He is the author of many articles about the film industry, and has served as juror at numerous U.S. and international film festivals.
In collaboration with Lionsgate Films, Ron is developing a Broadway stage musical adaptation of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first film, HERCULES IN NEW YORK, for which Ron is writing the script and song lyrics. Premiere Pictures International, Inc. is currently developing a number of feature film and televisions projects created by Ron, including both animated and live-action films, as well as reality and dramatic television programs.