He may be based abroad, but Filipino-American producer Marc Anthony Nicolas continues to make his kakabayan proud with his achievements.
He, an Emmy-awarded producer of “The Talk” on CBS, will be inducted into The Asian Hall of Fame today at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
Marc will be honored at the event together with John Robert (J.R.) Luly Yang (Taiwanese-American internationally-recognized fashion designer who incorporates architecture and graphics in her work), Jonathan Chu (Chinese-American filmmaker who directed several films including the box-office hit ‘Crazy Rich Asians’), and Celski (Filipino-American short track speed skater and three-time Olympic medalist).
The Asian Hall of Fame is a project of the Robert Chinn Foundation and was established in 2004. It is a national recognition event for Asian Pacific American Heritage that honors achievement across industry and ethnicity with a national reach. It also inspires the next generation and builds a national community of Asian Pacific Americans.
In a previous article on Hollywood Bulletin, columnist Janet Nepales wrote, “Born in Manila to Teresita Rodrigo Nicolas from Pasig and Marianito Nicolas from Sampaloc, Marc is the only Filipino in the show’s producing team. He started his life in the US as a waiter at Olive Garden and BJ’s Restaurant. But there was something that kept him going even while life was hard and difficult as an immigrant — and that was his passion for working in Hollywood’s entertainment industry, specifically in television.”
Marc started in the industry by working at MTV. From there, he worked as a producer on “The Tyra Banks Show. ”
He works with five Emmy-nominated TV talk show hosts – Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Sheryl Underwood and Eve. He won his first Emmy in 2016 as a producer of The Talk for “Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment.” He was also named “TV Producer of the Year” by the Filipino American Press Club of California and also “The Outstanding Pilipino” award for television by Maxx Promos.
When the columnist asked how it feels to be an award-winning TV producer, Marc said “I feel proud of myself. Everything is possible with hard work and determination.”