Mark Gage Stroman, an entertainment advertising strategist who was early hired at the just-starting Fox Broadcasting Co., died Feb. 22 due to complications from COVID. He was 58.
Stroman, who recently served as CEO of Spin Media Marketing, has had a long career in advertising and marketing. After starting his career at KOFY-TV in San Francisco, where he was born and raised, Stroman was hired as one of the 35 original employees of Fox Broadcasting Co. when Rupert Murdoch boldly launched the nation’s fourth broadcast network in 1986. .
During his 16-year tenure at Fox and News Corp., Stroman worked with major national brands such as Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Polaroid, Levi’s, Sprint and Visa to create promotions for the company. He has also played an important role in launching advertising campaigns for several Fox shows, such as “Family Guy”, “Married … with Children”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Melrose Place” and “X-Files” and headed “Nobody better stick your finger to me!” The Simpsons Company. Stromon was later promoted to senior vice president of national promotion at News Corp; in this role he designed and developed a comprehensive media and marketing group News Corp One.
Stroman later founded the marketing department of the talent agency Endeavor along with his twin brother Eric Stroman. During his stay in Endeavor, Mark Stroman has worked with several major clients of Maserati, CW, Jet Blue, UPN, Hallmark Channel, Activision-Blizzard, 20th Century Fox and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. He and his brother later left Endeavor to set up their own Entertainment Marketing Partners, where he was executive producer of several Fox New Year’s special programs and campaigned for big-budget video game franchises, including Tony Hawk, Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. ». The Stromans sold Omnicom in 2006. Mark Strawman then spent ten years working at McGhee Entertainment, overseeing stocks and companies for rock band KISS.
“I first met Mark during our Kiss Halloween concert, which aired live on FOX in 1998,” said McGhee Entertainment CEO Doc McGee. “It was easy to recognize his marketing genius. He has always been the funniest and smartest person in the room, with a unique ability to unite everyone. Mark was a rock marketing star. He was a great friend to me and my family. It will be lacking more than can be expressed in words. “
Stroman has won numerous awards, including the Reggie Awards from the Association of National Advertisers. He has also twice served as chairman of the board of directors of Promax, the world’s largest trade association for promotion and marketing. He has also been active in charitable activities, including serving on the board of the TJ Martell Foundation.
Stroman is survived by his brother Eric, his sister Gwen and two nephews.