Once Upon a time a man named Gerard K. Marino left a stable and lucrative career as a strip club DJ for the bright lights and intoxicating streets of Hollywood in 1999. Six years later the Los Angeles Philharmonic was performing his music at the Hollywood Bowl. Jump ahead to August 7th-11th, 2014 and you’ll see that he’s the official host of the Orlando Nerd Fest!!
Gerard was the principal composer of Sony Playstation’s GOD OF WAR franchise, the scores of which have won many awards including the Interactive Academy Award for Best Score, the Game Audio Network Guild’s “Music of the Year” and “Soundtrack Of The Year” Awards and garnered a BAFTA nomination. His orchestral suite of his GOD OF WAR themes debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and continues to be performed by top-shelf orchestras on 5 continents, including 2 sold out shows at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.
He has also worked on other games such as the games THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN, DC UNIVERSE ONLINE, FANTASTIC 4, THE PUNISHER, and 187: RIDE OR DIE. He’s scored 7 feature films including NINJA II and EL PADRINO with Faye Dunaway, Jennifer Tilly, and Stacy Keach. He has also scored several commercials, including the NBC 2006 Winter Olympics, DTS, State Farm Auto, and even for Dannon Yogurt. His theatrical motion picture trailer list is also nothing to sneeze at, including Sex Tape, Muppets Most Wanted, Davinci’s Demons, Cars 2, Walking With Dinosaurs, Pirates: At World’s End, Superman Returns, The Grudge I and II, Everyone’s Hero, Ice Age II, and Terminator 3. As for TV he’s worked on CW’s SUPERNATURAL and USA’s THREE WISE GUYS… *catches breath*
That’s a pretty established career with a lot of contributions to some really awesome Nerd Culture staples! It also just so happens that he is from Orlando, Florida.
He’s super geeked to be a part of this legendary event, and we’re super geeked to have him hosting it!