DEMOREST, GEORGIA – Before Adam Martin came to Piedmont College, he was an award-winning writer-producer with a Peabody and an Emmy to his name for the TNT original movie “Door to Door.”
“I felt like Tom Hanks from the movie ‘Big,’” he said about winning the Emmy. “I didn’t know what was going on when my team won.”
Growing up in North Georgia, Martin attended Oxford College of Emory University, later becoming a full-time student at Emory University. Double majoring in English and History, Martin planned on becoming a lawyer, passing the Law School Admission Test and earning a spot in Georgia State College of Law in 1995. Upon finding out he had more credits than he needed, Martin decided to take an internship at Buena Vista Television (Disney–ABC Domestic Television) in the Affiliate Relations Department. After spending a year in California, Martin moved back to Atlanta to take care of his ailing father. Martin had new aspirations of working in television, earning a job in closed captioning at Turner Broadcasting. A year later he was promoted to an assistant producer working on branding, shooting, and production.
“Being in the entertainment industry was thrilling, he said.” “I was able to express my creativity, I never considered it a job.”
Following his win of an Emmy for a TNT original film, Martin was promoted to senior writer-producer working on a $50 million miniseries “Into The West” and producing six red carpet shows for the Screen Actors Guild Awards from 2005 to 2010. Martin had the opportunity to interview some of the world’s most influential people in film: Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Spielberg, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, and many others.
“I grew up watching these people, he said.” They were engaging and surprisingly human.”
In 2010, Martin left Turner Broadcasting after receiving a job at A&E Network in New York City. He spent four years in Branded Entertainment at A&E. In 2014, he moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Discovery Channel, not knowing a year later Discovery would make an agreement to buy Eurosport, causing them to cut down on staffing. Martin took time away from film and moved to Saint Simons Island in 2016. He was a manager at Sea Island Resort, working with VIP guests and high-powered politicians. In 2018, Martin moved back home to North Georgia with the intentions to take classes at Piedmont College. Instead, Martin landed a job as Project Manager in Institutional Advancement.
“I like it better in Demorest because the lights turn off at 5 p.m., he said” Piedmont is home to me.”