Paulist Productions was founded over 50 years ago to create thought provoking entertainment that explores the human condition, and has produced award-winning documentaries, feature films, television, and TV movies addressing pressing social issues and important moral questions. Paulist has provided programming for Paramount, Warner Bros., CBS, ABC, A&E, the History Channel, Hallmark Hall of Fame, and UPtv. In a time of rapid change and declining options for family viewing, Paulist is dedicated to developing positive programming with meaningful content. The HUMANITAS Prize, one of screenwriting's most prestigious awards, was founded by Paulist Productions.
Sullivan was an Executive Producer on the hit series “Growing Pains” for Warner Bros., and its spin-off, Just The Ten of Us. He was also was an Executive Producer and co-writer of The Growing Pains Movie. As an executive, Sullivan was the first President of Entertainment for the UPN broadcast network, helping launch the hit TV series Star Trek: Voyager and Moesha. He has served on the Paulist Productions advisory board for 25 years, and was the board president during the production and release of the feature film Entertaining Angels – The Dorothy Day Story, starring Moira Kelly and Martin Sheen.
Paulist Productions has been responsible for producing feature films such as Romero starring Raul Julia, and TV movies, including The Lost Valentine starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Christmas For A Dollar for cable channel UPtv.
Vice President, Development & Production
Marybeth Sprows is Vice President, Development & Production of Paulist Productions, a Catholic media company dedicated to producing thought-provoking entertainment that explores the human condition.
While at Paulist, Marybeth has developed and executive produced projects that include the TV movies The Town That Came A-Courtin’ and Christmas for a Dollar for UPtv, the latter being the highest rated movie premiere in the network’s history. She also served as an executive producer on the CBS Christmas special, A New York Christmas To Remember at St. Paul the Apostle, hosted by Regis Philbin and featuring the puppetry of Jane Henson. In 2015, she completed production on another feature film, Miracle Maker. She was instrumental in the sale and development of the one-hour TV pilot Cry to the CW network.
Her entertainment career began on the production staff of the long running family series, 7th Heaven. From there she went on to work for legendary producers J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves on Felicity, and she continued working with Abrams over the next 5 years on Joy Ride, Alias, and Lost, moving up the ranks to Associate Producer.
Marybeth’s next career move landed her with Greg Berlanti on projects such as Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, and Eli Stone, all for ABC. Marybeth was then afforded the opportunity to work with longtime friend and mentor, Francie Calfo, under her new production shingle, Long Run Productions. Marybeth served as Creative Executive for the company, which sold numerous pilots during her tenure, in addition to the summer series Scoundrels, produced for ABC.
She continued on to Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television, where she developed high quality television for both network and cable buyers, before departing in 2011 to join Paulist Productions.
A Philadelphia native, Marybeth is a graduate of the University of Scranton, and holds a Masters of Information Sciences from Drexel University. Marybeth is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, and the American Library Association.
Fr. Tom Gibbons, CSP:
Associate Producer and Chaplain
Fr. Tom Gibbons was ordained with the Paulist Fathers in 2012 at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in New York City. He is originally from Northern New Jersey and graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 1994. After college, he spent some time as a volunteer as a Jesuit Volunteer in Phoenix, Arizona and working with immigrants in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. Upon returning to Baltimore, he began a career as a graphic designer and web developer and worked for such non-profit organizations as Success For All Foundation and Baltimore City Head Start; in his last position, he created online databases for Catholic Relief Services.
During his formation years he wrote a blog entitled “Kicking and Screaming” for BustedHalo.com, the Paulist online magazine for spiritual seekers. After serving as a deacon at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown, Washington, DC, he was sent to St. Peter’s Church in Toronto where he first served as Associate Pastor and then the Parish Administrator. Fr. Tom is currently completing work on a documentary about Isaac Hecker, the founder of the Paulist Fathers, featuring the voices of Martin Sheen, Bob Gunton, and Matt McCoy as well as interviews with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Kathleen Sprows Cummings, and Father Tom Rosica.
In addition to his work at Paulist Productions, Fr. Tom is also serving as the Associate Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California.