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.
Oscar and Emmy winning producer Chris Donahue was appointed as President of Paulist Productions, a prestigious film and television production company, in July of 2014.
Donahue completed three seasons of the hit A&E television series Longmire in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He became creatively involved in the project during its development phase from a novel, and continued to oversee production for its subsequent seasons.
He served as Executive Vice President of the Shephard/Robin Company, a Warner Bros. Television based company, for five years. While at Shephard/Robin (Nip/Tuck for FX, The Closer for TNT), Donahue was involved in the development and production of series including State of Mind for Lifetime, trust me for TNT, and Longmire for A&E. Donahue was instrumental in creating, executing and managing product integrations and digital assets across multiple platforms for trust me, an advertising related drama. These brand integrations with corporations such as General Motors, Anheuser-Busch, and Unilever generated over a million dollars in new revenue streams. Shephard/Robin sold an additional 10 pilots during his tenure.
Prior to joining Shephard/Robin, Donahue was the Executive Director of the HUMANITAS Prize, one of screenwriting’s most prestigious awards. He received an Academy Award for Visas and Virtue, a narrative depiction of Holocaust rescuer Chiune Sugihara. Donahue also received an Emmy Award for the documentary Be Good Smile Pretty, broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens.
While living and working in New Orleans, Donahue received two consecutive New Orleans Press Club Awards for the documentaries Russia: A Prison of Nations and Nicaragua: A Land Divided. He was selected as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Fellow at WGBH in Boston and is a graduate of the American Film Institute and The Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.
In addition to his producing credits, Donahue has taught film and television courses at the American Film Institute and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America.
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.