Marlise Boland, Creator/Executive Producer/Host
If anyone had told Marlise Boland that she would be the head of a successful multi-media entertainment network and production company 20 years ago she would not have believed it. Having started out in musical theater and winning awards for her performances in productions of A Chorus Line (Cassie), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Westside Story (Anita), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza) and 110 in the Shade (Lizzie), Marlise’s career path was definitely leaning toward the performing arts.
A year as Miss California, and runner-up at the 1989 Miss America Pageant, won that year by Gretchen Carlson, led to a gig performing around the world including aboard the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise liners for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Cunard.
*Fun Fact: Broadway/West End Producer, Cameron Mackintosh had to give his personal permission for Marlise to sing the Les Miserables song, “I Dreamed A Dream”, on NBC’s national telecast.
Commercials and television roles also followed in William Shatner’s Tek War, Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara.
Never one to sit by the phone waiting for it to ring, Marlise began to create her own opportunities. “I remember when I was a little girl, we had this babysitter who was good friends with Michael Lookinland(Bobby on The Brady Bunch.) One night she promised to call “Bobby” while she was looking after us. While the two other kids she was babysitting for couldn’t wait to talk to BOBBY BRADY…when my turn came, I opened up a booklet of Hollywood talent agent’s names – that I had sent away for from an ad I saw on television – and the first thing I asked was, ‘So, who’s Maureen McCormick’s agent and do you all have the same agent?’ I was more interested in finding out how they did what they were doing – than asking for an autographed photo.
Always an entrepreneur, Marlise enjoyed producing live theatrical stage productions and had great success with high profile corporate events and subscription theaters with shows such as Stars of the High Seas, Best of Broadway, A Night at The Hollywood Canteen.
Indie films soon followed with Found and the award-winning festival favorite, Fragile Storm starring Lance Henrikson. Marlise relished the independence that came with producing your own projects and the excitement that went along with making it happen!
Having traveled around the world experiencing different cultures Marlise first realized her affinity and deep love for Britain. She wanted to create a project that would bring her to Britain on a regular basis. What many may not realize is that Marlise’s love of all things Britannia goes much deeper than simply loving Jane Austen, Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, and Colin Firth. Having been adopted, Marlise discovered that her biological family on her maternal side all hailed from, and still reside in, Britain! It was kismet and sealed the direction her next creative project would take. Thus, The Anglophile Channel was born!
Since creating The Anglophile Channel, Marlise has built a brand that is now recognized, respected and loved by millions of Anglophile fans worldwide. Expanding TAC’s content from YouTube to other streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Boland has built an audience of devoted followers.
Most popular are The Anglophile Channel’s comedically creative recap shows: OutlandDish, Downton Dish, and PoldarkDish, which Marlise co-hosts with Elyse Ashton. PoldarkDish, in particular, caught the eye of the show’s creators at Mammoth Screen in London, who then invited The Anglophile Channel team to travel across the pond to visit the Poldark set and make an appearance on the hit BBC One period drama!
Other fan favorite’s have also included Marlise’s celebrity interviews, which quickly became fan obsessions thanks to her fun, relaxed approach that gets celebrities to say things they normally wouldn’t – just ask Sam Heughan of Outlander and Richard Armitage of The Hobbit.
As Executive Producer of The Anglophile Channel, Marlise has forged professional relationships with The British Consulate, Los Angeles, BAFTA/LA, BritWeek, SKY UK, BBC, and Mammoth Screen.
In 2016, Marlise produced The Anglophile Channel’s British Artist of the Year Awards, hosted by Her Majesty’s Consul General Chris O’Connor OBE and held at the British Residence in Los Angeles, where Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame were honored.
Having developed a reputation as the “go to” authority on British culture, Marlise was a commentator/contributor on many news programs during Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding to Meghan Markle, traveling to Windsor, England with her team to cover the event live.
Marlise has led TAC’s Team to multiple nominations, honors and award wins including Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards for Best Arts & Entertainment Feature, Best Broadcast Critics, Best Anchor/Hosts, Best Pop Culture Feature, Best Entertainment Reporting.
Marlise feels this is only the beginning for The Anglophile Channel. “We’re still a growing company”, says Boland, “our goals are long-term and varied.” The Anglophile Channel’s goal is to create a streaming service that caters to every British fan interest from film and television, to sports, fashion, music, and theatre. “Outside the UK, there really isn’t anything that specifically caters to that market or fandom – across multiple genres – all day, every day. If you want to enjoy an evening showing of Pride and Prejudice for the millionth time, we’d like to provide it. If you want to see the latest Alexander McQueen or Stella McCartney fashion shows, or catch the highlights of the latest Manchester United football match – we’ll bring them to you.”
Most recently, Marlise sold her first Anglophile-themed movie, co-written with Robin Bernheim. It’s modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and is currently in development with Brad Krevoy at Motion Picture Corporation of America.
Marlise is also currently developing TAC’s first scripted comedy series, From Across The Pond, which follows a British Expat family to Los Angeles after they discover that they’ve inherited a rundown Hollywood motel… and if Colin Firth should want to star in the series, Marlise wouldn’t say no.
Marlise lives in Los Angeles with her husband and co-producer, Paul Boland and their daughter, award-winning journalist Juliette Boland.
She enjoys afternoon tea, baking scones, and hanging out at Disneyland with her daughter.
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