Marc Wanamaker is a native of Los Angeles and grew-up in West Hollywood/Beverly Hills. His interests have always been directed to history and more pointedly the history of Los Angeles and the motion picture and television industries. Over the years he has been working in many aspects of film and television production, exhibition and research as well as being a world expert in film history. Wanamaker is affiliated with the Los Angeles County Museum, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, USC, UCLA and other universities and colleges nationally as well as with the Los Angeles Public Library, Petersen Automotive Museum and many various archives. Wanamaker is associated with many local historical societies such as past president of both Hollywood Heritage and the Los Angeles City Historical Society and others. He is an author who specializes in Southern California history as well as the history of the motion picture and television industries. His books include; Early Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills 1930-2005, Early Hollywood, Hollywood 1920-2007, Westwood, Griffith Park, Theatres of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Location Filming in Los Angeles, Early Warner Brothers Studio, Early Paramount Studio, Los Angeles Past and Present, Hollywood Past and Present. He is currently appearing and contributing to many television films and documentary films internationally, presenting lectures and programs, writing articles for various magazines and research-consulting on feature and documentary films.