Richard has worked within the TV industry for 20 years and across a wide range of genres. Comfortable working in the field, the edit or the studio, Richard has an enviable range of production knowledge earned through years of hard work, challenges and experience.
Richard’s career began in the mid-90′s, working on a variety of kids’ TV shows and documentaries. After relocating to London, Richard came on board Channel Four’s famous (and infamous) morning show, THE BIG BREAKFAST, where he stayed for two years.
In 2000, Richard joined the production team on the first BIG BROTHER, beginning his extensive experience within the reality TV genre. Big Brother went on to win RTS and Broadcast Awards and became Channel Four’s highest rated non-scripted series.
In 2003 Richard was the Showrunner for Bravo’s soccer reality series FASHANU’S FOOTBALL CHALLENGE. Over 6 months Richard oversaw 77 episodes, attracting enviable press coverage and strong ratings to the cable network. Richard then went on to Show Run THAT’S SO LAST WEEK, the British version of the long running celebrity satire BEST WEEK EVER.
In summer 2005, Richard relocated to America where he set up and ran Zig Zag New York, the US office of the British production company. In his 3½ years running the company Richard took the office from a fledgling operation to a thriving and profitable business, Executive Producing a range of shows including the TLC pilots HAMPTON NANNIES and YOU’RE NOT GETTING A DIME, the A & E pilot 15 FILMS and the Travel Channel special COOL CAMPS.
Richard also created and oversaw the travel format PLAYBOY’S AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BABES and in 2008 created and executive produced Fuse’s flagship reality music series REDEMPTION SONG. The series, following 11 talented but troubled singers, became Fuse’s highest rated original series, attracted glowing reviews and solidified Richard’s position within the reality TV genre.
Since launching Savannah Media Richard has been an in demand consultant for networks including NBC, Sundance, Vh1 and We and has consulted for numerous production companies including Peacock Productions, Firecracker Films, Left Right and Radical Media. Richard recently Executive Produced the A&E series, LAST CHANCE DRIVING SCHOOL, and developed and produced the NBC primetime special WHAT WE WASTED OUR YEAR ON.
At Savannah Media, Richard oversees all the creative, TV and online aspects of the company, meeting with all the major US networks and is a familiar and well respected name within the broadcast and online communities
Richard has been an industry speaker at both the 2006 Realscreen TV Festival and the 2007 New York TV Festival and a judge for the 2007 Indie Short Film Competition.
Richard is also featured prominently in the book How To Get A Job In Television by Elsa Sharp, is the creator and author of the popular TV website Remote Patrolled, writes freelance for the Atlantic Monthly and has been interviewed as a TV expert for CNN.com and Emmy magazine.
Savannah is the true power behind Savannah Media and makes all the key company decisions. She is in charge of company morale and demands constant attention, biscuits and play. Savannah is also able to charm everyone (even network executives!) making her a powerful secret weapon!