Senior Development Executive
Richard Joel is the President of 405 Productions, Inc. He is an award winning TV Creator/Executive Producer and Film Producer.
Richard is focusing 405 on the development and production of unscripted TV for both domestic and international
production and distribution. Richard got his start in the entertainment industry as a red carpet reporter interviewing
an impressive list of stars such as: Clooney, Spielberg, Ang Lee, Bruckheimer, Senator McCain, Jason Bateman, and
many others. In 2003, he realized his creative passions lay elsewhere, so he made a bold move and left the warmth
of the spotlight to focus his energies on the cold frontier of TV development and production.
Richard began working at Wildrice Productions where he quickly rose through the ranks to become Head of
Alternative TV Development. There, he created and developed an array of projects for multiple cable networks. In
addition, he created and sold an original format of a game show called, "Heads or Tails" with Eyeworks USA which was
produced for Primetime in the UK and Australia. Next, Richard served as Head of Alternative TV Development for
Muse Entertainment, USA. After 6 years of writing, producing, and directing for other companies, Richard made
another bold move and created his own production company, 405 Productions Inc. Out of the gate 405 hit success
by partnering with The Gurin Company on their original format creation of the award winning game show, Oh Sit! for
the CW network and Warner Horizon. 405 is bringing together their arsenal of creative and production skills to build a very
full development slate.
Richard graduated Arizona State University with a B.S. in Business, majoring in Marketing and Advertising.
He is a member of the WGA, PGA and SAG-AFTRA.
Upon leaving the University of Iowa, Tom headed to where he always wanted to be, Los Angeles. An Iowa boy in
California found that beach life was a lot more fun than even he expected. After four years in Newport Beach, Tom
finally made it to Los Angeles where he has been a part of television production ever since.
While continuing to work in news, he has also had the privilege to work with Hollywood heavyweights, including Kevin
Costner and David E. Kelley. Tom has done work in front of and behind the camera, which has given added insight into
both. This has taken him down the path of producing his own projects, both scripted and unscripted.
He worked closely with 405 President Richard Joel, going to work for Wildrice Productions where he created and
developed several projects for Bravo and a game show for Channel 5 in the UK with Eyeworks and 3 Ball Productions
called, Heads or Tails.
Tom brings a professional and creative background to 405, and is excited about seeing his past successes with
Richard Joel continue with 405 Productions.
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