With over 20 years experience in the industry, Rich Newey is an award-winning, multi-hyphenate director, writer, editor and producer.
Starting his career in music videos, working in various locations across the globe, Rich has had the good fortune of collaborating with a wide variety of A-List Artists including: Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Akon, Sean Kingston, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul, Tiesto, Three 6 Mafia, Nipsey Hussle, Ice Cube, Mark Ronson, Twista, Bone Thugs n' Harmony, Rich Boy, Flipsyde, Kurupt, Digital Underground, T.I., Anthony Hamilton, Nappy Roots, Nate Dogg and Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Rich's success in the music industry led to work in commercials and he was often called upon by ad agencies and brand names to help reinvent their products-- providing that often illusive magic sparkle of "cool, yet relatable." Rich's work primarily focused on lifestyle and includes diverse brands such as Midway Games, General Motors, Adidas, Proctor & Gamble, DeVry University and Bally Total Fitness.
With a strong background in editing, Rich has honed those skills by working on his own projects, as well as those of other directors. One of his early successes was an Apple Spec Commercial he cut during his senior year of film school. It won the coveted Gold Clio, as well as an A.I.C.P Award and now enjoys a permanent home in the New York Museum Of Modern Art. Another notable editing project was the Shakira "Waka Waka" 3D music video directed by Marcus Raboy. It premiered at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and to date has been viewed over 2.5 billion times on YouTube.
As a television director, Rich strives to make sure his cast and crew always shine, which means being an effective captain, but also an energetic cheerleader. He believes in doing the work in prep so the magic can happen in the moment. He's a visual storyteller, but understands a "cool shot" is only a cool shot if it means it's telling the the most compelling story. And above all else, he's a problem solver that can think on his feet.
Rich loves complicated characters dealing with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, as well as pulse pounding circumstances that push the story forward.
Some of his directing work in TV drama includes CBS's feel good hit series GOD FRIENDED ME, Freeform's critically acclaimed series THE FOSTERS, as well as CW's period drama REIGN, in which he directed the Winter Finale of Season Two.
Rich also has extensive experience working with stunts and visual effects. On NBC's BLINDSPOT he directed epic choreographed fight sequences and high octane shootouts. On three episodes of CW's BEAUTY & THE BEAST he used VFX and creative in-camera techniques to craft nail biting car chases and fight sequences as well as an elaborate helicopter stunt. On NBC's HEROES: REBORN he blended live action and visual effects into dynamic sequences, directing pick-ups and re-shoots on various episodes over the course of the entire first season. On his critically acclaimed short film BREATHE Rich worked with NYPD undercover narcotics detectives to capture hard boiled, authentic realism.
Rich has had the chance to flex his comedic muscles with a variety of projects including Freeform's sci-fi skewing series STITCHERS, Sony International's detective series CARTER and Hallmark mainstay GOOD WITCH, a broad family comedy. The latter two shows were cross boarded Season Finale blocks. Rich also co-directed the comedic short film THE GAMES WE PLAY with his wife Annika Marks, who wrote and stars in the project along side Thomas Sadoski, Emily Swallow and others. It won the audience award at the Sonoma International Film Festival and was nominated for the audience award as well as best director at the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience.
In features, Rich is finishing post production on the indie dark comedy KILLING ELEANOR, which he also edited and produced with his wife, Annika Marks, through their Let's Try One Productions banner. And currently Rich is in early pre-production for his next feature, ADULT CHILDREN, which Marks also wrote and will star. They will be producing with Thomas Sadoski and Amanda Seyfried, who will also be in the film.
Rich loves working with actors-- giving them both the support and encouragement they need to do their best work. His collaborators include a wide array of talented thespians such as: Noah Centineo, Camryn Manheim, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski, Jane Kaczmarek, Joe Morton, Brandon Michael Hall, Javicia Leslie, Suraj Sharma, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Alexander, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sullivan Stapleton, Catherine Bell, Kristen Kreuk, Jerry O'Connell, Maia Mitchell, Teri Polo, Chris Mulkey, Brent Sexton, Emily Swallow and Jack Coleman to name a few.
Originally from Palm Springs, California, Rich currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and holds dual citizenship in Canada and the U.S..
A proud member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Directors Guild of Canada, Rich is represented by Michael Kolodny at the Kaplan-Stahler Agency in the U.S. and Ben Silverman at Integral Artists in Canada. He is managed by Kasra Ajir at Velocity Entertainment Partners.