With over 20 years experience in the industry, Rich Newey is an award-winning, multi-hyphenate director, writer, editor and producer.
He began his career directing Music Videos and Commercials and has collaborated with an array of A-List artists including Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Akon, Sean Paul, Sean Paul, Tiesto, Three 6 Mafia, Ice Cube, Mark Ronson, Bone Thugs n’ Harmony, Ghostface Killah and Nate Dogg, as well as diverse brands such as Midway Games, General Motors, Adidas and Proctor & Gamble.
With editing being an essential tool in his tool box, Rich honed those skills early on while earning a BFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. One of his early successes was an Apple Spec Commercial he cut during his senior year. 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.
As a television director, some of Rich’s work in drama includes CBS's feel good series “God Friended Me”, Freeform's critically acclaimed drama “The Fosters” as well as CW's period drama “Reign.” Rich also has extensive experience working with stunts and visual effects on NBC's “Blindspot” and CW's “Beauty & The Beast”. On NBC's epic reboot “Heroes: Reborn” Rich was brought in to direct pick-ups and re-shoots on ten episodes. Rich has also had the chance to flex his comedic muscles with projects such as Freeform's sci-fi skewing series “Stitchers”, Sony International's detective story “Carter” and Hallmark mainstay “Good Witch”, a broad family comedy. The latter two shows were cross boarded Season Finale blocks.
In film, Rich directed, produced and edited the award winning feature “Killing Eleanor”, which stars Jenny O'Hara, Annika Marks, Jane Kaczmarek, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski and Camryn Manheim. Set to
be released summer of 2021, the film won Best Narrative Feature at the Savannah Film Festival and Rich was also nominated for the Emerging Directing Award at the St. Louis Int'l Film Festival.
Currently Rich is attached to direct the feature adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s latest YA novel “Breathless” produced by Mazur / Kaplan as well as the epic romantic drama “The Tipping Point” with Rob Barnum producing. Also in the works is the limited television series, “Adult Children” with Lionsgate, which Rich is attached as an Executive Producer. On the writing side Rich is in development on a psychological thriller series with Marcos Siega.
Originally from Palm Springs, California, Rich is a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia and holds dual citizenship in Canada and the U.S..
He 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.