Richard is Co-Founder of ZEFR, parent company of MOVIECLIPS. ZEFR is the solution for professional content on YouTube and a premium network that brings together the largest and most diverse collection of content from movies, television, music and sports. ZEFR has more than 600 million monthly views and is based in Venice, CA. Prior to founding ZEFR and MOVIECLIPS with Zach James, Richard served as the Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival from 2000 to 2009. During his tenure, the LA Film Festival grew to a nationally recognized 10-day event with an audience of over 100,000 visitors.
Before running the Festival, Richard worked as an independent producer, his credits include: A Slipping Down Life, starring Guy Pearce and Lily Taylor, which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Lions Gate Entertainment; Shooting Lily, which garnered the Grand Prize at the 1997 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin Texas; â€¦And God Spoke, which was released theatrically by Live Entertainment in 1994. Other producing credits include music videos for the Sony work Group; as well as numerous short films. Richard began his career as an assistant to the late writer/director/producer John Hughes in Chicago.