RICHARD S. KAUFMAN
His career in entertainment kicked off at EJ Stewart, where he learned production firsthand as a grip, gaffer and a cameraman. He was later hired as a Technical Director for a local Philly television station, WTAF 29 Philadelphia. In Kaufman’s early 20’s, he was the game show host of Comcast Cable’s At the End of Your Rope. In his mid 20's, Kaufman moved to New York. One of his first assignments there was to work on USA Network's "Night Flight." Kaufman expanded his career by editing MTV music videos and a variety of commercials.
Kaufman was mentored by director Marty Callner, who taught him new age techniques for cutting music videos and concerts. Kaufman created videos for singer Stevie Nicksand the bands Whitesnake, Fleetwood Mac and Heart. He also edited American television situation comedies such as 227, New Love American Style and online editedMacGyver.
In the late 1980s, Kaufman started a 10-year run at New Wave Entertainment. During this time, Kaufman edited and produced trailers for films such as Pretty Woman,Cocktail, and Sister Act. After the release of the Sister Act trailer, the Chicago Tribune noted, "Whoever edited the trailer has a much better idea of what's good in this material than the man who directed the movie."
Kaufman later became a partner of New Wave Entertainment but eventually sold his interest in the company to start his own production company, Goodspot. The creative boutique specializes in media across all platforms.
In 2009, Kaufman was nominated for an Emmy for Producing the Ribbon of Hope Awards. He also directed the live to tape six-camera production. Kaufman has also directed other multi-camera productions including the Live From the Red Carpet Daytime Emmy Awards Preshow. Kaufman has also worked for the Aspen Music Festival, producing nearly a dozen classical music concerts streamed live over the internet.
Kaufman co-created "Real Life: The Musical," which sold to ITV and debuted on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in the summer of 2012. Currently, Kaufman is producing his first major motion picture. Academy Award-winning Ron Bass is the screenwriter and the film will take place in China. In 2013, he produced an ad campaign for ABC’s anti-bullying initiative with GLESN.
In 2004, Kaufman worked on the trailer for The Hunting of the President, a documentary about President Bill Clinton. In recent years, Kaufman has collaborated on a number of projects featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 2008, Kaufman produced the critically acclaimed tribute film introducing Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
Since 2009, Kaufman's company has created four films on Worldwide Food Security for then Secretary of State Clinton, all narrated by actor Matt Damon.
In November 2012, Kaufman produced another Clinton project for Haim Saban, a Clinton donor and founder of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute. The short film screened at the Center’s annual dinner, where Hillary Clinton was the keynote speaker. The film featured interviews with Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President Barack Obama. The project praised Clinton’s career achievements. The project drew positive reviews; The New York Times reported the video “roared,” while the Washington Post exclaimed, “I am momentarily distracted by the pure excitement I felt simply watching such high value campaign film-making art.” The project garnered additional media coverage from The Washington Post, MSNBC, CBS and NBC’s “Meet the Press” and on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
Kaufman completed two congressional TV campaigns for Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which included a 2012 ad. He also completed a short for The Shriver Report with journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver.
In 2013 Kaufman produced and directed Oscar de la Renta: An American Icon, a documentary celebrating the life of the word-renowned fashion icon. Produced in conjunction with the Clinton Foundation, the project featured personal interviews with Anna Wintour, Barbara Walters, Diane Von Furstenberg and the Clinton family. It premiered at the Clinton Presidential Center and was also screened during an event honoring de la Renta at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
A new version of the film featured Laura Bush—another former First Lady for whom de la Renta designed dresses—and was screened at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Kaufman has additionally produced projects for fashion brands such as Cole Haan, Nike and BCBG.
In May 2014, Kaufman began work on his first feature length documentary. The as yet untitled project has begun shooting in the Golan Heights and focuses on one woman’s mission to reclaim her ancestors’ land in an effort to bring peace to its surrounding regions and the people who inhabit them. It will be released in 2015.