Richard Joel


Richard Joel is a native Angelino and the President and founder of 405 Productions Inc. He is an Emmy Nominated and Rose D’or award-winning, TV Creator/Writer/Executive Producer and an award-winning Film Producer.  He has worked in all areas of production and development and brings a strong business and creative process to all sides of this business including the creation of original formats, competition & game shows and scripted TV & film. 

Richard began his producing career with his first short film, “Foursome,” and his first feature, “Wild Heirs.” In 2003, he met the President of Wildrice Productions and was recruited for their unscripted development team. He quickly rose through the ranks to become Head of Alternative TV Development & Production. There, he created, developed and sold an array projects to multiple cable networks. In addition, while still at Wildrice he created and sold an original game show format called, Heads or Tails, to Eyeworks USA, which aired in the UK during Primetime. Next, he served as Head of Alternative TV Development & Production for Muse Entertainment, USA. After several years at Muse, he learned he had a knack for creating formats and left Muse to focus his creative skills on creating formats for his own company. 

Richard then founded 405 Productions Inc. Conceived as a boutique production house and development shingle by creating original formats, specializing in competition and game shows. Out of the gate, he co-created with Deena Dill, the hit CW game show and Rose D’or winner, “Oh Sit!,” where he served as Creator, Executive Producer and Writer.  The format is currently selling worldwide. In the short time 405 Productions has been around they have created numerous original formats and then sold/partnered on these formats with companies such as Electus, The Gurin Company, Rive Gauche,  Asylum Entertainment, Shine, Studio Lambert, 3 Ball, Nigel Lythgoe Productions, The Content Group and Zig Zag.  In addition to creating his own content, he also consults with other creators/producers/production companies to help them format their projects.  

He is quickly expanding 405 Productions Inc. and the Richard Joel brands with unscripted and scripted content for TV & film domestically and internationally.  He recently produced and wrote on the new digital-series, “You’ve Been Had…Celebrity Edition!,” a Celebrity driven hidden camera prank show and on the scripted side, he produced/executive produced a new digital series, “Before We Go,” starring the Emmy nominated Lee Garlington. He produced “Tainted Dreams,” a 2017 & 2018 Emmy Nominated series for “Best Digital Drama” series on Amazon, and Produced/Executive Produced “The Candle,” a multi-award winning (30 awards / 30 nominations) short horror film / feature-proof of concept,  screening in more than 55 film festivals in 12 different countries over the last 12 months.  

Now he is embarking on his first feature length documentary based around the world of those inflicted with Spinal Cord damage. Lastly, he is currently developing the bestselling sci-fi trilogy of books, the Atlantis Grail games for TV as he controls all rights to this project.