Monthly Archives: March 2016

How to produce a Democratic convention? Ask RKP!

PHILADELPHIA – Seven months away from the Democratic national convention, organizers have already opened a Philadelphia office, held a series of town hall meetings with local businesses, given the national media a tour of the Wells Fargo Center and assigned every state delegation a hotel.

The show’s co-producer Ricky Kirshner and the convention committee’s CEO, Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, provided some updates to The Inquirer on what the early planning process for the July 25-28 convention is like from the director’s chair.

Kirshner knows how it’s done: He has produced every Democratic national convention since 1992.

The son of late TV rock legend Don Kirshner, he has also been at the helm of several Super Bowl halftime shows (including the upcoming 50th) and the Tony Awards.

Daughtry, too, knows conventions. She headed the Convention Committee in 2008, when President Obama was first nominated, and has worked on several others. She has said this DNC will be the most diverse in history and as part of that goal, the committee aims to award 35 percent of contracts to minority, female and LGBT-owned businesses.

Read the whole interview here.

DNCC Names Executive Producers for 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that Emmy Award winning producer Ricky Kirshner and seasoned creative producer Vicangelo Bulluck will serve as Executive Producers for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Together, Kirshner and Bulluck will craft and implement a program to transform the Wells Fargo Center into the most engaging, innovative, and forward looking Convention in history. As Executive Producers, the pair will be responsible for the overall look and execution of the Convention program including the design, staging, lighting, audio and entertainment.

“Come July 2016, the world’s spotlight will shine on Philadelphia and the Democratic Party,” said Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the DNCC. “We are confident that this production team will give us a winning combination of experience, professionalism, and fresh ideas that will give our attendees and viewers at home a stellar experience.”

“It is a great honor to once again be a part of the DNCC Production Team,” said Kirshner. “We look forward to bringing to the world the message of the party and our nominee in many new, fresh, and exciting ways.”

Kirshner has produced the Super Bowl Pregame and Halftime Show (the most watched TV event of the year)- touting a record which features artists like Prince, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars since 2007.  Kirshner has also produced many Emmy-winning Tony Awards shows from 1993 through 2015.