Bio / Credits

RK Productions was founded by Ricky Kirshner, one of the entertainment industry’s preeminent event producers. Combining over 20 years of production experience at ABC News, Radio City Music Hall, and producing shows for every major network, Ricky’s credits include many of the world’s most widely acclaimed and award-winning television specials, stadium spectaculars, conventions, galas, product launches, and corporate events.

Ricky Kirshner is a 9 time Emmy-award winning producer and a winner of both a Peabody and Edward R. Murrow Award. His shows consistently receive national acclaim. Some examples include:

 

The 2016 Democratic National Convention:

  • “Hillary Clinton put on a better television show in Philadelphia than Donald J. Trump did in Cleveland. Expectations had it the other way around… Yet it’s Mrs. Clinton who had the celebrities and musical acts that “Tonight Show” bookers’ dreams are made of… It’s Mrs. Clinton who had the more professionally produced show.” – The New York Times
  • “This was an extraordinarily well-staged, well-crafted convention… I think in terms of advancing the kind of case that she wants to make against this particular Republican nominee, I think it laid it out in a very rigorous and powerful way.” Charlie Rose
  • “On spectacle and imagery, the DNC in Philadelphia easily outclassed the RNC in Cleveland….But for skilled stagecraft and memorable imagery, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which wrapped up on Thursday evening, easily outclassed the Republican extravaganza in Cleveland.” Fortune
  • “As one who has worked conventions, this one was masterful from start to finish in its strategy, messaging and production.” David Axelrod
  • “The producing team. The heavy presence of musical acts, celebrity speeches, and Hollywood-produced film shorts at times resembled an award show — they even managed a “Cagney & Lacey” reunion… But the convention planners did a great job of avoiding cheesiness and maximizing the dramatic effect… Far often than not, the timing and placement of entertainment fused well with emotional moments, particularly on the final night.” From Variety’s Top 10 Moments of DNCC
  • “The balloons fell on time, by the way. All week long, there were almost no glitches in the audio or video equipment; in contrast, last week at the RNC, it almost seemed, at times, as though the electronic gear was possessed by some kind of demon. It’s the little things that mean a lot, and for sheer presentation, the DNC was far more slick — and that matters. Regardless of what you think of either convention on a political basis, there’s no question that, as a piece of showmanship, the Democratic convention was miles ahead of the RNC gathering.” Variety

The 2012 Democratic National Convention:

  • “Best Convention I have ever been to.” Cokie Roberts, ABC
  • “Someone is in charge who knows what the f*#k he or she is doing.” Bruce Handy, Vanity Fair
  • “Elections aren’t decided by conventions, but the Democrats know how to produce a compelling — and on-message — night of TV. In short, on Day 1, Democrats proved they are better at producing a convention.” NBC
  • “The Democrats Killed. The first night of their convention was a great success.” Peggy Noonan,WSJ

The 2013 Super Bowl Halftime with Beyonce:

  • “The pyrotechnics, the Busby-Berkeley light show, the clever video-replication of women in silhouette, rows of them blinking on and off in flashes of whoa-how’d-they-do-that–it all made for a feast of the unexpected.” Washington Post
  • “The best part of the set, for my money, was the incredible stage beneath Beyoncé, which looked like a pair of faces from above and changed with the songs.” SB NATION
  • “It was so electrifying that the lights went out after the halftime show. It was a high-energy, super-charged performance…” Forbes Magazine

The 2015 Super Bowl Halftime with Katy Perry:

  • “Katy Perry’s halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIX, hyped for months and anticipated by millions, did not disappoint. There were glowing orbs on the field, and of course, fireworks exploding around Perry as she delivered the self-empowerment anthem. It was a fittingly explosive ending to a fiery performance, one that serves as a career highlight for the pop superstar.”  Billboard.com
  • “Katy Perry definitely made the most of her time on the NFL’s biggest stage, burning through a bright, booming Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show that more than made up for a sleepy affair on the field.”  Rolling Stone
  • “Between the lion, the flying star, the chessboards and Missy-Freaking-Elliott jacket change, Katy Perry’s performance was grander in scope than anything seen in recent Super Bowl halftime memory.”  BleacherReport.com

After the success of the 2008 DNC, Ricky was also asked to oversee all televised events celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama, including; The Neighborhood Ball, We Are One: Concert at Lincoln Memorial, and the Kids’ Inaugural: We Are the Future. Some of his other credits as Executive Producer include the Tony Awards (for which he earned his 8th Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program), the Super Bowl Pre-Game and Halftime shows – featuring artists such as Prince, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and others (2007 – 2017) – The Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, the NFL Opening Kickoff show, and the Daytime Emmy Awards. Ricky also served as the Senior Producer of ABC 2000 (ABC News’ Millennium coverage), which proved to be one of the most watched television events of all time. For this program, he received an Emmy Award, as well as a Peabody & Edward R. Murrow Award.

Ricky’s extensive credits read like an encyclopedia of Variety television.

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RICKY KIRSHNER

SELECTED PRODUCTION CREDITS

Executive Producer/ Producer / Executive in Charge of Production

 

Democratic National Convention 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Super Bowl Halftime Show 2007-2017
TONY Awards –CBS Jun ’93-‘16 (Multiple DGA & Emmy Award Winner)
Kennedy Center Honors Dec 2015, 2016
MLB All-Star Game & Home Run Derby July 2015
NFL Opening Kickoff Sep ’04-‘16
NHL Winter Classic & Stadium Series Jan 2014-March 2014
Target Fall National Meeting 2014-2016
Inaugural Kids’ Concert January 19, 2013 
The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration January 20, 2009
We Are One Inaugural Celebration  January 19, 2009
Thanksgiving Day Parade – 3 Hour Special –CBS Nov ’02-’16
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention May 2001, 2005, 2011, 2016
The Daytime Emmy Awards – ABC May ’03, Apr ’06, June ’07, June ‘08
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – CBS Jul ’05-‘12
The Biggest Loser Season Finale, Season 2-NBC Dec ’05
The Rose Parade – 3 Hour Special – CBS Jan ’03-’05
The Vibe Awards – UPN Nov ’03-’05
GQ Awards – 1 Hour Special – NBC Oct ’02
ABC 4th of July Musical Celebration-ABC 2002
ABC 2002 New Year’s Coverage-ABC 2002
Jerry Lewis Telethon-New York-Syndicated 2001 & 2002
AFI Salutes Barbra Streisand-CBS 2001
ABC 2000 Millennium Coverage-ABC
Service Employee Union International Convention Opening and Closing Ceremonies
2000 (Emmy Award Winner)
2000 & 2004
…and many other televised and corporate events.