Bio / Credits

RK Productions was founded by Ricky Kirshner, one of the entertainment industry’s preeminent event producers. Combining over 30 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.

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.

 

This year he was asked to re-invent the Democratic Convention during a Pandemic. The reviews and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive. 

 

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. This year he is nominated for 2 Emmys (out of a total of 5 in the category of Live Variety Special). Some examples include:

 

The 2020 Democratic National Convention:

  • “Longtime Tony Awards kingpin Ricky Kirshner would be a lock on another Emmy if they handed out Emmys for producing political conventions” - Deadline.

  • “Producer Ricky Kirshner — created a thematically cohesive convention that managed to also entertain, while reinventing a shopworn political ritual” - Washington Post.

  • “This convention is not just efficient. It’s award-worthy television” - Peter Marks, Washington Post.

The 2020 Super Bowl Half Time Show:

  • “Superstar singers and dancers Shakira and Jennifer Lopez took the stage during halftime at Super Bowl LIV and absolutely stole the show. The two transformed the field into a concert and each brought their unique elements of dance and flavor to the performance” - CBS Sports

 

The 2016 Democratic National Convention:

  • “Hillary Clinton put on a better television show in Philadelphia than Donald J. Trump did in Cleveland… It’s Mrs. Clinton who had the more professionally produced show.” - The New York Times

  • “This was an extraordinarily well-staged, well-crafted convention.” - CBS

  • “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… But the convention planners did a great job of avoiding cheesiness and maximizing the dramatic effect.” - From Variety’s Top 10 Moments of DNCC

  • “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 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

 

The 2013 Super Bowl Halftime with Beyoncé:

  • “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 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

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

RICKY KIRSHNER

SELECTED PRODUCTION CREDITS

Executive Producer/ Producer / Executive in Charge of Production

Democratic National Convention

Super Bowl Halftime Show

TONY Awards

Kennedy Center Honors

Night Of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs

MLB All-Star Game & Home Run Derby

NFL Opening Kickoff

NHL Winter Classic & Stadium Series

Target Fall National Meeting

Inaugural Kids’ Concert

The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration

We Are One Inaugural Celebration

Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention

The Daytime Emmy Awards

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The Biggest Loser Season Finale, Season 2 – NBC

The Rose Parade – 3 Hour Special – CBS

The Vibe Awards – UPN

GQ Awards – 1 Hour Special – NBC

ABC 4th of July Musical Celebration – ABC

ABC 2002 New Year’s Coverage – ABC

Jerry Lewis Telethon-New York-Syndicated

AFI Salutes Barbra Streisand – CBS

ABC 2000 Millennium Coverage – ABC Service Employee Union International Convention Opening and Closing Ceremonies

…and many other televised and corporate events. 

1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020

Jan/Feb 2007-2020

1993-2019 (Multiple Emmy Award & DGA Award Winner)

Dec 2015-2019

Nov 2017

July 2015

Sep 2004-2020

Jan 2014-March 2014

2014-2017

January 19, 2013 

January 20, 2009

January 19, 2009

Nov 2002-2017

May 2001, 2005, 2011, 2016

May 2003, Apr 2006, June 2007, June 2008

Jul 2005-2012, 2016

Dec 2005

Jan 2003-2005

Nov 2003-2005

Oct 2002

2002

2002

2001 & 2002

2001

2000 (Emmy Award Winner)2000 & 2004

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