Richard "RB" Botto has created the online platform and marketplace designed to democratize the entertainment industry, Stage 32. By leveling the playing field for all film, television and digital content creators and professionals worldwide, Stage 32 provides networking and training opportunities as well as direct access beyond the gatekeepers.
Launched in 2011, the Stage 32 community has grown to over 1 million entertainment creatives and professionals worldwide. In addition, Stage 32 has curated the world's largest educational library with over 2,000 hours of webinars and classes designed to help all film, television and digital content creators and professionals hone their craft and navigate the industry.
RB is also a producer whose films have played at dozens of festivals around the world including the Sundance-award-winning feature Another Happy Day, written and directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. He was on the producing team of What Lies Ahead starring Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont and Rain Beau’s End starring Ed Asner and Sean Young. He is the Executive Producer on projects with Gidden Media and National Lampoon. Through Stage 32 he has helped incubate Chick Fight, starring Malin Akerman and Alec Baldwin, produced by Yale Productions and Ramo Law, and 10-31, produced by Eli Roth and Orion Pictures and Crushed on Tubi.
As a working writer RB sold his original television series to a mini-major studio and attached an A-list showrunner from Apple at the helm. He works on active writing assignments and has sold two feature film scripts.
As an actor, he began his career as a theater actor in New York and his latest film On the Corner of Ego and Desire premiered at the Raindance Film Festival.
Additionally, RB's #1 best-selling book Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, was published by Routledge under the American Film Market Presents banner, is available on Amazon and Audible, where it has garnered over 100 5-star reviews.
RB has been a keynote speaker and panelist all over the world at such festivals and conferences as the Cannes Film Festival (France), American Film Market (US), Tribeca Film Festival (US), Austin Film Festival (US), SXSW (US), Cinequest (US), Winston Baker (US), Hollyshorts Film Festival (US), Raindance Film Festival (UK), Hamburg Film Fest (Germany), Trinidad & Tobago Film Commission (Trinidad), Fest Festival (Portugal), Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia) and Harvard (US) on the business of the entertainment industry.
The End Game Thriller A down on his luck, street smart hustler finds himself unusually and suspiciously fortunate at a Las Vegas casino owned by a mysterious charmer with suspected mob ties and soon realizes that he may be a pawn in someone else's end game.
Irrelevant Comedy ⋄ Drama After spending years in an alcohol and drug fueled haze, former A-list actor, Tom Satin, is ready for his triumphant return, only to discover no one gives a shit.
Rocket's Red Glare Drama When her unemployed and philandering husband won’t grant her a divorce, a kept housewife struggles to keep up appearances and protect her son’s innocence.
by Paul Leyden
What Lies Ahead
On the Corner of Ego and Desire
TV Series Producer
Film (Thriller and Short) Associate Producer The film is a thriller. The story begins when a girl is waiting at bus stop for a taxi to reach her home. She is troubled as she is not getting any taxi plus the darkness of that night is making her loose courage. The silence of that place and barking street dogs filled her with fear. All of a sudden she sees an old man approaching towards her with a wicked smile on his face. She is petrified and her heart starts beating fast. She wanted to run away but saw a taxi coming and feels better. She finally boards a taxi and is relieved now. But when the driver starts showing his true colors she goes through different emotions of fear and anger. It will be interesting to know what happens next with that girl. Written by Deep Dhudiya
All Things Hidden
Film (short) Executive Producer
Another Happy Day
Film by Mandalay Vision / Sam Levinson Associate Producer
Rain Beau's End
Film (Documentary) Producer Add a Plot »
Sundance: Producer for Another Happy Day - Grand Jury Prize (Nominee), Screenwriting Award (Winner)