Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32. Stage 32 is the world’s largest online platform connecting and training film, TV & digital creatives and professionals worldwide. Stage 32 was launched in 2011 to democratize the entertainment industry. Since then the Stage 32 community has grown to nearly 1 million creatives and professionals and features an educational library of over 2,000 hours of webinars and classes taught by over 2,000 industry executives. Stage 32 is recognized throughout the industry as an incubator of talent and is the official film education & networking platform of Netflix, the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film and the American Film Market as well as many other film festivals and commissions around the world.
RB is also a producer whose films have played at dozens of festivals including the Sundance award-winning feature, Another Happy Day, starring Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore and Kate Bosworth and written & directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, What Lies Ahead, starring Rumer Willis & Emma Dumont and Rain-Beau’s End. starring Sean Young and Ed Asner. 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. He is an Executive Producer on Vagic with Amy Baer at Gidden Media and My Clone’s an A-Hole with National Lampoon.
As a writer, RB actively works on feature film writing assignments, has sold multiple feature film scripts and in 2022 sold his TV pilot to Amblin, which has a Peabody-Award winning Showrunner attached. As an actor, his latest film On the Corner of Ego and Desire premiered at the Raindance Film Festival.
Additionally, RB’s book Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, was published by Focal Press/Routledge under the American Film Market Presents banner and quickly became one of their best-selling titles. It has hit #1 in 6 different film and business related categories on Amazon and Audible. The book can be found at the Focal Press/Routledge booth by AFM badge registration and on Amazon and Audible, where it has garnered over 100 5-star reviews.
Additionally RB is the author and audiobook narrator of 'Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd' which was published by Focal Press/Routledge under the American Film Market Presents banner and quickly became one of their best-selling titles. The book is currently being used as the curriculum for film crowdsourcing classes taught by two major universities in the United States. The book has garnered over 100 5-star reviews and has hit #1 in 6 different film and business related categories on Amazon and Audible. It is available for Kindle and paperback at Amazon (https://amzn.to/38A5Sr1).
RB has been a teacher, mentor, moderator and panelist at such festivals, conferences and institutions all over the world including Cannes (France), Raindance (England), FEST (Portugal), FilmTT (Trinidad and Tobago), Hamburg (Germany), AFM, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, PGA, WGA, DGA, Columbia, Harvard, USC (US) and more on the subjects of filmmaking, producing, screenwriting, independent film, entrepreneurship, business, social media, marketing, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.
Prior to creating Stage 32, Botto was the Founder, Publisher and Editor of RAZOR magazine, a national men’s lifestyle magazine which boasted a readership of 1.5 million at its peak. A former radio host on ESPN and FOX Sports affiliates, Botto has appeared on such networks as CNBC, MSNBC, NBC News, FOX News, CBS News and VH1, riffing about the entertainment business and social media.
In the 90’s, Botto was an integral part of the team responsible for creating the vendor tracking system used by many of today’s top e-commerce companies. Botto headed the development, design and commercial implementation for several of the top 50 most visited sites on the web during that period.
Botto also serves on the Advisory Board for Old Town Music Hall, a classic film theater in El Segundo, built in 1921.
Oh, and he was once named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors (no lie).
You can follow RB on Twitter and Instagram at @rbwalksintoabar.
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)