Richard Christie, Jr. (BFA ’84)
Rick Christie has been involved in the advertising and television business for the past 27 years and has continued to build on this experience by owning and operating Studio W, Inc., a broadcast film and video production company, for the past 16 years.
As a filmmaker Rick began his career making travel documentaries. Producing 11 documentaries; his film destinations included Australia, Fiji, Kauai, Barbados, Cancun, Cozumel, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Since then he has gone on to produce seven additional feature-length documentaries. His award-winning productions have earned him Six Emmy Awards; Nine Emmy nominations, and 36 cable, corporate, and advertising awards. His productions have been viewed in the Smithsonian Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and nationally on network and cable television.
He is also the producer of the award-winning Brutal Truth Project, a series of documentaries for PBS about child abuse prevention and violence prevention.
A native Houstonian, Rick received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Radio, Television and Film, from SHSU. He has continued postgraduate education by completing several executive management courses through the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Administration at Rice University.
In 2001, Rick was presented the Dan Rather Award by the SHSU radio-television program in recognition of his outstanding achievements.
While a student at SHSU, Rick played four years for the lacrosse team. He has remained involved in the sport by coaching his sons and being an active member of the Bellaire High School Lacrosse Booster Club.
Rick and his wife, Tracy, are the parents of two sons, ages 20 and 18, and a 13-year old daughter.