Steven Reich is an Emmy nominated writer who began his showbiz career as an actor. A wild Winnebago ride to Las Vegas landed him his first writing job on “It’s Dance!” for WWOR/MCA TV. That in turn led to a writing assignment on “The Metal Years/Cutting Edge Special” directed by Penelope Spheeris for MTV. After which he became Director of Development, then VP Creative Affairs for the newly formed film and television production company IRS Media, where he supervised the creative development and production of some 15 feature films including the critically acclaimed “One False Move” written by Billy Bob Thornton and directed by Carl Franklin; Cannes Film Festival entries “My New Gun” and “The Music of Chance;” plus the ever popular “Shakes the Clown” aptly described as “the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.”
Prior to leaving IRS, Reich co-wrote the kick boxing classic “Rage and Honor II: Hostile Takeover,” then moved on to produce a couple of independent films, “Amnesia” and “smalltime.” He wrote and a produced a series of Public Service Announcements for Fox Kid’s Network for which he received the “National Education Award for the Advancement of Learning through Broadcasting” and the “Chris Award.” Reich subsequently developed, wrote and was a producer on the daily pre-school series "The Fox Cubhouse," also for Fox Kid's.
Reich worked for several years at National Geographic Television as a writer, researcher and associate producer. There he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Avalanche: The White Death! Other documentary credits include: the National Geographic Special, Wolves: A Legend Returns to Yellowstone, Valley of the T-Rex for Discovery, Science at the Edge for TLC, Dating for Dummies, Marriage for Dummies and Parenting for Dummies for Discovery Health, The Liberty Bell which plays hourly at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and Alive From Pop!Tech, for PBS, a series of short films for the new education center and museum at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens as well as a few films profiling Abraham Lincoln for the History Channel Foundation. He recently completed Alien Earths, for the National Geographic Channel and Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor for NOVA on PBS. He’s currently working on Secrets Beneath the Ice, a documentary about Antarctica’s ice in a warming world also for NOVA, as well as Poop Island, a short film about a tiny island in the Sea of Cortez that is the nesting place for two entire species of seabirds.
Reich is also completing One Man’s Greed, a feature documentary on the hostile takeover of Pacific Lumber and how the greed of one man almost destroyed not only an entire community, but also an ecosystem. He’s seemingly forever in production on his personal passion project - King of Fools, a delightfully penetrating comedic spotlight on an unlikely group of musicians, mimes, jugglers, clowns, philosophers and trolls.
Reich is on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences