Brad Riddell played second tuba (out of two) for the Lloyd Memorial High School Marching Juggernauts, and won a prestigious computer science award his senior year for creating a giant dollar sign out of tiny little dollar signs using DOS. Some time later, he graduated from the University of Kentucky after changing his major three times following screenings of Wall Street, Gross Anatomy, and The Dead Poets Society, respectively.
Brad worked professionally in film and video production for five years (while also crashing expensive racing bikes at high rates of speed), before attending and graduating from the Master of Fine Arts program in Writing for Film and Television at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Having written four produced screenplays (among many that remain less fortunate), Brad has worked on assignment for MTV, Paramount, and Universal, and has performed professional rewrites and book adaptations for independent producers. He has also begun directing, with two projects currently in post-production.
A Kentucky native, Brad was appointed to the Kentucky Film Commission in 2009 by Governor Steve Beshear, and was named a Kentucky Colonel in 2012. (Oh, and he once ran with the Olympic torch. Seriously. They let anybody do it.).
Brad taught screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for six years, SUNY Oswego for one year, and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University. Brad splits time between Chicago, Kentucky and L.A., and loves to obsess over fantasy football, yoga, Halo, and Skyrim.