Rich Underwood, 2014 Silver Circle Inductee

Rich Underwood began his television career while in college working at WSIU as cinematographer on the syndicated PBS program “Outdoors with Art Reed”. Upon graduation, Rich moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to join the news staff at KOTV.

Underwood then took a position in the highly acclaimed photographic news organization KUSA-TV Denver where he and the station won numerous Emmy and NPPA awards including three coveted NPPA News Station of the Year awards.

While at KUSA, Rich became the documentary cameraman for the 1/2 hour program “Assignment Colorado”. From there he took a position as director/cameraman in the Promotions Department creating 35mm filmed promos.

Underwood moved to San Diego to work with A&G Productions as director cameraman, then on to Mincey Productions and finally combining forces with Sales Rep Marti Ski and Executive Producer Ann Hawkins to launch Companion Pictures.

Companion Pictures was a television commercial production company specializing solely in 35mm filmed advertisements. Upon dissolving Companion Pictures in 1991, Underwood began freelancing under the FilmSpot moniker.

In 2005, Rich Underwood became an Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University teaching Cinematography, Intermediate Production and Advanced Filmmaking in the TFM department. Rich continues to teach at SDSU as well as The Maine Media Workshops.

While Rich Underwood had lensed assignments around the globe, his favorite backdrop remains San Diego, California.

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