Mentor Session: Richard Botto
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Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32, the world's largest social media and educational site for film, television and theater Creatives.
A pioneer of the early stages of the Internet boom, Botto developed Stage 32 so Creatives across the globe would have a dedicated network to find work and representation, launch projects, secure funding, and make life and career altering connections. In just over a year, Stage 32 has organically reached over 250,000 members from every country on the planet and has been described by Yahoo! Entertainment as “LinkedIn meets Facebook for people in the entertainment industry.”
An actor, producer and optioned screenwriter, Botto served as Associate Producer on Sam Levinson’s debut Another Happy Day, which starred Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Thomas Hayden Church, Kate Bosworth and Ellen Burstyn and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning Best Screenplay. Botto’s own latest script, The End Game, just placed as the 1st runner up at this year’s Creative World Awards.
Botto has spoken all over the world on social media, networking, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, and screenwriting at industry conferences including American Film Market, Screenwriters World West and East, Great American Pitchfest, STN Convention and many more.
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 serves on the Advisory Board for Old Town Music Hall, a classic film theater in El Segundo, built in 1921. A lifelong fan of film, a serial entrepreneur and a passionate Creative himself, he’s a great guy to have a drink with.