Biography

biography

Ron began his career as a boy soprano soloist for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. After a childhood filled with classical music training as a violinist, pianist and conductor (at the age of fourteen, Ron conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), he made the transition to television. From directing the original Ginsu knife commercial to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, for which he won an Emmy for “Outstanding Directing For A Music/Variety Program”, Ron’s long career in television as a Director has been filled with historical, comical and illustrious credits.

Ron is perhaps best known for having directed over 5,000 shows of the grounding-breaking entertainment news show “Entertainment Tonight” for which he was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement, Directing” and the show, twelve times, for “Outstanding Non-Fiction Series, Informational”. Though he left “ET” as the director in 1997, he continued as a creative consultant for overall production.

His extensive resume include Concert Specials: “Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival” for which he was nominated for a Director’s Guild Award for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety”; NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”; “In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement” for which he was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Directing For A Music/Variety Program”; Produced, for television, and Directed “Woodstock 99”; “Come Together, John Lennon Tribute”; “One Love, Bob Marley Tribute”; “Fashion Rocks”; “Essence Music Festival” and “Concert for America”.

Television Concerts include: Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, The Who, KISS, Idina Menzel, Il Volo, The Judds, Jewel, Lyle Lovett and the Bay City Rollers.

Live Events and Award Shows Ron has directed include “SkyWire Live”, Nik Wallenda’s high-wire crossing of the Grand Canyon fifteen hundred feet above the canyon floor; “ABC’s Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade” for which he won an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement, Directing”; Celebrity Apprentice: Live Finales; “Survivor: The Amazon Finale”; Miss America; “Miss Universe”; Miss USA; “Screen Actors Guild Awards”; “Academy Awards: Countdown to the Oscars”; “Radio Music Awards”; The Dove Awards; TV Guide Awards; ”National Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy Awards”; “The Hispanic Heritage Awards”; for which he served as Executive Producer and Director; ”Countdown to the Emmys”; “CableACE Awards” and the “Soul Train Music Awards”.

Series Television include FOX’s “Riot”, “Million Dollar Money Drop”, “Don’t Forget The Lyrics!”, “The Moment Of Truth” and “Hole In The Wall”; ABC’s “Match Game”, “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; NBC’s “Thank God You’re Here!”; and the internationally syndicated “Soul Train” for which he was twice nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Special-Class Directing”.

He began his Television career as staff Director/Producer for KGGM Albuquerque, WCPO Cincinnati, WBZ Boston, KNBC Los Angeles and then the NBC Network.