Rick Ernst

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I 'grew up' at MTV Networks, producing, directing and writing everything from Headbangers Ball to TRL, 120 Minutes, Cribs, Spring Break, live shows, reality shows and much more.
My next adventure was with Roadrunner Records, where I was the Director of Video Production & Development. I loved being on set to oversee the making of music videos and concerts for bands like Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Slipknot, Megadeth, Korn etc. While at Roadrunner, I won a Telly Award as Executive Producer of the documentary Dream Theater: The Spirit Carries On, which was viewed over 1.5 million times on You Tube during its first week. An amazing experience working with the band!
I love music and animals ... check out the "diving with sharks" vids, the Pelicans of Loreto montage and the animal rescue videos I do for the local animal shelter.
The project I'm most proud of is the award winning film I directed, Get Thrashed. Made just before HD became a household world, it was a total DIY effort ... just like the thrash metal movement of the 1980's was. So it seemed fitting that this dirty, gritty cousin of punk and hard rock had a look to match. The film was numerous awards, played in over 50 film festivals around the world and afforded me the opportunity to travel to cities and countries I'd never been to before. The enthusiastic reaction to the film and the reviews proved to me that music is the universal language. How else could it be that these theaters, no matter what country, were packed for a little film about a bunch of long haired rockers who drank a lot and played really fast!

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