Mark A. Ritchie is an industry veteran, with over twenty-five years of experience as a Director, Cinematographer, and E.P. He is President of Southpaw Productions, Inc., a full-service production company, and Founder of HD Optics & Camera, a state-of-the-art motion picture camera rental facility.
With three decades of television, films, commercials, and live concerts to his credit, his cinematic expertise and experience masterfully blends with his unique visionary directing style, showcasing that there is no box to which Mark is bound.
His collaborations include many of today’s biggest artists including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Kayne West, Madonna, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry, where he brings his directing style and creative vision to bear, creating sensory-rich entertainment experiences.
2018, Mark directed the global OTRII Tour featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z, a total of forty-nine live stadium shows which grossed over $250,000,000 across eighteen countries. In addition, Ritchie was also tasked by the Carters to produce and direct the OTRII Feature Film at the Rosebowl stadium and was also retained for Beyoncé’s headlining performance in South Africa at the Global Citizen Festival.
No stranger to the field, he’s travelled the globe for a multitude of productions including eleven seasons, and seventy episodes of Fox Sports “Test Drive”. A docu-series & car enthusiast show, pitting some of the most talented drivers and special guests, on the most scenic roads and challenging race tracks around the world.
Mark does some of his best work under pressure, which landed him some top collaborations in the New York fashion film world including H&M + Alexander Wang, H&M + Balmain & Kanye West’s Yeezy Line, live from Madison Square Gardens.
Early in his career, Mark worked as a cinematographer for a multitude of networks including MTV and VH1, where he spent almost a decade DP’ing documentaries, live music and television specials such as Behind The Music, Fan Club, Cribs, Icons, Bands On The Run, Legends, and Jammed.
Beyond the docu-style and multi-cam world, Mark is no stranger to storytelling and single camera work. For six seasons, he directed CBS’ Primetime Annual Special, Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials, hosted by Boomer Esiason and Kevin Frasier, with Co Hosts Daniela Ruah & Katherine Mc Phee.
Most recently, Mark has had several collaborations with Netflix, including producing and directing an FYSEE special Episode of “My Next Guest” featuring Jerry Seinfeld. “13”, An Intimate Conversation with Oprah Winfrey and Eva DuVernay, and guest Director on “Bill Nye Saves The World”.
Ritchie remains a multi-hyphenate transitioning seamlessly from large live multi-cam productions to emotionally engaging single camera storytelling. At his heart, Mark is a masterful storyteller with an expert understanding of the cinematic eye.