About

For more than 25 years-from Network Broadcast to World Wide Telecast to Multi-Platform program production – garnering over 20 Emmy nominations, 3 Emmys, 2 Golden Mics and 13 Tellys — DOUG RITTENHOUSE has continually been part of television programs that have touched the hearts of viewers all over the globe.

“It’s all about effective story telling and having real people be transparent enough to make the audience on the viewer’s side of the ‘small screen’ care about the folks they’re meeting through the television.” Doug’s stated passion is at the core of what motivates him…

“I never really felt part of the band…” That startling revelation came from Steve Perry, the legendary voice of the rock & roll super group, Journey. “Steve, as well as the rest of the band really opened up to us. Their ‘genuine-ness’ is what made that show resonate with so many fans and viewers.” As the producer/writer of several episodes of VH1’s hit series, “Behind the Music,” Doug has brought the stories of Journey, Peter Frampton, REO Speedwagon, Hall & Oates… and many others into the homes of millions of viewers. “The key to our success with these episodes is going beyond the hit songs… and revealing these famous musicians to be the real human beings that they are.”

Leading to Doug’s stint at “BTM” were years of experience that cut many paths through the world of Television. West Coast Bureau Chief: Inside Edition & American Journal // Producer: Behind Bars [Nationally Syndicated reality series] // Producer-Assignment Desk Editor: NBC News, Burbank Bureau // Producer-Writer: On Thin Ice [Network Specials FOX] // DGA Membership, WGA Membership… and Representation: ICM.

In 1999 Doug formed Minaret Productions. Since that time, Minaret has produced several projects bringing real stories of struggling people around the world, home for American audiences to feel and understand. In 2002, Minaret Productions brought the plight of persecuted Christians in China to the screen for WorldServe Ministries (Dallas). To produce “The Cross Behind the Wall,” Doug and his crew traveled clandestinely into remote areas of China to conduct first-hand interviews with pastors who had been beaten and tortured in Chinese prisons. Other projects include Missions/Reality-Documentaries produced in Africa, Russia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia.

Now… as the Executive Director and Founder of The Center for Creative Media and 5 Stones Productions… Doug has been responsible for a breadth of production that reflects the establishment of a full-blown Film/Television studio. Since 2003 Doug has directed Music Videos, Produced/Directed Commercial DVD Releases, Produced all the Media Elements for 5 Arena Tours and 3 Stadium Tours, Executive Produced the Broadcast of 10 events… most of which lasted 15 hours each, Produced a Live Event in Times Square… including the use of Times Square JumboTrons, Produced and Directed several Short Films, Created innovative Resources for Youth Groups, Developed two major websites (overseeing the teams that created each website)… AND, oversaw the continuing production of more than 100 episodes of a Broadcast TV Magazine Series.

Making Film, Television, and New Media count for entertainment and for life.

That is the passion that drives Doug Rittenhouse.

BTW:  Vérité = A style of documentary filmmaking that stresses realism portrayed through the LENS/CAMERA as a window into a specific world.