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Richard RB Botto

Founder & CEOStage 32

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Member Since June 2021

Skills

Technology
Entertainment
Start-Up CEO

About

Richard “RB” Botto has created the online platform and marketplace designed to democratize the entertainment industry. By leveling the playing field for all film, television and digital content creators and professionals worldwide, Stage 32 provides networking and training opportunities as well as direct access beyond the gatekeepers. Launched in 2011, the Stage 32 community has grown to over 750,000 entertainment creatives and professionals worldwide. In addition, Stage 32 has curated the world's largest educational library with over 1500 hours of webinars and classes designed to help all film, television and digital content creators and pros hone their craft and navigate the industry. RB is also a producer whose films have played at dozens of festivals including a Sundance-award-winning feature. He is the Executive Producer on projects with Gidden Media and National Lampoon. Through Stage 32 he has helped incubate Chick Fight, starring Malin Akerman and Alec Baldwin, produced by Yale Productions and Ramo Law, and 10-31, produced by Eli Roth and Orion Pictures. As a writer, RB works on active writing assignments and has two features and a TV pilot in development. As an actor, his latest film On the Corner of Ego and Desire premiered at the Raindance Film Festival. Additionally, RB’s #1 best-selling book Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, was published by Routledge under the American Film Market Presents banner, is available on Amazon and Audible, where it has garnered over 100 5-star reviews. (More here: https://amzn.to/2Ov3rgC) RB has been a keynote speaker and panelist all over the world at such festivals and conferences as Cannes, AFM, Tribeca, Sundance, Raindance, Hamburg, SXSW, Cinequest, Austin, ITVFest, Portugal FEST, Trinidad and Tobago and Winston Baker. He has also taught at institutions such as Harvard, USC and Columbia University on the subjects of filmmaking, producing, film finance, screenwriting, social media, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, entrepreneurship and business.

Published content

Four ways entrepreneurs can safeguard their mental health

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Leadership today requires openness to every perspective—and that includes looking inward.

Here's how to end the WFH vs. return-to-work debate here and now

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Leading experts share 20 tips to help managers and their employees find a reasonable work-life balance that gets the job done.  Even before the COVID-19 crisis took the world by storm in 2020, managers at most companies were not promoting the idea of a remote or hybrid work culture environment. But when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a shelter-in-place mandate, employers had to quickly adjust their traditional policy.  Realizing the cost-effectiveness on both sides of the aisle, some companies have fully leaned into the idea of enabling employees to WFH and have never looked back while others continue to resist the idea when their staff members question whether they must commute from home just to sit inside a cubicle space. Below, 20 Fast Company Executive Board members weigh in on how employers can work with employees to find common ground and implement the right policies—aside from the current standard hybrid solution.

What does the future of work look like across industries?

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Leading business professionals offer advice to the next generation. In a changing world market and tough economy, no one can predict what the future of work will look like in the short term or 10 years from now. One way or the other, what people are realizing in the new norm is that although technological innovations are being elevated every day, companies need to embrace them if they don't want to be left behind. However, these business leaders also agree that the human touch is still essential to ensure smart decisions are being executed for the growth and success of organizations. Below, 14 experts from Fast Company Executive Board discuss how specific industries are currently being impacted and what the next generation of leaders should do to prepare for the unknown.

16 best practices to increase employee retention

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Implement these strategies to build stronger team morale and loyalty in 2024. In today's marketplace, when it comes to attracting and retaining staff members who want to invest their time and services for the long term, trust and transparency are required every step of the way. In addition, it's even more important to ensure that potential employees and employers are in alignment during the hiring process to begin with. Fostering a workplace culture that encourages regular team communication empowers staff members to voice any concerns as needed and feel recognized when they make a valuable contribution to help their department or company move forward. Below, experts fromFast Company Executive Board share 16 strategies to help employers improve employee retention rates in the coming new year.

15 ways to develop and support your loyal business assistant 

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Apply these best practices to strengthen your relationship as a mentor and partner.  If you're a leader seeking a great personal assistant who can help you elevate your business to the next level, it's essential that you take your time until you find the proper fit. Once you've succeeded at the first step, it's time to nurture the relationship by learning what drives them and what they are most passionate about—treating them like a partner in collaboration on your journey and engaging them in meaningful assignments. While retaining top talent is not an easy feat, here, 15 Fast Company Executive Board members share their best tips for training a high-level assistant that you can count on to work with you closely for the long term.

18 ways to find balance in your remote work life—every day

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Don't let your physical or mental health go by the wayside. Landing a remote career opportunity with a great company may seem like the ideal solution to help busy employees navigate their current circumstances, especially for those in need of additional resources to balance a job that they truly love with caregiving responsibilities or other challenges they may be facing at home. However,  it's more than essential to make the most of what a true work-life balance should look like when the lines begin to blur. Based on their own remote work experiences, 18 Fast Company Executive Board members offer their top suggestions for promoting the best physical and mental health possible while working remotely. To keep moving and stay engaged with others, try the following.

Company details

Stage 32

Company bio

Stage 32 is a global online platform connecting and educating film, television and new media content creatives and professionals. With a membership base of over 750,000, a library of over 1200 hours of original education programming, and a network of over 500 industry professionals who serve as mentors to the community, Stage 32 is recognized industrywide as a company disruptor leading the charge in the convergence of entertainment and tech. Stage 32’s global partners include the American Film Market, The Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film, as well as dozens of festivals, film commissions and film and television organizations around the world. Since 2011, Stage 32 has served as an incubator for discovering new talent and hundreds of film, television, and new media projects, which have gone on to premiere at all major festivals and be distributed by network, cable and streaming platforms. In 2020, Stage 32 introduced Stage 32 Screenings, an online portal which screens films, short films, TV shows and web series displaced by film festival cancellations by screening them online to sales agents, distributors, managers, agents and other executives and decision makers. To Join: www.stage32.com

Industry

Media & entertainment

Area of focus

Social Networking
Film
Film Making

Company size

11 - 50