Rick Okie has been a well-known writer, director, producer, and executive in the television industry for over 30 years.
After graduating cum laude from Yale University, Rick worked in the programming departments at CBS and NBC, concluding this portion of his career as Director of Current Programs at NBC, supervising numerous primetime TV hits including Little House on the Prairie and the original Knight Rider. Rick then went under long-term contract to write and produce at Universal Studios, where he was nominated for an Emmy as Supervising Producer of Quantum Leap for NBC. He created, wrote, and Executive Produced the long-running CBS sitcom Major Dad, and was also nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Simon & Simon.
Rick ten shifted his attention to the emerging first-run syndication market, pioneering top-level production at below-network budgets. He wrote and served as Executive Producer on hits such as Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict (Tribune), Renegade (USA Network), and Witchblade (Turner). He has also written and produced movies for television – most recently Skyrunners for The Walt Disney Company.
In addition, through his own production company (and with partner Dean Butler), Rick continues ongoing production of documentaries. He is best known for writing, directing, and producing the globe-spanning series Goin’ Back for The Discovery Networks and writing/producing the concert pledge special Pa’s Fiddle for PBS.
Rick Lives in Sedona, Arizona with his wife of 30 years, Rosine. They have six children.