Richard E. Robbins is an award-winning writer, director, and producer whose work includes both fiction and non-fiction. His work has been honored by the International Documentary Association, the Directors Guild, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Columbia DuPont Awards, and many others. He is a founding partner of DocGroup.
After spending his early career at ABC News and PBS’ Frontline, Richard began directing his own projects in Peter Jennings’ documentary unit at ABC News. His first collaboration with Jennings was on the critically acclaimed ABC series The Century. His subsequent projects at ABC took him around the country and the globe. From the mountains of Kashmir interviewing Al Qaeda militants, to the press plane of the 2000 Bush campaign, to the back of an LAPD squad car patrolling Watts. In the fall of 2001 and 2002, he spent time in Pakistan and Afghanistan covering the war for World News Tonight and Nightline. Robbins left ABC in 2004 to help found PJ Productions, renamed DocGroup following Peter Jennings’ death.
More recently Richard has branched out into scripted projects. In 2009 he wrote an original drama Inside the Box, for which ABC Television produced a one hour pilot. He also served as executive producer on the project along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Since then he wrote for the critically acclaimed AMC series Rubicon, and ABC’s drama Scandal. Richard’s first theatrically released documentary, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, received broad critical acclaim and numerous awards including a nomination for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary category in 2008. The Orlando Sentinel called it “the best documentary to come out of the Iraq War.”
In addition to his work on Scandal, Richard is developing both a scripted drama at ABC Studios, and directing a new documentary feature. A graduate of Harvard College, he lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.