R.B. Ripley was thrilled to discover that a shameless childhood television and movie addiction was actually excellent preparation for a writing career. Early on as a writer, he recognized his own folly as a way to reach audiences, and because of this, his work tends to explore universal experiences that connect people, often with the elements of family or an underdog battling an unwinnable dilemma, and set against the backdrop of social injustice.
Currently, he’s working on a dark comedy feature for actor/writer/producer Josh Gad about a junior high school teacher’s tenure battle of wits against a nefarious principal. He's also completed a new corporate thriller feature set in the near future set against the backdrop of water theft, and a period 1-hour pilot set in 1970's Detroit about a social worker who uses her city hall connections to build and run a successful prostitution ring. Recently, he wrote two made-for-television movies, one which aired in 2017 and another which is scheduled to go into production in early 2018. He's also scheduled to make his feature directorial debut with his dark comedy/drama feature Burying the Littlemans scheduled to go into production in spring/summer of 2018 in Nashville. He has been a finalist for both the Disney ABC and National Hispanic Media Coalition TV Writing programs, and was recently named as one of ISA's Top 25 Writers. He began his career in development, having worked at Paramount, Disney, Cruise|Wagner and Script Shark. In addition to a daily writing schedule, he helps keeps his story skills sharp by consulting for Third Act Screenplays, and reading for Odd Lot Films. Ripley currently resides in Los Angeles with his partner of 16 years and their two rescued pooches.
Ripley earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama and holds a BA in Music from the University of Houston. When not writing, he enjoys travelling, attending baseball games and plays, and volunteering for a variety of local animal shelters. He’s also mildly become obsessed with the green movement, though, a bit embarrassingly, can’t quite get the hang of composting. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his partner of fourteen years and their two rescued pooches.