Rick has over 40 years’ experience in the film and media world. He joined Warner Bros in1976, becoming its Senior Vice-President for Business and Legal Affairs in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In that position he has worked closely with many prominent filmmakers. He retired from Warner Bros after 25 years’ service in 2001.
He has served as Vice Chair of the British Film Institute and as Chair of Film Education. Currently, he is a partner in The Blair Partnership, (a literary agency that represents JKRowling amongst others), a Director of Pottermore Ltd, of Bank Leumi (UK) plc and of Cineworld plc. He is also Chairman of the London Film Museum. Rick is a graduate of University College London and a Solicitor.
Amongst the projects with which he has been closely associated are the Harry Potter franchise, Greystoke, Batman, Superman and many more. For several years he was a director of the legendary and newly revived British Film Company Hammer Film Productions. Since leaving Warner Bros he co-produced Claude Lelouch's film of And Now Ladies and Gentlemen, with Jeremy Irons and has also produced for the West End Stage.
He has acted as a consultant to various productions including Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Troy, Alfie, Sahara, Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and many others. He is currently working as a producer on The Casual Vacancy, Jo Rowling’s most recent novel which will be co-produced with the BBC for transmission in 2014 as well as producing a play which premiered in the French and English language, Address Unknown, at London's Soho Theatre in June 2013