Production Manager & Lighting Director
With a background in music, Rick Vaughn began his career in show business as a concert lighting designer in New York City. In 1994, after completing the Orange and Blue World Project tour with jazz guitarist Al DiMeola, Vaughn moved into television production.
Hired by Berner and Brill Lighting Design in NYC, he became lighting director for many popular TV shows such as Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect, NBC’s Inside Stuff with Ahmad Rashad and Willow Bay, MTV & VH1’s studio productions, and TVFN’s (Food
Network) cooking shows.
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He also worked under Steve Brill during the lighting installation of MSNBC’s multi-million dollar studio in Seacaucus, NJ; Allan
Branton on a live Internet broadcast of Aerosmith’s Nine Lives album party in Manhattan and Frank Kolarek on 20+ commercials and industrials for Kolarek Films and the lighting designer for VH1 on a filmed Johnny Cash concert. In St. Louis Vaughn worked as lighting director for The Missouri Lottery’s Fun and Fortune game show and Lighting designer on a Pfizer-backed medical show titled House Calls, both were aired weekly.
He has gained a considerable amount of experience as a cameraman. Most notably on Multimedia’s News Talk Television show shot in New York and CBS owned Inside Edition short stories including the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, MO. In St. Louis, he was a co-producer on the syndicated cooking show “Twice Baked” distributed by Charter. He has also produced and edited a live concert video All Star Guitar Night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (distributed by Mel Bay Publications), a series of live concert productions at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis titled “Live at the Sheldon”, and a fashion show for the May Company’s market week.
Vaughn’s film experience includes two feature films, “The Game of Their Lives” (2003) and “The Treatment” (2000). Both were shot in St. Louis. He also was production manager on a national :30 sec commercial spot for Hobbico Toys, and a production coordinator for Rockhard Films’ music video production featuring Murphy Lee and Christina Millian (dist. by Universal and Disney Records).
In 2019 Rick became an adjunct teacher at Lewis & Clark College where he teaches classes on music video production. He also programs & maintains the theatrical lighting system in one of the performance venues on campus. He is co-producer on Joseph Sohm’s “Visions of Democracy” project and preparing for a production on the 250 th anniversary of our U.S. democracy.