Thomas spent his entire childhood playing outdoors, thereby possibly discovering the magical appeal of an interconnected, story-driven universe.
At Rigler Creative he is most interested in building a consistently growing team of extremely talented filmmakers, social media producers, graphic designers and web developers to selectively take on projects of all types and sizes that serve clients and audiences alike.
An award-winning filmmaker, transmedia producer and former TV development executive, Thomas’s diverse body of work at Rigler Creative includes creating and executive producing the KCET / LinkTV series “City Walk”; initiating and executive producing the viral PSA “The West Wing Reunion” with Funny or Die that reached 750,000 viewers and generated more than 125 high-end press hits including Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and The Hollywood Reporter; the Babelgum Original web series “Sex and the Austen Girl” which is based on the series of best-selling Jane Austen Addict novels; and Every Body Walk!, a multi-platform campaign from Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Foundation to get America walking, which won a PR Daily Award for Best Fitness or Health Campaign. Every Body Walk! includes 100 short films, a social media universe, a mobile app, a video-rich website, partner outreach with 75 organizations in the field and a 30-minute documentary film slated for a 2013 release.
In 2008, Thomas co-founded and continues to curate the 4-day Digital Hollywood Content Summit, an event gathering the brightest and most innovative minds in the transmedia and cross platform media world four times a year in New York City and Los Angeles. For the 50th anniversary of the New York Film Festival, Content Summit was invited to curate two break-out panels at the prestigious Lincoln Center Film Society’s Convergence Summit.
Prior to founding Rigler Creative, Thomas held executive positions at E! Networks and at venture capital start-up Nixle.com, as well as produced and directed primetime programming for E!, Style, Food Network, Fine Living, CNET, ZDF, Arte, ORF, Pro7, and 3SAT.
While at Comcast Entertainment Group, Thomas initiated and oversaw media production centers for the Style and E! Networks that produced domestic and international programming for localized content distribution in Australia, New Zealand, South America, the UK, Italy, Germany, France and the Middle East. As Style and E!’s first New Media Executive, Thomas oversaw the launch of global broadband, video-on-demand and mobile networks, executive producing hundreds of hours of programming.
Thomas studied writing and directing at Vienna’s prestigious National Film School and is an alumnus of the American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab. He is a past-Vice President of the International Documentary Association and holds memberships in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.