Title: Retired Television Producer, Consultant
Location: Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Richard Turner Johnson, Retired Television Producer and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in television production and the performing arts.
Having been involved in the arts since his childhood, Mr. Johnson developed a deep love and passion for the performing arts that lasted throughout his entire life. After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1954 to 1957, he matriculated at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in theater arts in 1959 and 1961, respectively. Shortly thereafter, KHJ-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles hired him as a television stage manager and set designer. Mr. Johnson remained with the station the entirety of his career, having also excelled as a producer and director from 1967 to 1972, production manager from 1972 to 1981 and assistant program director and executive producer from 1981 until his retirement in 1990. He has since continued to offer his expertise as a television consultant.
Alongside his career in television, Mr. Johnson remained active in the performing arts community as executive director of the Conejo Players Theater from 1968 to 2010. Likewise, he was appointed art commissioner of the City of Thousand Oaks from 1986 to 1992. Notably, Mr. Johnson was the executive producer of the television programs “Off-Hand,” “Teen Talk,” “Taking ‘High’ Out of High School” and “School Beat,” all of which received Los Angeles Emmy Awards throughout the 1980s. During his career, he also directed multiple plays, including “Carousel,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Peter Pan,” “Guys & Dolls,” “A Thousand Clowns,” “The Most Happy Fellow,” “Tribute,” “Pipe Dream,” “How to Succeed in Business,” “Mikado,” “Champagne General,” “Amorous Flea,” “Big River,” “45 Seconds to Broadway,” “Bert & Eddie” and “Candide.”
Presently, Mr. Johnson maintains affiliation with the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences, the Arts Council of Conejo Valley and the University of California, Los Angeles Theater Arts Alumni Association. Dedicated to raising funds for the theater world, he was a fundraiser, campaign director and chairman for the Alliance of the Arts, as well as chairman of the California Museum of Art. To add to his exceptional career, Mr. Johnson was the recipient of the first Arts Advocate Award from the Conejo Players Theater in 2015 and the Twilight Award from Gold Coast Performing Arts in 1995. He attributes his vast success to the love and encouragement of his wife, Joyce.
Reflecting on his career trajectory, Mr. Johnson is particularly proud of his involvement with the Conejo Players Theater, in which he was free to express his artistic dreams and create meaningful and long-lasting memories. He is completely indebted to the performing arts and is honored that his sons, Rick and Mark, have both found a love for the arts in their lives as well. Mr. Johnson has many mentors to thank, ranging from high school to his professional life, and hopes he has done them all proud. His advice to aspiring artists is to expose yourself to every aspect of production, including writing, producing, directing, dancing, singing and more. Once this is achieved, your path will be clear. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Johnson can also be found in the 53rd and 54th editions of Who’s Who in America, the second and third editions of Who’s Who in Entertainment and the first edition of Who’s Who in the Media and Communication.
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