Robert J. Emery
Twitter: @bobemery –
Current member of:
The Directors Guild of America
The Alliance of Independent Authors
Over his four-decade career, Robert J. Emery has written, produced, and directed projects ranging from local and national television commercials, corporate communications films, network television documentaries, as well as writing and directing feature motion pictures.
Mr. Emery’s interest in production and all things entertainment began in the Air Force branch of Armed Forces Radio and Television. Upon his discharge, he became an air disc jockey and news reporter at WCLW Radio Mansfield, Ohio. Upon moving to Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Emery opened an advertising agency, which led to writing and directing TV commercials. He created and directed a daily one-hour morning talk show hosted by former Miss USA Diana Batts and TV personality Carl Day. In 1965 he wrote and directed his first feature film titled The Bittersweet Night followed by Dare the Devil, Willy & Scratch, Scream Bloody Murder, Sign of Aquarius, Ride in a Pink Car, The Florida Connection, and his last, Swimming Upstream for the Lifetime Television Movie Channel. The film was awarded the Sapphire Halo Award for Best Dramatic Motion Picture at the Los Angeles Angel City Film Festival.
Mr. Emery’s television productions as writer, producer, and director include the MSNBC primetime documentary “For God & Country: A Marine Snipers story,” hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt, which won the National Headliner Award for Best Documentary or Series of Reports and the Special Jury Award in the informational category of the Professional News Division, (CINE Golden Eagle Competitions). The 91 one-hour episodes of the TV series The Directors, for Starz/Encore, followed by reruns on the Reels Channel. The series was also broadcast in over 75 countries around the world. The Directors won the Silver Plague Award in the 2002 Chicago International Television Competition and the Award of Excellence 2003 Accolade Awards. The episode featuring George Lucas won First Place at Florida Motion Picture & Television Association Awards for best television series episode. Then came the four-hour PBS mini-series The Genocide Factor, hosted by Academy Award© winner Jon Voight. Foreign broadcast rights went to History Channel International. The production won the Houston International Worldfest Gold Special Jury Award for Best Television & Cable TV Series/Documentary. He produced and directed KidHealth,” a 13-episode PBS series on children’s healthcare in America hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming. Produced and directed Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs, the history of Western Cinema for Starz/Encore Western Channel.
For his numerous productions for Shriners Hospital for Children, Mr. Emery received top honors at the New York Film Festival nine years in a row.
In 2006 he retired from active production and began work on his first novel, In the Realm of Eden, published in January 2010. The novel was selected as one of the top five finalists by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Competition. Mr. Emery is the author of four non-fiction books based on his television series The Directors. His two other novels are the science fiction thriller The Autopsy of Planet Earth, and the suspense thriller Midnight Black, which together have garnered him nine book awards.
Mr. Emery was born and raised in Bristol, Rhode Island. He currently resides with his wife in Florida. When not writing or working on a project around the house, Mr. Emery spends time in the kitchen fixing great Italian meals thanks to the teachings of his Italian mother, and the delight of his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends.