Thomas Rigler


Rigler Creative was founded with the romantic notion and fierce intent of creating transformative experiences across multiple platforms through the power of storytelling.

An Emmy-award-nominated producer, director, new media executive and entrepreneur, Thomas serves as Executive Producer on Rigler Creative’s numerous productions, including the innovative television series City Walk on KCET/LinkTV and soon to come to PBS. City Walk was nominated for an Emmy-award for its second season in 2015.

Thomas spent his childhood playing outdoors in the foothills of the Alps where he discovered the magic of our interconnected, story-driven universe. After a life-altering experience writing and producing for the stage, film school beckoned and joining the circus became inevitable.

Thomas initiated and executive produced the award winning viral PSA “The West Wing Reunion” with Funny or Die that reached over 750,000 viewers in five days; the Babelgum Original web series “Sex and the Austen Girl,” based on the best selling series of Jane Austen Addict novels; and Every Body Walk!, an award winning multi-platform campaign for the Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation to inspire Americans back on their feet.

He held executive positions at E! Networks, Comcast Entertainment Group and the innovative communications start-up For Style and E! Thomas oversaw the launch of an array of global broadband, video-on demand and mobile networks while at the same time executive producing hundreds of hours of original programming. He also produced and directed primetime programing for the Food Network, Fine Living, CNET, ZDF, Arte, ORF, Pro7 and 3SAT.

Thomas is the curator and co-founder of Digital Hollywood’s Content Summit, an event gathering the brightest and most innovative minds in the trans-media and cross platform world in New York City and Los Angeles. For the 50th anniversary of the New York Film Festival, the Content Summit was invited to curate two breakout panels at Lincoln Center.

Thomas studied writing and directing at Austria’s prestigious Film Academy Vienna and was twice selected to be part of the six month prototype development program at the American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab. He served as Vice President of the International Documentary Association and is currently a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.