Who We Are

We’re story tellers with a passion to create compelling and engaging films, commercials, television, and branded content that make people feel! Our roster consists of award-winning directors, cinematographers, editors and many other equally cool people. We support and encourage these creative anomalies with a highly experienced management team committed to excellence. Everything we do is about partnerships and collaboration, built on a foundation of trust to tell our client’s story. Success for us has always meant having the opportunity to trail-blaze with some of the industry’s most creative and out of the box thinkers.

“Left-Handers are not different because they are unique; They are unique because they are different.” ~Southpaw

Our Beginnings

Southpaw Productions was founded in 2001 by Emmy® winning director / executive producer, Mark A. Ritchie. As a leading storyteller and visual artist, Mark has brought his unique creative vision to a vast array of content – from collaborating with Beyoncé on the massively successful Grammy® winning special Homecoming (as well as directing Beyonce and Jay Z’s entire global OTRII tour) to critically acclaimed primetime television and Netflix specials (Emmy® winning Oprah Presents: When They See Us Now, David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction) to mass amounts of jaw-dropping commercial content. In addition, Mark has directed fashion campaigns for luminaries of the New York Fashion industry including Cartier, Ralph Lauren (with Janelle Monáe + Chance the Rapper), H&M (Alexander Wang + Balmain) and Kanye West’s YEEZY Seasons 1, 2 and 3 live from Madison Square Garden. As if that wasn’t enough name dropping, Mark was also the live director for Madonna’s MDNA concert film, Miley Cyrus at Glastonbury, and European festival tour, Katy Perry, Tiësto, Steve Aoki at Tomorrowland and Sir Elton John’s only performance for 2020. With an eye fixed firmly on execution and innovation, Mark Ritchie remains a consummate creator and storyteller, transitioning seamlessly from large, live multi-cam productions to emotionally engaging, single-camera narratives.