Who We Are
Kathy Berardi and Walter Richardson are a producing team who began their collaboration together while both were earning their Master of Fine Arts degrees from the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. Their focus is on features, TV and online content series, producing classic narratives from new perspectives and bringing untold stories to light that empower and inspire. Kathy recently became an associate producer on the feature film streaming on HBO Max, Golden Arm. In 2021, the team produced the 5-part series, Color Lines: From Phillip to Floyd - A Podcast Exploring the American Tragedy of Race, Police Shootings & the Search for Justice. Featuring voiceover by the Emmy-winning Keith David, this limited series explores the American tragedy of race, police shootings and the search for justice. The series features firsthand accounts, insights, and perspectives from the most prominent voices in civil rights and police reform -- from U.S. Senator Cory Booker to Congresswoman Karen Bass to the Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights attorney DeWitt Lacy, activist Nupol Kiazolu and others.
In 2019, the team’s co-written feature screenplay Secrets of the South was named as an official selection of the San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition. The 2019 script also placed in the top 13 out of over 3,000 Scriptapalooza entries and was a quarter-finalist in the Finish Line Script Competition.
The team also wrote and produced several award-winning short films with budgets ranging from $2,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars with the support of well-known industry sponsors such as the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), Kodak, Technicolor and Panavision. Kathy was also a finalist for the 2007 NAACP & NBC Screenwriting Fellowship and awarded the 2008 Young and the Restless Fellowship in Television. During their tenure at UCLA, both worked in development and production support through the program’s internship programs, including for the ABC series Ugly Betty and Marc Platt Productions.
Walter and Kathy's short film, entitled Forgive Us Our Transgressions, was awarded the Silver World Medal at the 2010 New York Festival's International Television & Film Awards. The short film, a thesis project for Walter and Kathy as part of the UCLA MFA program, was also sponsored by Panavision, Kodak and Technicolor and received generous financial support from the DGA when it was awarded the distinguished Frankenheimer Fellowship. Kathy and Walter also partnered on the development of a documentary production featuring retired world champion boxer Terry Norris and his mission to protect the long-term health and lives of boxers that was highlighted in The Ring Magazine. Kathy produced writer-director Jenna Milly’s debut short film, A Peacock-Feathered Blue, which screened first at the Atlanta Film Festival and went on to become a featured selection at Austin Film Festival, The Baltimore Women's Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, DC Shorts Fest and Branchage International Film Festival in England. Kathy’s short film credits also include penning the script for the short film Stew, starring Lourdes Benedicto (ABC dramas V and The Nine, Fox’s 24).
As a parallel film producer and digital marketer, Kathy’s creative portfolio also includes work for brands such as The Weather Channel and Georgia-Pacific. In addition to film producing and directing, Walter also has two decades of experience working in financial services.