Restless Natives Productions
Kort Waddell – with 42 years of broadcast experience..
Kort is a 2 time National Emmy Award winner, 9 time Emmy nominated for his visionary work on Dateline and NBC News. As well as being an entertainment oriented producer, director (DGA), including being director of photography. His credits cover a wide spectrum of news, documentary, sports and entertainment.
Whether it’s shooting on location or in a studio; in and around Los Angeles, or half way around the world; Kort Waddell and RNP is a full service production provider with limitless resources to make your network’s production dreams become reality.
Throughout the years networks, cable entities and independent production companies have come to Kort and RNP with their projects. Producing, Directing and shooting television. From undercover assignments with Dateline NBC, to uncovering the beauty of the Miss Universe pageants.
Kort is also a producer/director and has the eye/hand coordination that The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences richly awarded for his camera work on the MSNBC production "100 Days 1000 Voices", a cross country motor home trip that got up close a personal with voters leading up to the 2000 elections and for Dateline NBC on the North Hollywood shootout.
Kort's center producing effort, “The Game behind the Games, hosted by NBC News’ Keith Morrison, was a 1-hour special, looking at the preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, which earned a Telly Award, The Communicator Award and An Aegis Award.
Most recently Kort was Director of Photography on the 2022 theatrical released documentary "Truelove - the Film" a journey of a young girl with Williams Syndrome as she meets other with WS and brings attention to the disorder. Winning several film festival awards.
In 2013 Kort along with Bonnie Brennan, produced the series "Fanatics" for REELZ Channel, spotlighting movie memorabilia collections of crazed fans.
For WTTW / PBS in 2007 Kort also produced/directed “David Broza at Masada”, a behind the scenes making of a sunrise concert near the Dead Sea in Israel for PBS.
In 2006, Kort and Bonnie co-produced and undertook the demanding challenge of producing and capturing the cross country automobile event “The Great Race,” (synonymous with the Motion picture of the same name) a 14 day trek as 130 vintage automobiles crossed the nation.
In 2003 he produced, directed and photographed “The Next Destination”, a joint venture with Travel+Leisure Magazine and CNBC, also winning the Communicator and Aegis Awards
With a long career of hard news, news magazine, sports, entertainment, documentaries and reality shows. Kort Waddell has been at the forefront of creating new looks and capturing life as it happens. Kort and RNP, brings their many talents under one roof. From pre-production, thru post production, Kort and his team can deliver all your production needs.
“To have the multi faceted talents of a producer, director, DP and operator in one person you can trust to deliver your product, makes good sense.”
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Producer - Director DGA - DP - Videographer
Docu. “David Broza at Masada Hour PBS 2007
Docu. “The Great Race” Hour Outdoor Ch. 2006
Ent. “9 on the Town” Series KCAL 2005-06
Docu. “The Next Destination” Hour CNBC 2003
Docu. “The Game Behind the Games” Hour MSNBC 2002
Ent. "Fan Attics" Series REELZ 2013
Reality “All Access Sturgis” Series Travel Ch. 2005
Ent. “Star Search” (segment) Series CBS 2003
Ent. “Miss Universe/USA/Teen USA (seg) Special CBS 1998-00
Ent. “Miracles” Series Syndicated 1999
Reality “Beach Patrol” (seg) Series Syndicated 1998
Ent. “Very Odd Jobs” Pilot 1997
Ent. “Access All Areas” Pilot 1995
DP / Camera operator 1981 – Present
News Magazine Sports
Dateline NBC Real Life w/ Jane Pauly NBC Sports
NBC Nightly News Expose’ NBC ABC Sports
Today Show First Person w/ Maria Shriver Amazing Games - ESPN
ABC Primetime ABC NEWS Nightline MTV Sports
20/20 ABC World News Tonight Speedvision
CNN Newsstand Farrah’s Story - NBC Fox Sports
NOW w/Bill Moyers PBS
Entertainment / Reality
Gimmie My Reality Show - Fox reality GM National Driving Test -ABC 1 & 2
The Next Elvira - Fox Reality Queen Beauty Pageant 2018
The Tonight Show –Johnny Carson The Other Half- NBC
National Geographic Explorer Love on the Rocks – Disc. Health
Battle Bots - Comedy Central Merge - Lifetime
WWII in Color - History Channel Head to Toe - Style
Farewell to Friends Special - NBC Prod. Mega Tech - Discovery
Siegfried and Roy Miracles - NBC Prod. Ruby Wax show - HBO
Will & Grace Finale Special - NBC Prod. "A Soviet Union” - We
America’s Got Talent - NBC Prod. Moorpark 365 – Animal Planet
Victoria’s Secret Special - VH1 Bodog Fight - ION
Gimmie My Reality Show - Fox Reality Love on the Rocks - Oxgn
Re-inventing Bonaduce - Fox Reality Trigger Happy TV – Com. Central
Death by Natural Causes - Nat Geo Bizarre Foods w/ Andrew Zimmerman
Sold - The History Channel Fan Attics - REELZ Channel
Fast Foods Gone Global - Travel Ch. Street Eats - Travel Channel
La Gran Supressa - Telemundo Unbelievable Sports - ESPN
The Horsemen Cometh -Streaming Dodgers Stories - PBS
Johnathan Antoine - PBS Yanni Voices Live - PBS
David Foster - PBS The Musicians Green Book - PBS Mikey Likes It - YouTube LimoMasters - NatGeo Mundo La Gran Sorpresa - Univision
Fred Willards American Festivals - Trvl Ch American Spring Live -PBS
Awards National News Emmy’s 1997 and 2001
Local News Emmy 2006
Telly Award 2002, 2003, 2008 & 2009
Aegis Award 2002 and 2004