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Kort Waddell

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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.”

Kort Waddell  -  909 772-7466

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

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