|Name David Roma|
Parents Frank Roma
|Role Television producer|
Ex-spouse Bianca White
|Movies Karma, Confessions and Holi, Female American Rap Stars|
Similar People Manish Gupta, Drena De Niro, Sameer, Vishal Bhardwaj, Moby
David Roma is a television producer, filmmaker, musician and activist, born in 1974. The son of 1950s and 1960s Capitol Records recording artist Frank Roma and grandson of a classical pianist, David spent his early years until the age of 21 developing a career as a concert pianist before leaving his pursuit in 1996 to become a writer, producer and director of films and television shows. David has performed live around the world and has produced beats for members of the Wu-Tang Clan and composed the music for many of his TV shows.
After attending the Juilliard School, he worked with videographer Don Munroe, who directed Andy Warhol's 15 Minutes, and other multi-media projects that were spawned from The Factory. Roma has gone on to become a producer and key creative force behind several global TV franchises and has worked with various networks and studios, including FX (TV network), E!, Fuse TV, Discovery Channel, TLC (TV channel), VH1, Independent Film Channel and HBO to name a few.
After two of his pit bulls jumped from the roof of a building he was inspired to produce a documentary, Off The Chain, that exposes the world of dog fighting. The documentary was part of a supreme court hearing where Justice Sonia Sotomayor debated the legality of the film's violent imagery. It was decided in the Supreme Court that if the filmmakers intent is for awareness or education, it is legal. David's first feature was a Bollywood/Hollywood crossover film in a partnership with Sa Re Ga Ma, a century-old Indian media giant, entitled Karma, Confessions, and Holi. During 2006 and 2007, he directed the pilot and first season of Miami Ink which went on to shoot over 100 episodes and had several spin-off. Roma is also the co-creator and executive producer for Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, a reality sitcom about the infamous rapper and his family life which aired on E!. The show was a co-production between Roma and E! studios.
In late 2009, David worked with director Josh Fox to produce a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary Gasland. The film was accepted into competition in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won the coveted Special Jury Prize. In 2011, the film won an Emmy as well as being nominated for an Oscar for the 2011 Academy Awards.
In 2011, Roma launched a production company under the name "The Roma Creative Group". RCG shortly thereafter signed a development deal with Ben Silverman's production company Electus.