Michael Riley
Creative Director

Michael Riley is the Creative Director at Shine. Riley was born in Palo Alto, California and studied design at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been directing and designing film and television title sequences, theatrical trailers, television commercials and identity packages since 1991. His first experience experimenting with film title design was at an internship under Tibor Kalman at M and Co. in New York. When he saw Mr. Kalman use typography as a thoughtful, conceptual, and expressive element in a Talking Heads music video, he realized the possibilities of mixing design with film. In 1991, Riley began working at R/Greenberg Associates in New York. In 1996 Riley became creative director and partner at Imaginary Forces in Hollywood.

In 2005 he opened Shine, where he leads a team designing film and television main title sequences, commercials, content for film, and branding identity packages. Riley has received numerous design honors, including a Gold Medal from the D&AD, the British Design and Art Directors Association and six primetime Emmy nominations. Riley is a member of the Directors Guild of America in the Commercial Director category, and also a member of the executive committee under the Motion & Title Design peer group at the Television Academy.

 


Bob Swensen
Executive Producer

Bob Swensen is the Executive Producer at Shine. His extensive experience integrating design, digital production and live action includes hundreds of corporate identity, network branding, film title, visual effects sequence and commercial projects. Over the course of 15 years, Bob has been Head of Production for RGA Digital Studios in New York, and Executive Producer for Warner Digital Studios, Imaginary Forces and Trollback and Company in Los Angeles.

Bob has executive produced sequences for films and TV such as Sidney Lumet’s, Night Falls on Manhattan, Brian De Palma’s Bonfire of the Vanities, Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2, Too Big to Fail, Modern Family and Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. Also, he has executive produced the branding and design for the launch of the Fox Reality network and the re-launch of Lifetime, TNT, AMC, and Sundance Channel’s DocDay. Other clients have included Reebok, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Shell, Michelin, Intel, Taco Bell, Nickelodeon, Budweiser, Gap, Lands End, Sony Bravia, Qwest, Showtime, TCM and HBO. Awards for projects that Bob has Executive Produced include The Cannes Gold Lion, A.I.C.P. highlight and he has received four primetime Emmy nominations. Bob is a graduate of Film Studies at New York University.