Golden Pepper Productions, Inc. began telling stories in 2008 from its hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Founder, Paul Ricciardi, had been working for years in television news and as a freelance videographer when he became eager to create videos in his own, unique way. He had always enjoyed being a part of the entire production process, so by starting his own business he would be able to work alongside clients on every project from conception to distribution.
Paul is a Film & Video graduate of Penn State University. During his time at Penn State he learned basic video production skills that helped form the foundation upon which all future projects were built – including his first documentary Moving Forward…Holding On, produced his senior year of college. After college, those skills were enhanced by working in television news, being responsible for shooting and editing several stories every day to be aired on the evening broadcast. Later work as a freelancer enabled Paul to be a part of producing, shooting, and editing television shows and commercials – providing a different experience within the world of video production. During this time he was presented with the Award of Excellence from The Videographer Awards.
After forming Golden Pepper Productions, Paul expanded more into corporate videos and documentaries. His World War II documentary A Lasting War was featured in the Southside Film Festival and shown at local museums and colleges as part of Veterans Day celebrations. His follow-up documentary, There’s a Cow in my Backyard, shared the story of a 225-year old family farm and its role in the local community. His work on the OraQuick In-Home HIV test has been shown on broadcast affiliates across the country and included in several multi-media campaigns. Other videos are included on the homepage of international candy company Just Born Quality Confections, as well as social media sites and campaigns for St. Luke’s University Hospital and Easton Hospital.
On a personal side, Paul was recognized by Lehigh Valley Business as one of the 40 Under 40 – an honor presented to future leaders of the Lehigh Valley region in Pennsylvania. He is also an active volunteer with the local chamber of commerce and several non-profit boards.