Ryan thrives on combining vibrant, beautiful imagery with emotionally charged storytelling. His career spans the worlds of film, documentaries and TV. After graduating film school, he directed his first award-winning feature-length documentary about children in Cambodia living with the HIV virus, entitled To Touch the Soul. He's spent 10 years writing and directing for some of the most successful television franchises, including America’s Got Talent and X Factor, and received his first Emmy nomination for his work on Dancing with the Stars. For American Idol's reboot on ABC, Ryan has been brought on as director to infuse the show with a new, invigorating visual style and story driven main title sequences. His love and passion for fictional storytelling drove him to write and direct two short films. His most recent film, a dark fantasy entitled Dazzle Beast, is traveling through the film festival circuit.