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 created several TV franchises and as well as award winning films for various networks and studios, including FX (TV network), E!, Fuse TV, Discovery Channel, TLC (TV channel), VH1 and the Independent Film Channel, 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 become a global franchise as well as the acclaimed series 30 Days starring Morgan Spurlock for FX. 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 David's production company and E! studios.
In late 2009, David worked with director Josh Fox to produce a 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 2010, Roma launched a documentary production company under the name "The Movement". In that same year, his companies signed a development deal with Ben Silverman's new distribution company Electus. The partnership resulted in one show produced for Nat Geo that didn't make it to air. His first child, son, Hudson Roma was also born on September 12 of 2010.
In 2011, Roma produced and directed a feature documentary entitled, Cowboys & Indians about the Hoka Hey. The Hoka Hey is a Native American vision quest that's purpose is to bring awareness for the conditions that the Sioux Indians have been living in for over a century, especially the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The project is currently in still in post-production due to legal problems. Also in 2011, Roma Co-produced New York Ink, possibly the last spin-off of the Ink brand that he had a hand in creating.
Roma's recent projects is a new TV series he produced for the History Channel, Biker Battleground Phoenix, that premiered in July 2014. He is currently also working on a new feature documentary about the social and political implications of Los Angeles's Skid Row, in light of the new influx of money throughout downtown called "Where We Gonna Go".
2002 Bridge and Tunnel (Writer & Director)
2002 American Rap Stars (Executive Producer)
2004 Biker Buildoff (Writer, Producer, & Director)
2004 Rocked with Gina Gershon (Director)
2005 Female American Rap Stars (Producer & Director)
2005 Miami Ink TV (Producer & Director)
2006 Off the Chain (Producer)
2007 Karma Confessions and Holi (Producer & Co-Director)
2007 Hogan Knows Best TV (Series Producer & Director)
2007 Dirt Demons TV:Crusty Demons (Executive Producer)
2008 Street Hunters (Executive Producer & Director)
2008 Snoop Dogg's Father Hood TV (Executive Producer)
2008 30 Days TV (Producer)
2009 King Of Clubs TV Executive Producer
2010 Gasland (Co-Producer)
2010 Peep Show Revealed (Director)
2011 Selling New York (Director)
2011 NY Ink (Co-Producer)
2012 Indians & Cowboys (Writer, Producer, Director)
2014 Biker Battleground Phoenix (Supervising Producer)
The Girls Attractive - Diamond Nights
Mi Corazon - Fun Lovin Criminals
2005 "Love is Love", (P Sunn). Wutang. - Keyboards
2005 "Off The Chain" (Sunzini). Sunzini of Man. - Keyboards
1988 "I Wanna Love" (Frank Roma) composer