Richard Hatem (born November 2, 1966) is an American television and film screenwriter and producer. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA). He is also a professor on staff with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), teaching a television writing class.
Hatem was born in Burbank, California and grew up in Monterey Park, California. Prior to his career in television writing and production, he was a waiter at Tony Roma's in Pasadena, California for several years. He also taught comedy traffic school for five years.
When asked when he knew he wanted to be a writer, he stated, "I thought it happened when I was in high school. But apparently I'd written and talked about being a writer since I was about five. I just don't remember it. Back then I thought I wanted to be an actor and a stand-up comedian. I've done a little of both and want to do more."
He attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Film production.
Hatem lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife and children.
In 2002, Hatem wrote and co-produced The Mothman Prophecies.
Hatem is a television writer and producer.
In 2005, Hatem worked with Fox Broadcasting Company, serving as the Supervising Producer of six episodes of the series Tru Calling and 13 episodes of the series The Inside. He wrote "The Loneliest Number" for The Inside, and "The Last Good Day" for Tru Calling.
In 2010, he co-created and served as executive producer and writer on the ABC television series The Gates. The series is executive-produced by Gina Matthews and written and executive-produced by Grant Scharbo and Hatem.
In 2010, he created an ABC Studios untitled pilot. The crew included Chris Brancato, Bert Salke, and Gary Fleder. The cast included Katee Sackhoff, Will Yun Lee, Richard T. Jones, Treat Williams, Goran Visnjic, Nia Long, Jason Wiles and Miles Williams.
In addition to writing and producing, Hatem also teaches a television writing class for the extension program at the University of California, Los Angeles.