Richard Zampella

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Richard Zampella
Richard C. Zampella

(1966-03-30) March 30, 1966 (age 57)
OccupationFilm Producer
Years active2006–present

Richard Zampella is an American film and multimedia producer who has collaborated with John Mulholland on three documentary films including Sergeant York of God & Country (Warner Home Video, narrated by Liam Neeson), Inside High Noon (Lions Gate Entertainment, narrated by Frank Langella) and Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen, narrated by Sam Waterston. Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen was reviewed by The New York Times film critic Andy Webster on October 11, 2013, and was named an NY Times Critics' Pick[1] by Manohla Dargis, A. O. Scott and Stephen Holden. Webster said the picture was proof that the work of these two men "endures and so does what they stood for".[2]

Zampella produced the 110th anniversary birthday celebration of jazz legend Duke Ellington in conjunction with the Mayor's Office of New York City[3] and the MTA when Mayor Michael Bloomberg designated "Duke Ellington Day"[4] to celebrate the anniversary of the jazz legend's birth.

On September 11, 2015, Zampella received an Editor's Pick from CNN[5] for his report/photo essay on the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack.

Zampella was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, and resides in New York City.


Richard Zampella began his collaboration with director John Mulholland as his producing partner in 2006 and has served as producer for the following John Mulholland films.

Zampella & Mulholland's most recent documentary Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen, narrated by Sam Waterston, Len Cariou as Ernest Hemingway.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Zampella & Mulholland began work in February 2015 on a documentary entitled Elmore Leonard: The Dickens of Detroit [14] on author Elmore Leonard. The documentary film explores how Leonard started, why he wrote what he did and how he arrived at his lean, terse, minimalist trademark.[15]

ICONS Radio Hour[edit]

Zampella served as Producer of a radio podcast show, ICONS Radio Hour, for four years, from 2007 to 2010. He produced interviews with both current Hollywood artists and those with first-hand knowledge of the Classic Hollywood era. Zampella hired author and film historian Meir Z. Ribalow to co-host the podcast with Mulholland.[16]


Richard Zampella is the owner & operator of Idylease Inn, a former resort hotel located in Newfoundland, which is a historically significant example of early 20th century resort architecture in Northwest, New Jersey.


  1. ^ "Coop and Papa, Manning Up in Good Times and Bad NY Times Critics Pic".
  2. ^ "IMDb Critic Review Highlights: NY Times".
  3. ^ "Taking Subway Directions, Literally, From a Song of the City: NY Times".
  4. ^ "Richard Zampella introduces Duke Ellington Day - Named by Michael Bloomberg in the City of New York".
  5. ^ "Richard Zampella iReport Receives Editors Pick from CNN".
  6. ^ "American Society of Cinematographers review, Inside High Noon".
  7. ^ Birdwell, Michael (2000). Celluloid Soldiers The Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism, NYU Press, NYC, NY. ISBN 9780814798713
  8. ^ "Mariel Hemingway Introduces John Mulholland & Richard Zampella at the Sedona International Film Festival".
  9. ^ "NY Times Review".
  10. ^ "True Gen review, James Van Maanen".
  11. ^ "Photo Gallery: Mulholland/Zampella True Gen On-Camera Participants".
  12. ^ "Mulholland, Zampella and Patrick Hemingway JFK Library Boston".
  13. ^ McFarland, Ron (2014). Appropriating Hemingway: Using Him As A Fictional Figure, p 188. McFarland Books, Jefferson, NC. ISBN 978-0-7864-7977-1.
  14. ^ "John Mulholland & Richard Zampella Filming Elmore Leonard Documentary Interviews in Detroit".
  15. ^ "Elmore Leonard: The Dickens of Detroit".
  16. ^ "ICONS Radio Hour". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015.

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