Red Varden Studios was founded by Zig Gauthier, building on his 20 years of experience in Hollywood. 

During this time, he has gained experience as a network executive, studio executive, freelance producer, collaborator, career-building expert and entrepreneur.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from UCLA in Political Science and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, he began is career at Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment.  He later worked as a development executive at Fox TV Studios, before moving on to the network side as Co-head of Alternative Programming/VP at NBC Universal’s Syfy Channel.  Later, he held original programming VP roles at Fox Cable Networks/Fox Sports Net and the Game Show Network.  Cumulatively, he has developed, produced and/or overseen scripted television, non-scripted television, digital content, films, commercials and other unique content-driven projects. 

After a storied career as a television executive, Gauthier later transitioned to work as a producer on such shows as Dancing With The Stars, Big Brother, Exposed With Deborah Norville, Top Shot, Auction Hunters, Ghost Hunters, Marriage Boot Camp, American Grit, Catch A Contractor, Hollywood Medium, Venom Hunters, Tattoo Rescue, Utopia, R&B Divas Los Angeles and more.  His digital experience includes work as a Producer for Big Brother 18 All Access (digital version), Digital Producer for WEtv’s Marriage Boot Camp seasons 8 and 9, as a Consultant/EP for Amazon Studios, and more. 

In addition to his work experience, Gauthier has also been a champion of diversity issues (socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, religious, etc.) and mentoring.  He is a former Board Member of the Newscorp. Diversity Advisory Board and a Diversity Committee Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Gauthier has been committed for years helping individuals advance professionally in entertainment.  He has supervised and managed directly approximately 700 interns from more than 15 different countries.  He has been a featured speaker at NATPE, the WGA Non-Fiction Entertainment Panel, the South Korean International Animation Festival, Media Xchange, UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies Program, and numerous colleges.

If you would like to get in touch with Zig and his team, please fill out the contact form here.