Starting with a newspaper internship at the Johnstown Tribune Democrat during the summer of 1970, Randy then signed on with WJAC-TV as a television news cinematographer the day after high school graduation in 1971. Two years later, he headed out West spending 13 years in Phoenix, Arizona, working first for KPHO-TV then jumping stations over to KPNX-TV, the NBC affiliate. Garnering two Emmy nominations and numerous press club awards, Randy’s career was moving along a path headed for the top of his field.
On the morning of April 23rd 1986, Randy read his horoscope out loud to his wife at breakfast: “What seemed a “no exit” proposition will be brighter. You will have more love and money as result. Get ready for new start. Display pioneering spirit. Maybe the network is going to call me today,” he said to his wife and then left for the office. As he walked into the newsroom an hour later the receptionist handed him a phone message: NBC News was calling to offer him a job!
Randy was now part of an elite group of photographers. Traveling around the country for NBC News, he covered all the major events of the day. From the Voyager’s non-stop flight around the globe, to climbing Mt. Whitney with 90-year-old Hulda Crooks, Randy saw it all first hand. His career as a television news cameraman gave him an unparalleled view of the world. Along the way he got to meet and photograph thousands of interesting people from physicist Stephen Hawking, to a river dredge boat captain on an Arizona canal, every one of them had a fascinating story to tell. His career in photojournalism gave Randy an education unlike any other.
By the time the 90’s rolled around, tabloid news was creeping into mainstream journalism and it was time for change. Hollywood was calling and Randy Rogers Productions was formed to provide his camera services on commercials, music videos, documentaries, comedy shows and serial television. In 1991, Randy incorporated under the name Telefilm, Inc. and started focusing more on the making of the movies for all the major studios. Batman Forever, League of Their Own, Demolition Man, Disclosure and The Fugitive are just a few of the dozens of motion pictures he shot behind the scenes on.
In 1993, Telefilm began producing press junkets for the motion picture industry. Their clients have included Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, Sony, Dreamworks, MGM and Lionsgate. To date, Telefilm has done the promotions on over 500 movies continuing to be a part of the biggest marketing campaigns in Hollywood.