Television Director


Hans van Riet is an award winning television director with nearly three decades of experience that is as wide ranging as the markets in which he has directed. Hans started his career in the Netherlands during the birth of reality programming. It was in those early days working for Endemol that Hans made many television formats into international successes. Working in the rich diverse culture of the Netherlands helped shape his unique approaches to common formats. It is that background that was inspirational in the style of directing and work ethic that drives Hans’ success here in the states.

Hans is not afraid of taking risks and uses his out of the box thinking and expertise in cutting edge technology to direct live, 3D, game shows, award shows, music, variety, talk and unscripted competition formats. Working with very constrained budgets in Europe trained him to come up with cost effective solutions and work under tight deadlines.

Besides Dutch television awards, Hans directed the International Emmy winning Liberg zappt, and has as a Rose d'Or nomination for the Dutch series All You Need is Love. He also has ACE Eddie and Emmy nominations for his editing work stateside.

Hans van Riet in control room
Hans van Riet in control room.



Hans’ experience in unscripted reality ranges from massive productions like the long running CBS hit show The Amazing Race for which Hans directed the inaugural season to live cable network productions like Opposite Worlds.

Hans van Riet (L), Luke Tipple (M) and Curtis Colden (R) at the 'Opposite Worlds' house.
Hans van Riet, Luke Tipple and Curtis Colden at Opposite Worlds.

Game Shows

Whether it's the fast paced, shot in real time, 20 camera game show Cha$e for Syfy Channel or the outrageously funny and irreverent Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show for TBS, Hans’ game show expertise allows for endless possibilities, ideas and creativity.

Bam Magera and friends
Bam Magera and friends on the BBAGS set.

Concerts & Specials

From the first ever 3D live broadcast of the New Year’s Day family favorite, the Tournament of Roses Parade to world renowned superstars like Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie, Julio Iglesias, and The Gipsy Kings, Hans has directed a wide variety of concerts and specials.

Tori Kelly unplugged in'3x5 Live
Tori Kelly unplugged in 3x5 Live.