Rudy Poe began his career by earning both a B.F.A in Design from the California College of the Arts and an M.F.A. from the Department of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Upon graduation from UCLA, Mr. Poe’s first notable professional position was Research Supervisor and Assistant Director on the Emmy-award winning mini-series MGM: When the Lion Roars.
In 1991, Mr. Poe joined the sports-oriented advertising agency Creative Impact. In his capacity as Creative Director, Mr. Poe served as in-house producer, director and writer for the agency’s print and television productions.
Two years later, Mr. Poe served as Line Producer and Post Supervisor for the feature documentary, In Search of Dr. Seuss (starring Robin Williams, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crystal) which ultimately garnered seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 1995.
Mr. Poe then formed Eleventh Day Entertainment with producer/director Frank Martin. Since its inception, Eleventh Day has been an Award winning and critically acclaimed, multi-faceted production company having produced numerous corporate, commercial, government and interactive productions as well as over 100 hours of primetime network and cable broadcast programs. Among them are the two-hour Tiffany Network special, CBS: The First Fifty Years, the six-part documentary series hosted by Raquel Welch, Sex, Censorship & the Silver Screen and the one-hour TBS special hosted by Billy Crystal, Warner Bros: 75 Years of Laughter.
In 2005, Mr. Poe directed the Emmy Award winning feature length documentary film entitled, Mr. K.. Hosted by Academy award-winning actor Chris Cooper, and featuring an on-camera introduction by President George W. Bush, this biographical film tells the inspirational story of self-made billionaire, Kansas City Royals owner and entrepreneurial philanthropist, Ewing Kauffman.
Eleventh Day is currently producing For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots. Hosted by Academy Award Winner, Halle Berry and introduced by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, this four-hour film acknowledges the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women from the Revolutionary War until the present day.
Additionally, Mr. Poe has an increasing interest in education as it relates to creativity, innovation and media literacy and has been working with Stanford University and now the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Foundation on “imagine it!”, an international, open-source media project which focuses on the grand challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.