Richard Hatem (born November 2, 1966) is a Lebanese-American television and film screenwriter and producer. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA). He is also a professor on staff with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), teaching a television writing class.
Hatem was born in Burbank, California and grew up in Monterey Park, California. Prior to his career in television writing and production, he was a waiter at Tony Roma's in Pasadena, California for several years. He also taught comedy traffic school for five years.
When asked when he knew he wanted to be a writer, he stated, "I thought it happened when I was in high school. But apparently I'd written and talked about being a writer since I was about five. I just don't remember it. Back then I thought I wanted to be an actor and a stand-up comedian. I've done a little of both and want to do more."
He attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Film production.
Hatem lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife and children.
In 2002, Hatem wrote and co-produced The Mothman Prophecies.
In 2003, he created the ABC/Touchstone television series Miracles. He also served as the Co-Executive Producer and Writer. In 2005, Hatem worked with Fox Broadcasting Company, serving as the Supervising Producer of six episodes of the series Tru Calling and 13 episodes of the series The Inside. He wrote "The Loneliest Number" for The Inside, and "The Last Good Day" for Tru Calling. He served as the co-executive producer of 21 episodes of CW's Supernatural from 2005–2006. He also wrote two episodes entitled "Asylum" and "Phantom Traveler".
In 2006, he was the executive producer of three episodes of the SyFy Channel mini-series The Lost Room. In 2007, he was consulting producer of the USA's The Dead Zone. He wrote two episodes of the series entitled, "Big Top" and "Exile".
In 2010, he co-created and served as executive producer and writer on the ABC television series The Gates. The series is executive-produced by Gina Matthews and written and executive-produced by Grant Scharbo and Hatem. He created an ABC Studios untitled pilot. The crew included Chris Brancato, Bert Salke, and Gary Fleder. The cast included Katee Sackhoff, Will Yun Lee, Richard T. Jones, Treat Williams, Goran Visnjic, Nia Long, Jason Wiles and Miles Williams.
In 2011, he was consulting producer for the NBC show The InBetween. He wrote episode two, "Made of Stone". He wrote 4 episodes for the NBC show Grimm from 2012–2013, 2 for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and in 2018, became a writer and producer on Titans.
In addition to writing and producing, Hatem also teaches a television writing class for the extension program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In 2017, Hatem was interviewed on the podcast Astonishing Legends, discussing his screenplay for The Mothman Prophecies.
- Chronic Image: Interview with Richard Hatem
- ABC announcement of 2010 summer schedule
- UCLA Extension: Anatomy of a Pilot
- "The Kulturecast". Spreaker. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
- "The Kolchak Tapes". Spreaker. Retrieved August 25, 2020.