Writer-director for your eyes & ears.
Jared Rivet has been making movies his entire life. Growing up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the fishing town that served as the setting for Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, Jared drew his early inspiration from both literary and filmic monsters; his favorite childhood films were Creepshow, Jaws, and Star Wars. From a young age, Jared wrote stories and made home movies with schoolyard friends. In high school, he joined the award-winning New Bedford High School Drama Club and played a number of high profile roles, including the role of Victor Frankenstein in their production of Frankenstein. A budding screenwriter, Jared immersed himself in every aspect of the film industry, from acting to writing to directing, and even began a decade-long correspondence with legendary film composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose work, to this day, sets the tone for much of Jared’s writing.
Today, Jared is a screenwriter, producer, director, author, actor, and voice actor. He wrote the screenplay for the Kevin Greutert-directed feature film Jackals starring Stephen Dorff (released by Scream Factory in 2017).
Since 2014, he has written, directed and acted in multiple episodes of Earbud Theater, an award-winning audio drama anthology podcast series specializing in horror and science fiction. In 2016, he received an Audio Verse Award nomination for his performance in the Earbud Theater episode "On the Line," which he also wrote and directed. His 2016 Earbud Theater episode "Are You Sleeping?" was one of the subjects discussed in the published academic paper, “Put On Your Headphones And Turn Out The Lights: Exploring Immersive Auditory Horror in 3D-Sound Podcasting” by Danielle Hancock (University of East Anglia).
Jared served as a guest lecturer at the Drexel University Great Works Symposium’s “Zom Con” in 2015; contributed an essay to the 2018 collection My Favorite Horror Movie; and he has co-hosted the monthly trivia event “Dead Right Horror Trivia” with Dr. Rebekah McKendry since 2015.
In September 2018, Jared served as an instructor at the first-ever class of the Los Angeles branch of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, moderating a career-spanning discussion with renowned indie-horror filmmaker, Don Coscarelli.
Jared was as a staff writer for the 2019 event series revival of Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? as well as Syfy Channel’s TV series based on George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead (2021). He has also written episodes of the upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? podcast series for Nickelodeon.