Bill Lawrence



Hayma ‘Screech’ Washington is the Executive Producer of the CBS television show The Amazing Race.  The Amazing Race has raised the bar for reality television across the world.

For his work, Washington has received six consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards on this adventure/ reality-TV show.  In addition, Washington received the PGA's Producers Guild Award in 2004 and has been nominated for numerous other awards throughout his career.

With this success Washington continues to create original content for television and also delve into the independent film world. Some current projects include game shows, a music performance competition, and a variety of scripted shows.

Washington was born in Columbus, Ohio.  He moved to Los Angeles and began working for a succession of small production companies.  Washington gained hands-on technical experience as a camera operator, lighting technician, stage manager, audio and tape operator.  He worked on projects ranging from music videos to interviews with President Gerald Ford to the US Festival 1983.

Washington became the senior production manager/associate producer for Don Ohlmeyer Communications Company.  Among his credits here were the 39th Annual Emmy Awards Show, The Comedy Store’s 15th Reunion, Disney’s 4th of July Spectacular,  Motown’s Christmas Special and one of the creators and producers of the MTV Video Music Awards shows, for which he was honored with four MTV Merit Awards.  Besides these productions, he also worked on sports events such as Spirit of Excellence: The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games,  featured on ESPN;  Stroh’s Circle of Sports, a USA Network Series;  and The Skins Game,  a unique match-play gold tournament featuring such golfers as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tom Watson for NBC/ ESPN. 

Later, as a freelancer, Washington worked on the First Annual ESPY’s for ESPN and The Yamaha Sound Check, for five years.  The Yamaha Sound Check marked his first directing venture and earned him an award from Yamaha.

In 1989, Washington moved on and began a 10-year stint at The Walt Disney Studios where he held the position of Vice President of production for Buena Vista  Productions.  During his tenure, he was responsible for staging and supervising remote projects for series such as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and Siskel & Ebert.  Washington oversaw all facets of production for series pilots such as Debt, an award-winning series that was on Lifetime; Win Ben Stein’s Money, which aired on Comedy Central; The John Salley Show, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, and Honey I Shrunk The Kids The TV Show, produced by John Landis.  Washington also directed presentation pilots for Buena Vista including Win Ben Stein’s Money, The List, The Girls, featuring a Waiting to Exhale-like premise.

Hayma Washington formed his own production company, Screechers Pix.  The Drive, a short film directed and produced under his own banner, was selected by the Black American Cinema Society (BACS) to be screened at their prestigious Los Angeles showcase.  Washington was the third place winner. Washington also directed Paula Abdul in a short film The Cookie Thief that aired on PAXNET as part of the Christmas special Chicken Soup for the Soul.

For the future, the company is working to expand into distribution of television shows and formats, along with independent film, into foreign markets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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