Richard ‘Pardy’ Forbes

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Richard Forbes entered the video production industry as its inception in Jamaica during the early 1980s. What started as a hobby for this tech-enthusiast grew into a full-fledged, full-time business, incorporated as Phase Three Productions Ltd. in 1984. In short order the company was providing services for three weekly shows on the national free-to-air TV station, JBC TV. These shows included the highly acclaimed magazine programme, Trails.

A man known for his vision and passion supported by dedication and hard work, Forbes was able to sufficiently impress the state-owned Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) with Phase Three’s speed and efficiently at setting up and covering multi-camera broadcasts. He did this by running extensive time and motion studies and learning the most efficient way to set-up and be ready for live broadcasts.

The foregoing led the JBC to contract out its live outside broadcast (OB) events to Phase Three when for well over one year that station’s OB Unit was out of service. This allowed Forbes to hone his technical engineering skills and Phase Three to establish its dominance in this area of television production. The company has a rich history of covering visits of dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela (on his release from jail and before he became President of South Africa), US President Reagan, President Castro of Cuba and many others.

Trained in Human Resource Management at what was then the College of Art, Science and Technology, now the University of Technology, Forbes knows how to get on with people. He is well-known, admired and respected throughout the television industry and affectionately called ‘Pardy’ by those who know him. Struck by blindness in 1997 as a result of his long-standing diabetes, he did not let this stop him.

In 2004 Richard Forbes received a ‘Doctor Bird Award’ for ‘significant contribution… to the development of the Jamaican Film and Television Industry. In 2012 he was recognized by the Old Boys’ Association of his alma mater, Kingston College, for “outstanding contribution to Kingston College and the Association”.

Richard ‘Pardy’ Forbes loves long drives to the country and spending time with family and friends. A music aficionado and Manager of the Band Mystic Revelation of Rastafari that existed in the 1960s/1970s, he enjoys a wide variety of music, including Reggae.