Ben Raphael Sher is VP of Development at X-G Productions. He helped create and develop the recent CBS documentary series "The Case of JonBenét Ramsey." Before coming to X-G, Sher received his PhD in Film, Television, and Digital Media from UCLA, where he specialized in media audiences. He has taught courses in film, TV, and digital media at UCLA since 2008, and won the University's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. His award winning research appears in the books "From Madea to Mogul: Critical Perspectives on Tyler Perry," edited by Karen Bowdre, TreaAndrea Russworm, and Samantha N. Sheppard (University Press of Mississippi) and "The Cinema of Rob Zombie: The Social and Political Philosophy of Horror," edited by Brian Santana (Open Court Publishing Company).
For over a decade, Sher has worked as a film critic and entertainment journalist. His writing appeared in various publications, including "Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide," "Back Stage," and "Fangoria," and on the websites for SyFy, Chiller TV, and Shout! Factory. He has appeared as a film scholar/popular culture expert in the documentaries "Exploitation or Redemption? An Examination of Rape-Revenge Movies with Film Scholar Ben Sher" (available on the Blu Ray and DVD releases for the film "Hannie Caulder," produced by OliveFilms) and "The Scenes that Changed Cinema" (Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company). He is co-producer and co-host of the RetroMovieLove podcast.