Spencer Riviera is a L.A.-based writer and director. His credits include projects for Google, Comcast, EA Sports, Priceline and Funny Or Die. His spot for DailyMVP starring Tom Brady got over two million views in one day and was praised by USA Today, Time, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and ABC World News Tonight.
A member of the DGA, Spencer began directing after spending many years immersed in acting, writing and production. He studied improvisation with Del Close (Second City, SNL, The Committee), Gary Austin (founder of The Groundlings) and Keith Johnstone (author of Impro). Spencer understands performance and works well with actors because he’s been one himself––his film and TV credits include Law & Order, Mr. Holland’s Opus and numerous TV commercials.
As a writer, Spencer worked on the animated web series Behind The Music That Sucks and Thugs On Film, both of which were named "Best of the Web" by HBO. In 2006, he joined the creative department of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, where his work garnered awards and recognition from Cannes, Communication Arts, the CLIOS, the One Show, the Art Director’s Club, Archive magazine and more.
Spencer grew up in Seattle and graduated from New York University. His journey to directing started at the bottom––he's been a production assistant for Ed Harris, a gopher for Don Johnson, a driver for Pauly Shore, a clerk at Kim’s Video, an usher at the NY Film Forum and a janitor at The Actor’s Studio. He prefers directing.