Empty Quarter Studios is a film and television production company based in New York and London that creates original non-fiction content for global distribution. We are committed to crafting premium cinematic experiences, using moving images to tell epic, immersive and transformational stories borne out of exploration, travel, history, science and everyday life in the world’s most exotic and misunderstood places.

our work

The EQS team is comprised of visual storytellers with deep experience in documentary, scripted drama, and live entertainment. Our work has won and been nominated for multiple awards including the Primetime Emmys, News & Doc Emmys, Tony Awards, BANFF Awards, and the Sentinel Awards.

For over two decades, we have worked with top-tier talent from Hollywood and beyond, including Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks, Mike Nichols, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. We have filmed projects around the globe, throughout the US, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

We are currently in pre-production on Into the Lost Desert, which follows an extreme desert explorer as he attempts to become the first person to cross the world's largest sand desert, and Flight Club Arabia, which follows young Saudi women as they embark on the life-changing experience of learning to fly.

We are also developing a range of other projects for broadcast and the festival circuit, and look forward to sharing more details soon.

the team

Tim Ryan at Empty Quarter Studios

tim ryan

chairman

tim ryan

chairman

Tim brings his combined love of the Middle East and the entertainment industry to Empty Quarter Studios.

Tim was previously Chairman of Eidos plc, the UK’s leading digital entertainment publisher, and owners of the Lara Croft Tomb Raider franchise. Tim has also spent 25 years in strategic communications, advising heads of state.

Billy Sprague at Empty Quarter Studios

billy sprague

President and Head of Creative

billy sprague

president and head of creative

Across his 25+ year career in the performing arts and entertainment industry, Billy has created, cast, directed, and consulted on all technical aspects of productions around the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, Moscow, Amsterdam, and Riyadh.

Chris Cassel at Empty Quarter Studios

Chris Cassel

EVP, Development and Production

Chris Cassel

EVP, Development and Production

Chris is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning director, writer and showrunner whose many TV credits include the History Channel series Engineering an Empire, the National Geographic docudrama Pope v. Hitler, and two specials for the venerated Nat Geo series Explorer. Chris has filmed documentaries all over the globe and worked with high-profile talent including Steven Spielberg, President George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Hanks. For clips, credits and further info, please visit www.chriscassel.com. 

Christa Avampato at Empty Quarter Studios

Lubna Hussain

International Development Consultant

Lubna Hussain

International Development Consultant

Lubna has produced news for television channels including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CBS, Vice News and ABC, interviewing world leaders and has hosted and produced a live political show in the Middle East.

An avid writer and former columnist of the Arab News, her contributions published include The New York Times, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker and Harper’s Bazaar. She has also presented a documentary on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales which aired globally.

George Richards at Empty Quarter Studios

George Richards

Development Consultant

George Richards

Development Consultant

George Richards holds a master’s degrees in Archeology & Anthropology. He’s fluent in five languages, and he’s driven by a passionate sense of adventure. George is an expert on the intangible cultural heritage of the Middle East, and Saudi Arabia. He has been based in Jeddah for over three years, leading a number of field research projects to preserve cultural heritage in the region.

Emily Roos at Empty Quarter Studios

Emily Roos

Production Coordinator

Emily Roos

Production Coordinator

Prior to joining Empty Quarter Studios, Emily Roos worked in film and commercial production as an assistant director, associate producer and coordinator. Her background in acting and passion for uniting people through storytelling drive her work and dedication.

get in touch

London Office

49 Berkeley Square
London
W1J 5AZ

New York City Office

519 8th Avenue
5th Floor
New York, NY 10018

E-mail

Email us at info@emptyquarterstudios.com