Ryan is an alumnus of the prestigious Peter Stark Producing MFA Program at USC. He received his BA in Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University, graduating Suma Cum Laude. Before that he pursued a degree in Accounting from Villanova University and spent a year at Cambridge University in England studying Economics and Political Science.
He has over a decade of experience in the film industry, getting his start working in development for Artisan/Lionsgate and Disney. Recently, Ryan directed and wrote the feature thriller Suburban Cowboy, which was released in the Fall of 2017. In 2014, he co-wrote and produced With You, a film directed by Grammy-nominated EDM artist Dirty South based on his album of the same name. It debuted at #1 on iTunes in the fall of the same year. In post-production is the sci-fi actioner White Space, which he produced and co-wrote. Ryan was a producer on the CG-animated feature Battle for Terra 3D, which was released through Lionsgate nationwide in May of 2009.
Currently in production, Ryan is co-directing, producing and wrote the hand-drawn animated film Orient City, with Zsombor Huszka. Their short of the same name is in the midst of a successful festival run, having already won Best Short Film at Lund International Film Festival in Sweden. Zsombor and Ryan are also in production on the CG-animated holiday film Krampus, along with a children’s illustrated book series.
Ryan is attached to produce an adaptation of George R.R. Martin's World Fantasy Award Winning The Skin Trade, a horror novella by the acclaimed NY Times #1 best-selling author of A Game of Thrones.
Ryan started Spoke Lane Entertainment to produce a variety of genre fare for the publishing and film worlds. The first project out of his banner was the graphic novel Harbor Moon; the werewolf spaghetti western was nominated for a Goodreads and Horror Comic Award for Best Original Graphic Novel. His follow-up graphic novel, R.E.M., debuted to rave reviews at NY Comic-con 2013. His graphic novels Bulderlyns and Chasing Rabbits are currently in production and look to make their debut in 2018. Spoke Lane is also publishing the original manga series Orange Lif3 by acclaimed Russian artist Lemon5ky.