- Richard Metzger
Richard Metzger (born
October 25, 1965in Wheeling, West Virginia) is a British television host and author. He was the host of the TV show "Disinformation", The Disinformation Companyand its website, Disinfo.com.
For several years prior to the
Channel 4series, Metzger hosted a talk show, "The Infinity Factory", broadcast on Manhattan Public Access and distributed inline through Pseudo.com. It was similar in tone and appeal to Art Bell and George Noory's paranormal " Coast to Coast AM" radio show, on which Metzger had also been a guest. Many of the interview subjects on this show would go on to be features in the Channel 4series.
Metzger was the host of the TV show "Disinformation", which aired for two seasons (2000 and 2001) on
Channel 4in the UK as part of their late night "4Later" programming block.
According to interviews, Metzger was told just twelve days prior to the first specials' air-date that he would have to cut 50% of the material from the show in order to pass the
USA Network's corporate lawyers' scrutiny. Those four shows have subsequently been released on a DVD with a second bonus disc presenting highlights of The DisinfoCon, a 12 event featuring shock rocker Marilyn Manson, underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger, painter Joe Coleman, Douglas Rushkoff, Mark Pesce, Grant Morrison, Robert Anton Wilsonand others.
Metzger created the Disinformation website in 1996, and infamously was able to regain control of the intellectual property rights and a $1.2 million dollar investment by the site's original backer, cable giant TCI (now
AT&T Broadband) when TCI CEO John Malonedemanded funds be cut off when news of Metzger's "anarchist bullsh*t" reached him. In 1997 he co-founded The Disinformation Company, which joined with Avenue A/Razorfish, and became part of the RSUB Network until 2001.
He is the author of two books, "Disinformation: The Interviews" (2002) which feature unedited interviews with several of the characters and thinkers who were guests on the series such as
Douglas Rushkoff, Joe Coleman, Paul Laffoley, Grant Morrison, Duncan Laurie, Peter Russell, Kembra Pfahler, Genesis P-Orridgeand Howard Bloomand "Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide To Magick & The Occult" (2004) an anthology of occult essays.
According to a footnote in "Disinformation: The Interviews", Metzger is the uncredited male-voice interviewing Japanese pop singer Maki Nomiya of Pizzicato 5 on their song "This Year's Girl #2" (Matador Records EP CD: "5 x 5"). Metzger has also directed and produced several music videos in the 1980s for such New York "underground" luminaries as Bongwater (their animated "Power of Pussy"), Warhol pal John Sex and others.
He is married to
Tara McGinley, a fashion stylist and costume designer. The couple lives in Los Angeles.
* [http://www.disinfo.com Disinfo.com]
* [http://www.shanatinglipton.com/disinfo1.html LA Times article]
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