Big Life Films specializes in corporate filmmaking and personal storytelling


For over 25 years, Bob Bates has produced broadcast content for local stations, national networks, and syndication.


Credits include fundraising films and image campaign videos for non-profits and corporations including McKesson, Verizon, The Women's Alzheimer's Movement, Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Wells Fargo, ReadyNation, Pacific Clinics and more.   


 Big Life Films has produced  tribute films for many celebrated people, including Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey, and Quincy Jones.

Bob Bates is a writer, producer, photographer and skilled video editor. With a keen sense of storytelling and visual design, he creates imaginative corporate campaigns as well as touching event films,  taking short-form projects from concept to delivery on a corporate budget.

During his six years as a staff producer for “The Oprah Winfrey Show”,  Bob Bates found his passion for telling a personal story in a meaningful and emotional way.   Since his early career as a news anchor and television host, he’s directed hundreds of field shoots, interviewing celebrities, and newsmakers.   Bob co-produced "Building A Dream-The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy" special on ABC. And he assembled an award-winning show that chronicled Ms. Winfrey's holiday effort to give 50,000 South African children a Christmas they would never forget.

 Bob has created touching tribute films for composer Quincy Jones, actor Sidney Poitier, and others.    He executive produced "Oprah Looks Back: 25 Years of the Oprah Winfrey Show" for ABC Owned & Operated stations.  For Maria Shriver's famed Women's Conference in California, Bob created tribute films to honor remarkable women such as Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King, and Sandra Day O'Connor.   He's produced live event coverage and short form documentaries for local stations in New York, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as E! and ABC's Good Morning America. 

Bob Bates is a producer, photographer and editor, so much of his work is one-on-one, but he has extensive experience supervising single and multi-camera crews as well.    He currently provides creative production services to corporate and non-profit organizations including Pacific Clinics of California.   He also oversees and provides regular content for the popular website

“I’ve been fortunate to do projects that are meant to inform and enlighten as well as celebrate the efforts of others. As a former news reporter, I believe a small crew is best for telling a meaningful and emotional story. I like to travel light, maximizing resources and never allowing the production to get in the way of the story.   I can offer my clients experience, creativity and depth... as well as a production budget to suit the non-profit world.”  

-Bob Bates