First published in 2001, The Pittsburgh A&E Book is the only professional directory to individuals, companies and organizations in Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts and entertainment community/industry.

It began in the 1990’s when author and arts entrepreneur James A. Richards was producing events first for the Joseph Horne Company department store and later for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Jim called this collected information his “groups file” which was later formalized in a true database. In 2001, he published the first Pittsburgh A&E Book professional directory. The directory grew over the years from a 40-page booklet to an impressive 150-page resource.

For most of these years, The Videohouse has been the directory’s primary sponsor. In 2020, Jim and the company moved the directory to an online tool  — the very web site you are now viewing — where creative professionals can find nearly everything they need for their project.

Anyone who works in or wishes to work in Pittsburgh’s creative world can use The Pittsburgh A&E Book directory to locate the people, services and other resources necessary to shoot a film, stage a play, produce a concert, record an album, construct a sculpture, hold a fundraiser or almost anything else.

Founded more than thirty years ago, The Videohouse is Pittsburgh’s premier full-service media production company.

The Videohouse has extensive experience working with major outlets such as BBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and even German TV as well as local advertising agencies.

The company’s impressive team can provide an unending range of broadcast-quality video production services including shooting, editing, 3D animation and duplication. The Videohouse’s shooters, sound technicians, lighting directors, editors and animators are among the best around.

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James A. Richards is an author and arts entrepreneur who has been a vital part of Pittsburgh’s arts and entertainment community/industry for decades. Jim has provided his professional services to entities as diverse as the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Reel Q film festival. His debut novel, Summer Club, earned accolades. Jim is also the creator of PGHevents: the Pittsburgh Events Web Site (, the Pittsburgh Applause online newsletter ( and Channel Pittsburgh ( Learn more about Jim by visiting

Ron Bruno started The Videohouse as a young man in his basement in September 1988. He has seen the media/entertainment industry grow from an era when there were limited tools for the creative mind to today, where we have an endless array of tech tools to produce anything imaginable.

Although Ron is always on top of the latest trends in creativity and technology, he is secretly a hopeless hoarder of cool electronics. In fact, he still has his first Commodore computer!

One last thing: Ron still thinks he is a young man because he remains a kid at heart.