We are proud to announce that Award-winning actor/writer/filmmaker and Founder/CEO of Tortoise Entertainment, Hoyt Richards has joined Hadley Rille as our first Brand Ambassador. Hoyt wears the Hadley Rille Flight Commander 43. Hoyt helps illustrate that the Escadrille is a highly functioning tool watch that is also designed for style and is as appropriate to sport on the film set and in the boardroom as it is in the cockpit.
Originally from the Main Line area outside of Philadelphia, Hoyt was a scholar-athlete atPrinceton where he graduated with a BA in Economics and played football.
In his early career, Hoyt worked as a fashion model for the Ford and Wilhelmina agencies and is considered to be the world's first male supermodel. Over his fifteen-year career, Hoyt was the face of numerous campaigns for the industry’s top designers, and he appeared in over three hundred commercials.
In 2000, Hoyt moved from New York to Los Angeles where he began working as an actor and now has over forty films to his credit. Hoyt has won over fifty best actor awards.
Expanding his skill set to include directing, screenwriting, editing and producing, Hoyt created his own production company, Tortoise Entertainment, in 2010. With Tortoise, Hoyt has produced two award-winning feature films. Dumbbells, a buddy comedy set in the gym, and Intersection, a psychological, romantic thriller. Together, these two films won nearly two hundred awards during their respective film festival runs. Intersection became one of the most acclaimed indie films of 2016, winning over a hundred awards, including 50+ wins for Best Picture.
Hoyt is also a cult survivor. He has been speaking publicly about the dangers and the lessons learned from his experience of cultic and abusive environments for over two decades. And he assists families and individuals who have loved ones caught in cultic situations.
Currently, Hoyt is co-hosting and producing a podcast series called WhaTheFlok where he interviews other cult survivors and can be found on all major streaming platforms. In addition, Hoyt is developing a scripted TV series that chronicles his twenty-year journey into the Eternal Values religious cult and his subsequent escape and recovery. Also, he is writing a book, Seemed Like a Great Idea at the Time, which catalogs his journey through the cult years and after while living a double life as one of the world’s top fashion models.