A seasoned media professional, Heath brings experience in television production, digital video, podcasting, and social media to every project.
Currently, Heath produces and hosts Quarantine Creatives with Heath Racela, a podcast he created to look at how the entertainment and media industries are adapting to the new realities of production in the age of COVID-19. Heath launched the show from his attic in May, 2020 and has shared conversations with industry creatives like Nick Offerman, Scott Foley, Roy Wood Jr, Desi Lydic, Michael Zegen, and Ginger Zee, and grown an audience from scratch using only organic promotion and earned media.
Prior to podcasting, Heath spent 15 years at This Old House Productions in a variety of production roles, serving most recently for five years as Senior Producer and Director of Ask This Old House. In that position, he set the strategy and creative direction for the long-running PBS show and communicated that vision to all stakeholders, with a focus on growing audience and delivery platforms beyond the weekly broadcast reach of 2.5 million people. Heath managed and coordinated all areas of production: casting, story selection and development, production crew, post-production, promotions, and digital. As director, he oversaw the technical execution of every video shoot and coached performances of seasoned and amateur talent in more than 100 segments per season. Heath updated the style of the show to make it more current including the cameras/shooting style, set design, graphics package, and he also commissioned custom music. He launched several recurring segments within the show, including "Build It" that showcased simple woodworking projects and "Future House" that explored how emerging technologies will change how we build and live in our houses.
In 2019, Heath was on the team that earned the first Emmy award for Ask This Old House as “Outstanding Lifestyle Program” for an episode that featured the clean up and rebuilding efforts in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. He has an additional Emmy win for his work on the documentary New Orleans: Getting Back to Normal, and has earned a total of nine nominations in his career.
Heath graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in TV/Video, but his work in video began at an early age. In high school, he produced and hosted Neighborhood Freak Show with his friends, a cable access show that aired in his hometown of Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two young children.