Donato (Danny) Pietrodangelo Biograohy - General
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Donato (Danny) Pietrodangelo, was born in New York City and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications and a master’s degree in Communication (theory)from Florida State University. In his professional endeavors he distinguished himself as an award-winning film and video producer, fine art photographer, 3D computer animator, graphic designer and internationally published writer
He founded Pietrodangelo Production Group a Tallahassee-based digital media production and e-learning course development firm in 1983. Prior to establishing the firm, Pietrodangelo served for 10 years as a senior manager in Florida state government, working as an Assistant to the Florida Attorney General and as Communications Director for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services which, at the time, was the largest state agency in the country. Pietrodangelo's recognition as a media producer/director began in the early 1980s when public awareness campaigns and programs he produced and directed for the state of Florida on HIV/AIDS, child abuse, volunteerism and product safety received national attention. During this same period, he served as the Governor's Ad hoc Advisor on Telecommunications, specializing in working with the cable industry to improve use of public access/local origination for programming produced by state agencies. In 1982 in response to the Tylenol murders, he initiated the first use of satellite uplinks to provide interviews with public health experts, on product packaging, to broadcast media throughout Florida.
After leaving state service and founding Pietrodangelo Production Group, he produced award-winning documentaries; e-learning courses, commercial advertising and public awareness campaigns; educational, marketing and training programs, print publications, computer animations and interactive multimedia on a wide range of topics including health care, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, naval doctrine, the Caribbean and more. His programming has been shown on cable networks, broadcast throughout Florida and Georgia, and nationally distributed. One of his specialities had been producing health and human services related materials, including training and education for and about individuals with developmental disabilities.
For 12 years, beginning in the early 2000s years Pietrodangelo Production Group developed and produced digital learning, as a full-time contractor, for the prestigious U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. The courses were used in the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s, Naval Professional Military Education Program for use by Naval officers throughout the world.
The firm's work in film, video, photography, multimedia and animation has garnered various national, regional and local awards in such competitions as the prestigious AVA Digital Awards, the Hermes Award, the Houston International Film Festival, the Apex Awards for Print Excellence, the New York Festivals, the Charleston Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, the Sarasota Film Festival, the National Telly Awards, the Healthcare Advertising Awards, the Best in the East Awards, the Silver Microphone Awards, the Golden Image Awards, Angel Public Service Awards, the ADDY Awards and others.
Pietrodangelo is actively involved in community organizations and issues. He is a former FSU Student Body president, former multi-year president of the Hawk’s Nest Homeowners Association and has served on the board of directors of the Tallahassee-Leon County Homeless Shelter (Vice President, 2002), LeMoyne Art Foundation, the Tallahassee Ballet, the FSU Seminole Torchbearers (Chair, 2002, 2007), the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, the Girl Scout Apalachee Big Bend Council, the Florida Association of Voluntary Agencies for Caribbean Action, the Tallahassee Advertising Federation, the Tallahassee Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society and the Tallahassee Urban League.
He is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Cuong-Nhu Martial Arts and for 10 years (pre-Covid) taught a basic class martial arts class, for adults with developmental dusabilities, at the Pyramid Studios in Tallahassee. He also served for 10 years as editor of the award-winning Cuong Nhu Martial Association’s magazine, Dragon Nhus. Pietrodangelo’s work in the community has earned him recognition as a two-time recipient of the Florida Association for Retarded Citizens President's Award and the arts nominee for Tallahassee Volunteer of the Year.
He was honored as one of six finalists in the 2001 Tallahassee Volunteer of the Year and the recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Volunteer Corp for his volunteer work as a youth instructor and communications consultant in Belize, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Dominica, Grenada and other Caribbean countries.
Pietrodangelo is an accomplished still photographer and the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida/National Endowment for the Arts for his photography. photographs have been awarded and exhibited in New York, Europe and the former USSR, and he has been the subject of features in national photography and regional art magazines. He is a freelance writer whose columns and articles on various topics have been published in regional, national and international publications and awarded by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
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What matters is this: Pietrodangelo is both blessed and fortunate. He is married to the former Karen Cuba, who recently retired as an administrator after four decades of service at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH) - where she started as a staff nurse. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Florida, a Master’s degree in healthcare administration, also from Florida, and a Masters degree in Research from FSU.
She has the patience of a saint and recognizes that her sometimes difficult spouse is still a work in progress. We have two extraordinary children, married to incredible spouses. His daughter Amy Myer, an attorney, is the Lead legal Counsel for the Duval County Health Department; her husband David is a regional administrator for Ascension Healhcare. They have given us two granddaughters. Our son Brian is an electrical engineer who works at Syntech in Tallahassee; his wife Megan is a pediatric intensive care nurse at TMH. They too have brought two little wonders in our life a boy and a girl.
We have two dogs, Jet a black lab and Max a foxhound mix - both rescued us.