Television journalist

Camerawoman

Producer

Documentary filmmaker

 

 

I am an experienced television journalist and producer working in international news for over 20 years, now living in India. I was born in Italy, lived and studied in the UK and have been a resident of France for 13 years. There I was a top manager at an international news channel dealing with important sponsors and designing formats for current affair programs bringing in great revenues. I am currently the South Asia correspondent for Swiss Television in Italian. My film maker soul is kicking inside, asking for more space. Life is too short: if we are in this line of work is to make an impact, rather than simply produce television news that sell.

 

Work Experience

 

South Asia Correspondent, Swiss television (2015-present)

Covering a wide range of subjects in eight countries, I film, produce and edit 3 minute stories for the news bullettin of RSI Swiss television in Italian. This task has brought me for example to Bangladesh, where I reported on the aftermath of a bloody terrorist attack, on child labour and the persecution of bloggers and atheists.

EURONEWS Special projects manager, commissioning editor (2011-2014)

I designed new programs and editorial initiatives from beginning to end, adapting concepts to new sponsors. I dealt with institutional financiers like the EU Commission and private ones, in order to produce high spec programs with editorial interest at heart. Once a series was sold, I scouted talents, built a team, made sure everything went smoothly and on budget.

INDEPENDENT FILM MAKER (2007-present)

I have won several bids to make films for international organizations like ITU, UNHCR, ILO, CSA, Council of Europe and the World Economic Forum at Davos. I produced films in India on education initiatives in Rajastan and Hyderabad, and in Guadalajara in Mexico, where I organized live TV studios and complete in-house coverage of conferences.

REUTERS TELEVISION, Lyon correspondent (2007-2010)

Self shooter delivering news breaking stories to the leading video news agency. I produced around 50 stories which often made worldwide headlines.

AP TELEVISION, France feature correspondent (2004-2007)

Self shooter delivering long feature stories to the Horizon feed of AP. Lifestyle, food, wine, technology, tourism stories – but also breaking news and sport. Produced over 100 features and became an expert on wine in France.

EURONEWS, Producer of a weekly 10 minute programme on education, Learning World (2010)

In this role I was both a one-woman-band filming and editing stories on education around the world, and when in the headquarters I took care of teeing the program together, commissioning stories to other freelancers, finding people who could deliver them, checking constantly on quality and coherence of the whole program: Learning World

BBC WORLD TELEVISION, Producer, Fast Track Travel programme (2005)

I independently produced and presented 5 stories for the leading travel program on BBC World. I researched and filmed, edited and presented 5 minutes packages on cosmetic surgery tourism in Tunisia, the problems of moving to France, life in a mountain hut, low cost airports and the dilemma with quad car races in the Alps.

EURONEWS, Political analysis journalist, newsroom foreign desk journalist (2000-2004)

MEDIASET, Italy, Reporter (1997-1999)

RIZZOLI, Italy, Features writer (1994-1999)

L’INDIPENDENTE, Italy, staff journalist, national desk (1992-1994)

LONDON, freelance correspondent for RAI and a daily news agency (1990)

 

Education

Higher Education

  • Liceo Classico Treviglio, Italy
  • Postgraduate course in journalism studies, University of Wales, Cardiff (1989-1990 observer)
  • Istituto per la Formazione al Giornalismo, Università di Urbino, Italy (1990-1992)
  • State exam to become professionist journalist, Rome, March 1993

Continued Education

  • Commissioning editor at IDFA Forum, Amsterdam, Nov 2013
  • NEWS TEAM MANAGEMENT, Lyon 2013
  • SOCIAL MEDIA training for journalists, INA, Paris 2012
  • WEB DOC, INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING at IDFA, Amsterdam 2012

Skills

Technical

  • Editing on FCPX.
  • Filming with professional cameras (JVC, Sony, Panasonic).
  • Directing a camera crew.
  • Producing documentaries.
  • Format Design for current affairs programs, formatted series.

Language

  • Mother tongue or equivalent: Italian, English, French
  • Fluent written and spoken: Spanish
  • Basic, and studying: spoken Hindi

Competencies

  • I know India inside out.
  • Creating formats appealing to different audiences and sponsors.
  • Translating complex issues into understandable and compelling communication.
  • Understanding of news agendas and priorities for world newsrooms.
  • Coaching staff, monitoring results for quality, accuracy, style.
  • Talent scouting and talent management.
  • Team building, working with people.
  • Pro active proposition, problem solving.
  • Pitching stories to international and national media.
  • Exploiting new media, mobile apps, competitions to deliver an idea.
  • Thinking outside the box.