After graduating from California State University, Long Beach in 1990 with a degree in Radio/Television/Film, Gordon Castelnero returned to his native Detroit where he began working at WNIC radio. During his four years as a producer in radio, he dreamed up ways of how to “crash” into major market television without experience. Upon conceiving an idea for a local TV special, both he and a co-worker/friend solicited the show to every television station in town.
Facing rejection from all of them, they formed their own production company, Cambiare Entertainment, LLC, and shot the program themselves. Impressed with the finished product, Detroit’s NBC affiliate, WDIV, aired their documentary, Michigan, It Started Here! on December 7, 1996 at 7:00 PM. Much to the duo’s amazement, their television debut became the highest rated show of the day with an 11.5 rating and earned them a Michigan Emmy nomination for writing.
That success led Castelnero to produce, write, and direct two more local documentaries, one for WTVS (Detroit’s PBS affiliate) entitled Michigan and the American Dream in 1998 and Titanic: The Final Chapter for WDIV in 1999. On the heels of Titanic, he personally received six Emmy nominations (two for producing and four for writing), the most of any individual in Michigan television for a single show that year! With all of those nominations to his credit, it was no surprise that he won the Emmy in the category of segment writing.
Since then, Castelnero has written and directed a quirky short film in 2001; drafted more than 25 television show proposals for various genres; penned several press releases; and authored three articles for Michigan VUE magazine: Video: A Short Cut to Filmmaking (March/April ’01), So, Ya Wanna Be a Producer (May/June ’01), and Rediscovering Television’s Golden Age (July/August ’06).
Back in the spring of 2004, Gordon pitched a concept for an unwritten book that would celebrate the Motor City’s television heritage
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