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Professional Credits

Michigan, It Started Here!
1996
Producer, Writer, Director,
Videographer

Michigan and
the American Dream

1998
Producer, Writer, Director,
Videographer

Technicolor Holiday ’98
1998
Videographer

Titanic: The Final Chapter
1999
Producer, Writer, Director,
Videographer

Stiffed
2000
Writer, Director, Videographer,
Voice Over

Video: A Shortcut to
Filmmaking

2001
Author

So, Ya Wanna Be a Producer
2001
Author

The Human Side of LEAN
2004
Videographer

TV Land Detroit
2006
Author

TV Land Detroit:
Rediscovering
Television’s Golden Age

2006
Author

Motor City Celebrities
2008
Producer and Director

Technicolor/Thomson
Exit Procedure

2008
Narrator

The Sports Kitchen
2011
Executive Producer, Director, Videographer


Gordon Castelnero

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gordonemmy

sirgraves
With Sir Graves Ghastly

gordonandtheghoul
With The Ghoul

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 to the University of Michigan Press.  Upon getting the “green light” in late June, he spent the next six months conducting interviews (79 total) and collecting photographs which became the basis for a manuscript he would have to complete in four months time to meet the publisher’s tight deadline.  The result: TV Land Detroit, a 330 page paperback published in April 2006.  Castelnero’s resurrection of local TV favorites proved successful as it was spotlighted by the media 32 times and has sold over 6,800 copies to date.

And it was that huge response to TV Land Detroit that spawned his latest venture, Motor City Celebrities, an original biography series for local television under his new corporation, Dream World Enterprises, Inc.  The first two episodes ran back to back courtesy of WTVS on April 7, 2008…so stay tuned as Gordon Castelnero has more to come!



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