I graduated from Brown University with a BA in Semiotics, additional studies of cultural criticism, film theory and production at l'Université de la Sorbonne in Paris and NYU Film School.
When I was youngster, I had my own production company and I produced/directed/edited over 40 music videos for the major music conglomerates during the heyday of the video music era, including Sony, Universal, Polygram, Def Jam, Profile Records, Jive Records, Island Records, MCA, etc. (These guys' ownership switch hands so often, it was and continues to be an actual real-time blur).
I've been in the trenches for the past two decades, in film/television/catalog/book production, DVD publishing and marketing, cable TV advertising sales, and the promotion of my six (soon to be 7) published books on television, radio and the Internet.
I am Brazilian-American. I have a massive, loving and incredibly dynamic family. I have one full-, one half- and five step-brothers and sisters. I have 15 nieces and nephews and so many cousins and second-cousins, whose children who I consider to be my own nieces and nephews, as well as lifelong family friends who *are* family, including their kids...My family lives on three or four continents (when I last checked).
It's gotten to the point, where I just see everyone as family...how very blessed I am, with my immense, loving family...