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Steve Orlandella has spent his entire career working in television. He studied television, history and theatre at California State University, Northridge. While still working on his degrees, he was hired by the University to produce and direct educational television.
After four years at the University, he was hired by KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles as a producer of news and sports. During this time he won Golden Mike and Associated Press Awards for his work. In 1982, he began directing the news, and ultimately directed over 200 “News at Ten” programs, including election-night coverage. In 1985, he was promoted to KTLA’s Supervising Producer/Director. In that capacity, he produced and directed hundreds of public affairs and entertainment shows. In addition, he produced and directed California Angel’s baseball games and Los Angeles Clipper’s basketball games.
In 1987, he left KTLA for MCA/Universal as Producer/Director of media for their Merchandizing division. In 1989, he became an independent producer/director. He wrote, produced and directed winter and summer Olympic specials, produced Los Angeles Kings’ hockey telecasts, and provided material and content for Z Channel, Sportschannel and the Playboy Channel. During this time he directed “Countdown to the Rose Parade,” professional and college basketball games as well as boxing.
In 1993, he signed on as the producer of Los Angeles Dodger’s Baseball. In nine years he produced over five hundred baseball telecasts and three hundred pre-game shows. He also wrote, produced and directed over 30 pre-season and regular season specials, receiving two Emmy Awards for his work with the Dodgers.
In 1999, he directed the first High Definition telecast of the Rose Parade. In 2008, he directed LeAnn Rimes opening segment of the Rose Parade. He has worked for most of the television stations in Los Angeles, and has been nominated for Emmys twelve times.
In 2006, he launched “Steve Orlandella Productions,” a production company designed to meet the television needs of Lawyers. “Titanic” is his second book. His first work, “Stevespeak: 3 years on Facebook” was published in 2012.
Steve lives in Los Angeles with his wife, noted Attorney and author Jay W. MacIntosh.