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After an injury put an early end to New York native Alfred Zaccagnino’s budding professional baseball career, he trained as an air traffic controller at the Federal Aviation Authority’s Aeronautical Academy in Oklahoma. After the 9/11 attacks, he retired from air traffic control to devote himself full time to his many entrepreneurial interests. Alfred Zaccagnino today heads up a diverse range of enterprises, including the strategic investment firm the Samarian Group and the exclusive members-only Penta Club in New York City. In addition, he is the executive producer of one of the most eagerly anticipated new movies of 2014: Mary, The Mother of Christ. An executive producer (EP) is a critical member of the leadership of an entertainment project. Beyond that, the job description varies from project to project. In many movies, an EP is the executive in charge of overseeing the entire project, concentrating more on the business end of things than the artistic. The complexity of most modern film projects makes this a challenging position, and many EPs have one or more assistants to whom they can delegate responsibility and authority. The EP’s first responsibility is to the studio or other financial backers, to ensure that the production of a quality project is on time and within budget. Before production even begins, many EPs are hard at work getting a novel or other storyline transformed into a screenplay, and they may also be involved in finding financing. EPs may also play a role in selecting the project’s director and other key members of the production crew, as well as the actors. EPs may also participate in developing the budget, the shooting schedule, and the production plan. Once production is under way, the EP monitors daily progress, consults with the director and producer as appropriate, and acts as liaison between the project and the studio or other backers. Once production is complete, the EP may play an advisory role in the editing process and in the marketing and distribution of the finished project.
Founder and president of the Samarian Group, an investment company, Alfred Zaccagnino is a successful businessman with connections at the top of several industries. Having spent a portion of his career in media and entertainment, Alfred Zaccagnino has an appreciation of the performing arts, and by supporting the Duncan Smith Theater, he helps give youths the opportunity to perform on stage. The Duncan Smith Theater is a performance venue for the Holmdel Theater Company, a nonprofit organization in New Jersey that promotes theater education and collaboration and artistic development. The company brings young and amateur actors together with established theater professionals to produce new interpretations of well-known plays, as well as plays that are rarely seen elsewhere. The Duncan Smith Theater is a 99-seat venue adapted from an historic 125-year-old barn. The theater’s offerings in the 2013-2014 season have included the modern comedy Circle Mirror Transformation and Moliere’s classic 17th-century satire, The Imaginary Invalid. This summer, the theater will stage performances of the drama A Few Good Men, a play made famous by its successful run on Broadway and the iconic film adaptation.