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Dom Serafini - Air date: 03-13-00

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Published on Mar 15, 2008

Dom (Domenico) Serafini was born in 1949 in the Italian fishing village and resort town of Giulianova. At the age of 18 he moved to New York, to study color televisin, which had fascinated him since the age of 14. In New York he first lived with his aunt Yole in a New York City suburb on Long Island. In New York, Serafini worked as a corrispondent for JCE Publications of Milan, Italy, while attending Empire State College at night. In 1971 Serafini expanded his contributions as a freelancer to a local newspaper, and eventually started working with large, international journals, like RadioWorld, and Videography, always writing about television. In 1977, Serafini became the Italian co-ordinator of the American magazine Consumer Electronics. Previously, in 1976 he had helped co-found for JCE publications' Millecanali, Italy's first professional television magazine. In 1978, he was appointed international editor of TV/Radio Age magazine.
[edit] VideoAge and his breakthrough to L.A.
In 1981, with the support of the American, Italian, French and Brazilian TV industries Serafini launched a professional TV trade magazine called VideoAge International. In 1982, Serafini introduced to the television industry the concept of "Market Dailies" (i.e., Daily publications published only during TV trade shows). Subsequently, he launched publications such as GameShow Magazine, for US consumers; TV Pro, France's first TV trade publication; TV Era, Latin America's first TV trade publication, and, in Italy, "Baseball Magazine," none of which succeeded. In 1983 he opened VideoAge's editorial office in Los Angeles. In 1988, VideoAge's New York editorial offices moved from its original East 51st street location to the present East 75th street location, which happened to be Andy Warhol's former residence. Currently, VideoAge is the only professional TV trade publication that doesn't require the use of sales people. However, VideoAge takes pride of its editorial staff.
[edit] Published works:
• Television Via Internet
• AbruzzoAmerica (With Collaboration of Generoso D'Agnese)
• Veltroni and I
• The Ten Commandments for the TV of the future
• "O Sole Mio" It's Now or Never
• History of Television
[edit] Political involvement and recent developments
From 2001 to 2005, Serafini was an official advisor to the Italian Ministry of Communication. In 2006, Serafini ran to represent Italians expatriates in North America in the Italian Senate by co-founding an independent party. Although he lost, he put up a formidable fight, finishing third in most areas. Currently he writes about politics and television for several Italian, Canadian and American weekly and daily publications.
www.domserafini.com

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