LEADERSHIP

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Founded by Frank Rainone, a thirty year veteran of the entertainment business and Teresa Sorkin a 20 year veteran with experience on both sides of the camera. Together they have worked with  MTV, Miramax, RAI Italian Television, A&E, The Weinstein Company and Radical Media.  Roman Way encompasses all of their expertise, passion and relationships in the industry to form an integrated entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes content across all media platforms and literary as well.  With over 30 projects currently in development in both Scripted and unscripted content, Roman Way Productions delivers an ability for great storytelling.  

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Frank Rainone/ Co-Founder

Frank Rainone has produced and directed over 50 commercials, produced and directed numerous movies including ‘Me and the Mob’ with Sandra Bullock and Steve Buscemi and ‘A Brooklyn State of Mind’ starring Danny Aiello, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Tony Danza – winner of the New York International Independent Film Festival. He has over 25 years of production experience, served as EVP of Production for Miramax Films and has worked on marketing campaigns for films such as Madonna’s Truth or Dare, Cinema Paradiso, Spy Kids, Sin City, Escape from New York, Shakespeare In Love just to name a few. Frank was asked to sit on the Weinstein Company Board in November 2017 to help facilitate he company’s transition with Lantern Entertainment.

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Teresa Sorkin/ Co-Founder

For as long as Teresa can remember she has loved the world of storytelling.   She worked for RAI Italian Television as a television host and producer.   She later went on to develop television and film for MTV, A&E and sold her screenplays to various studios including Miramax.  Teresa has produced shows for various American networks, including MTV and Bravo. She created shows like "The X-Effect, “Girl, Get Your Mind Right!, Cement Heads and others for various networks. Some of which aired in 15 different countries. She has worked on many projects under first look deals with The Weinstein Company and DIGA, run by Tony Disanto and Liz Gately.  Teresa helped produce Jay-Z’s documentary, “Fade to Black”. Shortly after, she was offered a first look deal with The Weinstein Company, where she created ideas for film, scripted and reality TV and consulted on many of their films and television shows while there.  

She  hosted her own entertainment show at RAI for several years, where she interviewed  many celebrities. Teresa has penned two scripts that are currently in development one is a horror film based in Venice and the other is based on her first novel "The Woman in the Park which  will be published by Beaufort Books summer 2019. 

OUR TEAM

Robert Bruzio/ Head of Scripted Development

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Robert Bruzio is a writer/producer/actor/director. His most recent feature screenplay, STANO which follows a man who returns to the Bronx after serving 17 years in prison for a violent mistake he made as a kid that ultimately robbed him of a professional baseball career and the love of his life., The movie stars Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara is expected to be released early 2019. The movie is directed by Raymond DeFelitta (CITY ISLAND, MADOFF) and Chartoff Productions (ROCKY BALBOA, CREED, CREED 2) along with 3:59 (La BARE) are producing. Robert is presently working on a second film with Singapore based Film Finance Company, Salt Media and Entertainment. The film tells the true story heroics of a Vietnam POW that managed to survive the daily tortures in the "Hanoi Hilton" and still return with honor. Robert also is coming on board a producer and writer, together with Firestarter Studios, on a television mini-series which is based on a screenplay he optioned to them last year. He is also a head writer on a series with Roman Way Productions. A music video under his direction for legendary metal band, TWISTED SISTER, was voted #1 on VH1Classics and on Yahoo!

Charlie Carillo/ Producer/Writer

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Charlie Carillo is a novelist and a TV producer. He was a reporter and columnist at the New York Post before working as a producer at the TV shows "American Journal" and "Inside Edition." Charlie Carillo grew up in Douglaston, New York, a town that was put on the map by three world-class tennis players - John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe and Charlie's sister, Mary Carillo, now a famous sports broadcaster. 

In 1978 Charlie took a job as a copyboy at the New York Post, eventually working his way up to reporter, rewrite man and columnist. In 1993 he switched to television, working as a producer for the news magazine shows "American Journal" and "Inside Edition.”  Charlie's first novel, "Shepherd Avenue," was just re-published by Kensington Books and will be followed in June by a sequel, "Return To Shepherd Avenue."  "Shepherd Avenue" was first published in 1986 by the Atlantic Monthly Press and was named one of the best books of that year by the American Library Association. Charlie's second novel, "My Ride With Gus," was published in 1996 by Pocket Books,  It has been optioned to the movies by Fox.

Lisa Sarti Mayer/ Unscripted Development and Docuseries

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Lisa has been in education for over 15 years and is a Producer and writer. She had worked for RAI TV as well as Prototype Entertainment.  Lisa has a masters in History and specializes in documentaries and historical dramas. She has experience working across scripted and unscripted television, film, books, branded, and digital.