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Steve Orlandella

Date of passing: 
August 31, 2016

Steve Orlandella was a producer and director who worked primarily in news, sports and live events, and spent many years at Los Angeles station KTLA5. 

While studying television, history and theater at California State University, Northridge, Orlandella was hired by the university to produce and direct educational television.

In 1979, after completing his work at CSUN, he was hired by KTLA as a producer for news and sports. Three years later he began directing the evening news, and ultimately directed over 200 News at Ten programs, including election-night coverage.

Steve Orlandella was a producer and director who worked primarily in news, sports and live events, and spent many years at Los Angeles station KTLA5. 

While studying television, history and theater at California State University, Northridge, Orlandella was hired by the university to produce and direct educational television.

In 1979, after completing his work at CSUN, he was hired by KTLA as a producer for news and sports. Three years later he began directing the evening news, and ultimately directed over 200 News at Ten programs, including election-night coverage.

In 1985, KTLA promoted him to supervising producer/director. He went on to produced and directed hundreds of public affairs and entertainment shows, in addition to Angels baseball games and Clippers basketball games.

He left KTLA in 1987 to become producer-director of MCA/Universal's merchandizing division.

Four years after that, he branched out on his own and became an independent producer and director.

His other production credits included winter and summer Olympic specials, Kings hockey games and promos and commercials for Z Channel and Sportschannel. He also directed Rose Parade pre-shows, boxing, as well as professional and college basketball.

In 1993, he became the producer for Dodgers baseball. In nine years he produced more than 500 baseball telecasts, as well as 300 pre-game shows. He also produced and directed over 30 preseason and regular season specials, and in 1999, he directed the first high-definition telecast of the Rose Parade.

In 2006, he launched Steve Orlandella Productions, a production company designed to meet the needs of Lawyers.

His professional accolades included Golden Mike Awards, Associated Press Awards; he also received 12 Emmy nominations and won two for his work with the Dodgers. 

In 2012 he published a book titled Stevespeak: 3 Years on Facebook, a chronicle of his three-year journey through the social media.

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