Joe Pichirallo Named Chair of Undergrad Film & TV at NYU

The veteran studio executive and film producer joins the university’s Kanbar Institute.

Former studio executive and film producer Joe Pichirallo has been named chairman of Kanbar Institute’s Undergraduate Film & Television program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The announcement was made Tuesday, by Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of Tisch.

He will begin this fall, replacing Lamar Sanders, who stepped down after six years in the position.

"His extensive entertainment industry experience coupled with his many years of teaching young filmmakers is the perfect combination to lead the department into the future. I want to welcome him to New York University and the Tisch School of the Arts," said Dean Campbell.

Pichirallo is also a former reporter at The Washington Post and began his career at HBO Pictures. He was one of the executives hired by Fox to set up Searchlight Pictures where he produced the Geoffrey Rush-Kate Winslet film Quills, nominated for three Academy Awards.

"The opportunity to help the faculty guide the next generation of filmmakers is an irresistible challenge — especially at a time of rapid and fundamental changes in our industry. I am especially looking forward to continuing the Tisch School's tradition of turning out standout storytellers. The chair's position is the perfect marriage of all the work I have done as a journalist, studio executive, producer, and film school instructor," said Pichirallo.

Pichirallo recently produced The Secret Life of Bees with Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson.