Studio executive, network executive, media consultant, producer and university professor, Gerard Bocaccio has had a diverse career in film and television, spanning 30 years.
Mr. Bocaccio recently joined 3311 Productions as Head of Television in order to ramp up a slate of half-hour and one-hour projects that compliment the independent spirit of 3311’s feature film business. During his six months there, he has generated a slate of original ideas and underlying material from writers, directors, actors and producers the likes of Tom Fontana, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, Brian Dauberman, Cathy Konrad, Alek Keshishian, Jason Horwitch, Chris Case, Todd Field, Jon Bernthal, Amy Schumer, Michael Sardo, Stephen Kay, Piper Perabo, Bill Saarsgard, and Simon Barry.
Prior to 3311, he spent four years as the Senior Vice President Development for Entertainment One, overseeing development and production. While at eOne he was responsible for the Golden Globe-winning, Sharp Objects for HBO, starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Jean Marc Valle directing the Marti Noxon adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s book, with Jason Blum on board to executive produce. He also was responsible for the first two seasons of Ice for AT&T’s Audience Network. Executive produced by Antoine Fuqua and set amidst the dangerous business of diamonds in Los Angeles, and across the world, Ice starred Ray Winstone, Jeremy Sisto and Cam Gigandet with Ed Bernero as series showrunner and EP. In addition, Mr. Bocaccio oversaw the first three seasons of the half-hour comedy, You Me Her, also for AT&T’s Audience Network. Considered by many to be groundbreaking, YMH is the first polyamorous romantic comedy on television. Created by John Scott Shepherd who writes all episodes while directors, Nisha Ganatra (Season 1), and Sara St. Onge (Seasons 2 and 3) helmed each season. Series stars Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard and Priscilla Faia and to many, YMH (picked up for Seasons 4 and 5) defines true Indie TV. Lastly while at eOne, he oversaw the half-hour comedy, Let's Get Physical starring Chris Diamontopulos, Matt Jones and Jane Seymour. Set within the world of 1980s-centric bodybuilding, the 8-episode first season recently aired on the POP network.
But it was in early 2001 as the Senior Vice President, Entertainment at the newly launched FX Network that he embarked on his first career-defining path. Tasked with helping to launch the first original programming slate for the network, as the number two in programming he was involved in the development and production of series that would change the landscape of cable television while establishing the unparalleled bonafides for FX success that continues to this day. During his tenure, among others, were the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Lucky, Starved, and Thief, as well as a number of award-winning telefilms, including among others: the Humanitas-nominated Sins of the Father, the Sundance and Cannes Film Festival entry Redemption, the award-winningThe Pentagon Papers, and what was then the highest-rated program in FX history, 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout.
After his run at FX, prolific film producer, Joel Silver recruited him to become President of Silver’s eponymous television label at Warner Bros. During his stint, among a number of projects set up at broadcast networks, he developed and was the EP of the People’s Choice Award-winning CBS series, Moonlight.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Bocaccio was also the Executive Vice President of Production for Sid Sheinberg’s Universal-based The Bubble Factory. While there, he oversaw development and production of seven studio releases and two independent films of which he co-executive produced, Playing Mona Lisa and Bad Girls of Valley High.
Mr. Bocaccio started his career at Warner Bros. Television having worked on series the likes of China Beach, Murphy Brown, Life Goes On, and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., among others. He then went on to work with legendary producer Aaron Spelling where he helped develop Models Inc., Kindred, The Embraced, Savannah, and Madman of the People. While at Spelling TV, he was also involved with the Emmy Award-winning HBO film And the Band Played On and was instrumental in bringing to bear Sunset Beach, Spelling’s first foray into daytime TV.
In 2009 he launched Bocaccio FilmWorks and Consulting where in 2012 he led efforts over almost three years to build the first generation of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television. In addition to a full slate of development and two reality series pilots, he served as Co-EP on the Syfy series Stranded and the same on the 10-episode series at MTV, Eye Candy, starring Victoria Justice and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. He was also EP with Blum on the WeTV series South of Hell, created by Matt Lambert that Eli Roth executive produced and directed.
During this same period of consulting, he was brought on board to launch the Discovery Channel’s first foray into scripted programming and was credited as a Consulting Producer overseeing development and production of the six-hour event series Klondike. Written by Paul Scheuring and executive produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, the event miniseries starred Sam Shepherd, Tim Roth, Richard Madden, Abbie Cornish, and was directed by Simon Cellan Jones.
As an independent producer, Mr. Bocaccio has had a number of projects in development. Most recently, the half-hour road comedy at Amazon called Staying Brown, written by James Manos, Jr.; Corballymore, a one-hour series from Declan DeBarra set up at the BBC UK that he, along with Jason Blum, executive produced; and, Hard In America at FX, also with James Manos, Jr. He was an EP on the one-hour drama Normal, a pilot for Lifetime created by Michael Sardo that starred Carrie Ann Moss and was directed by Tim Busfield.
From 2011 until 2014, Mr. Bocaccio was an Associate Arts Professor at his alma mater, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, Mr. Bocaccio and his family reside in Los Angeles.