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Multi-media Entrepreneur Andrew Guidone

Published by The New York Sun on 2005-01-24

Since his high schools days in Brooklyn, Andrew Guidone, now 28, wanted to be a director, producer, and video artist. "I always knew that was my calling," he said yesterday. "I guess I have been relentless about my ambition."

His ambition resulted in the creation of Python/Aquarius Productions, a film and video production company in Tribeca. Since his graduation in 1998 from the prestigious School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Mr. Guidone has done production, camerawork and editing for the Discovery Channel Networks, Travel Channel, the Food Network, Sony Music, Morgan Stanley, and the American Institute of Architects. He has done editing for a new PBS educational series entitled "Character Studies," featuring celebrities such as Olympia Dukakis, Phylicia Rashad, and Stephen Sondheim. Besides his corporate videos, Mr. Guidone has directed hip-hop videos for artists such as Jeru the Damaja and Donny Hoffa for Black Entertainment Television (BET).

His video art work has been showcased at the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, among other places. Mr. Guidone is a recipient of the 1996 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences College Awards (the same organization that awards the Primetime and West Coast Emmys). And he is also the host of a local cable series, "Arts Insight," featuring New York neighborhood artists; his show was recently featured on London Weekend Television.

So what does it take to make in it New York? Mr. Guidone's response: "It takes dogged persistence. It's about sharpening network skills. And in the rapidly changing media world, it's also a matter of adaptation."

Pranay Gupte,
Senior Writer and Global-Affairs Columnist

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