Producer to lead NYU film program

Pichirallo named chair of undergraduate film, TV program

Producer Joe Pichirallo has been named chair of the undergraduate film and television program at NYU’s Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.

Pichirallo will succeed Lamar Sanders, who stepped down after six years.

“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 to our industry,” he said.

Pichirallo, who will join the faculty with the additional title of arts professor, will assume his post in the fall.

After working as a reporter for the Washington Post, Pichirallo started his film career at HBO Pictures and later joined Fox as one of the original executives to set up its Searchlight division, where he rose to the rank of senior VP and worked on pics including “One Hour Photo,” “Quills” and “Antwone Fisher.” He later served as exec VP at Focus Features and was head of the feature film unit at Overbrook Entertainment, where his credits included “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Lakeview Terrace.” He most recently served as head of feature film production for the Gold Co.

He has taught at the American Film Institute for the past 14 years and also at Chapman U. and UCLA.