David Michael Petrou

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David Michael Petrou is a film producer, author and communications executive. In 2013, he served as Co-Executive Producer on Ronny & I.[1] Petrou wrote The Making of Superman[2] (Warner Books, 1978)[3] while he was part of the senior production team on the first two Superman[4] movies starring Christopher Reeve. His previous non-fiction book, Crossed Swords,[5] was about film making behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest, Hungary.[6] Petrou is also a nationally recognized accredited communications executive. He established and ran Eisner, Petrou & Associates,[7][8] with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and an office in Baltimore, Maryland,[9] from 1986 until 2005.[10]



M.A., English & Journalism, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

B.A., English, College of Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Petrou began his career in New York, NY as Associate Director of Public Relations at Ballantine Books, the paperback division of Random House.

Following three years in the publishing industry, Petrou worked for eight years in motion picture production and development. For three years, he worked at the Salkind Organization on the first two “Superman”[4] films, shot on location around the world and at Pinewood Studios outside London. He later worked for motion picture studio Warner Bros. in Los Angeles, where he was an executive consultant in production and marketing.

Petrou wrote "The Making of Superman: The Movie"[11]

Petrou returned to Washington, D.C., where he served as a director for the late Ambassador R. Sargent Shriver II and the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver at The Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation.

In 1986, he founded Eisner, Petrou and Associates, Inc.,[12] a full service communications agency based in Washington, DC,[7] where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer until 2005.[10]

Board and Advisory Councils[edit]

Member, Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board[13]

Member, Choral Arts Society of Washington Board[14]

Member, Washington Men’s Camerata Advisory Board

He is also a baritone singer with The Choral Arts Society of Washington.[15] Petrou participated in several recordings, including:

London Symphony Orchestra recording of Mahler “Symphony No.8,” Valery Gergiev, conductor.[16][17]

“Make Me Drunk with Your Kisses,” by Alexander Knaifel, composer; Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist; Norman Scribner, conductor[18]
“Of Rage and Remembrance,” by John Corrigliano, composer, Leonard Slatkin, conductor, with the National Symphony Orchestra.[19]  Grammy Award-winner for Best Classical Recording.[20][21]


Silver Anvil Award, Public Relations Society of America[22]

PRSA Best in Maryland Awards[23][23]


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2831440/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
  2. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Making-Superman-Movie-Michael-Petrou/dp/0446825654/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375899800&sr=8-1&keywords=making+of+superman
  3. ^ http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1497538.The_Making_Of_Superman_The_Movie
  4. ^ a b http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0678150/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.ca/Alexander-Salkind-presents-Crossed-swords/dp/0441678653
  6. ^ http://www.biblio.com/books/642405092.html
  7. ^ a b http://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/21/business/the-media-business-advertising-people.html
  8. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/1999/06/21/newscolumn4.html?page=3
  9. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2002/04/22/daily18.html
  10. ^ a b http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2005/02/07/story2.html?page=all
  11. ^ http://www.capedwonder.com/author-david-petrou/
  12. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/20/business/business-travel-coping-with-health-hazards-when-on-the-go.html?pagewanted=2
  13. ^ http://www.kennedy-center.org/states/state.cfm?state=DC
  14. ^ http://www.choralarts.org/Shop/Norman-Scribner-A-Lifetime-of-Music.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.choralarts.org/
  16. ^ lso.co.uk/3308/Mahler-Symphony.../-/LSO0669_Digital_Booklet.pdf
  17. ^ http://lso.co.uk/mahler-symphony-no-8
  18. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Make-Drunk-With-Your-Kisses/dp/B000000S8B
  19. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Corigliano-Symphony-No-1-Rage-Remembrance/dp/B000003G1M
  20. ^ http://www.grammy.com/nominees/search?artist=&field_nominee_work_value=&year=1996&genre=5
  21. ^ Grammy Award for Best Classical Album
  22. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2002/06/17/newscolumn3.html?page=3
  23. ^ a b http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2002/09/09/daily42.html