21 October 1957 |
Ealing, London, England
|Occupation||Television director, film director, theatrical producer, line producer, television producer, film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Ferrand (1995-present)|
|Awards||2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing of Comedy, Entertainment or variety Show. Nominated for Grammy Award, 1994, for 'Best Live Performance of Year' for 'Bon Jovi: Live in London.|
Picheta has worked alongside some of entertainment's greatest and most famed names, such as Ian McKellen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Michael Flatley, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Prince, U2, Donny Osmond and many more, ranging from music stars following his involvement in directed music videos near the beginning of his career, to drama and entertainment names due to his directing and producing of drama and musicals from 1995-onwards. His musical-to-film productions include Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats and The Merchant of Venice.
Picheta's musicals and entertainment shows have bought him credit and saw him nominated for an Emmy Award in 2004 for directing Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, a biographical film documenting the star's career. In 1996 Picheta was nominated for a Grammy for directing Bon Jovi's concert at Wembley Stadium the previous year. Picheta is known for his affiliation with rock band Bon Jovi, for whom he has also directed several music videos. In 2011, he produced Michael Forever, a tribute concert to Michael Jackson held in Cardiff.
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Picheta produced Bon Jovi: Live from London, which took place at Wembley Stadium, though he has also directed Bon Jovi videos. He then filmed theatre productions, notably those of Andrew Lloyd Webber's, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, and Cats. He also produced the 1999 musical version of Oklahoma!, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Trevor Nunn. In 1998 and 1999 Picheta directed and produced three musicals,[where?] (Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoatand Oklahoma!), as well as the Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration. Picheta produced The Merchant Of Venice in 2001 and then producing the film version of Kiss Me, Kate, which had previously ran for 1,077 stage performances. In 2004, he was nominated for an Emmy Award, for his directing of Elaine Stritch at Liberty, a biographical film of the stage star Elaine Stritch, documenting her career and personal life.
In early 2008, Picheta was line producer in the latest television adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The film featured in Channel 4's Christmas line-up, screened in the evening of Christmas Day.
Picheta was born in Ealing, west London in the late 1950s. He attended Gunnersbury Grammar School before attending Harrow Film School. He used to own and manage Muckrach Lodge Hotel and Restaurant with his spouse Rebecca Ferrand from March 2007 until late 2013.
Awards & Reviews
Picheta was nominated for a Grammy Award for 'Best Live Performance of the Year' for his work on Bon Jovi: Live in London, a concert hosted a Wembley Stadium, the ceremony was hosted in New York City.
In 2004, Picheta was again nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for his work on 'Elaine Stritch: Live at Liberty'. The ceremony was hosted in Los Angeles, and Picheta took home the award
Matt Tobey of Allmovie said Picheta's 1998 production of [scat "captures all the music and movement of the original stage production with an uncommon intimacy and depth."
'Oklahoma!' received successful reviews after it was released in 1999 and on DVD in 2003. Alex Vasqeut of 'FilmNow' said Picheta's performance as director on 'Manheim Steamroller' was brilliant. "Picheta combined a festive spirit with a gripping tale and managed to portray both masterfuly."
||Elaine Stritch: At Liberty|
||The Christmas Angel: A Story on Ice|
||Kiss Me Kate|
||Anthea Turner Body Basics|
||Michael Forever – The Tribute Concert|
||Kiss Me, Kate|
||The Merchant of Venice (line producer)|
||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat|
||Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration|
||Lord of the Dance|
||Bon Jovi: Live From London|
- Terrace, Vincent (3 September 2010). The Year in Television, 2009: A Catalog of New and Continuing Series, Miniseries, Specials and TV Movies. McFarland. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5844-8. Retrieved 24 September 2011.