Gazzale joined the Institute in 1992 and has held various positions including Director, AFI National Programs in New York and Director, AFI Productions in Los Angeles. He has served as writer and producer of the AFI Life Achievement Award telecasts for twelve years and was a principal in the team that created, produced and wrote the AFI’S 100 YEARS… series, which has driven millions of people back to the classics of American film. He also created the format for AFI AWARDS, the Institute’s annual almanac of excellence, as well as the popular "AFI Night at the Movies."
A native Californian, Gazzale is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he helped to launch the Virginia Festival of American Film in 1988. Gazzale served as Director of the festival until 1992, producing over 200 events with a focus on bringing together notables from academia and entertainment and honoring film icons like James Stewart, Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston.
- AFI Pressroom 2007 The Board also announced it had named Firstenberg, President-Emeritus and a Lifetime Trustee. "Bob Gazzale is a young man with great knowledge and respect for film and television history," said Firstenberg. "He also has the vision and the ...
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