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S9 Ep1: Michelangelo Revealed

Learn About The Producers

Learn about the producers, director, and writer of Michelangelo Revealed for Secrets of the Dead on PBS.

Fabrizio RuggirelloFabrizio Ruggirello, Director

Fabrizio Ruggirello got his start with Maya inn (1989), a documentary produced in Guatemala, and America (1994), a film with Julian Sands which screened at the Human Rights Worldwide Conference in Vienna – in addition to many other international festivals. Since then he has worked as a director on many commercials, video clips, short films, and documentary features – winning in 2003 the prize for Best Director at the MEI Videoclip Awards. In 2006 Ruggirello directed the documentary short “Lu’ makes no miracles,” which won the First Prize as Best Italian Short Film at the Rome Independent Film Festival, as well as the Kodak Prize. That summer, in cooperation with the Roberto Rossellini Italian Foundation, Ruggirello started work on a documentary called Rossellini, a different view, which involved many people who worked together with the famous Italian filmmaker including crew and assistants. In 2007 he stared on L’eretico, a film documentary based on the life of the Italian heretic Dolcino. L’eretico was produced by Ruggifilm, Full Moon Films, the Torino Film Commission and Regione Piemonte. Rugirello lives and works in Rome.

Marco Visalberghi, Producer

Marco Visalberghi has worked as a producer and director since 1969. Since 1980 he has collaborated with the RAI’s flagship science magazine series Superquark. In 1988 he founded Paneikon Productions and worked as its Managing Director and Executive Producer. His vision led Paneikon into the International market of science and technology as well as nature and wildlife documentary filmmaking. In 1999 he founded DocLab Productions and acts as its Managing Director. His passion for his work leads him to constantly seek the combination of technical innovation, creative talent and a good story for the audience. Over the last years DocLab has worked regularly with well-known broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, NOVA/WGBH, Nature-WNET, WDR in Germany, NHK in Japan as well as the Italian national networks RAI and Mediaset.

Vania Del Borgo, Writer

Vania Del Borgo is a Rome-based producer with many years’ experience in the UK where she worked as an independent producer and director until 1999 mainly for Channel 4. Among her UK credits are Dead West: The War on the American Desert (1994), The Hanged Man: Nigeria’s Shame (1995), An Open Letter to India (1996), Letters from America (1997) and Love Me Tender (1999). In Italy she has worked as a producer/director for the RAI’s thematic satellite channel RAI SAT ART and for the current affairs documentary series C’era una volta, broadcast by RAI Tre. In 2002 she joined Doclab, an independent production company, as a development producer. In 2004 she produced and co-wrote the feature-length documentary Excellent Cadavers for BBC Storyville and France 2, YLE, SBS, ORF.  In 2005 she produced and directed On Assignment for Mussolini for RAI Tre and History Channel Italy. In 2006 she co-wrote The Rosselli Files and in 2007/8 she wrote Michelangelo Revealed.

Jared Lipworth, Executive Producer & Director, Science Programs, THIRTEEN

As director of science programs, Mr. Lipworth is responsible for commissioning and executive producing all science programs produced by Thirteen’s Science, Natural History and Features department. Current projects in production or development include Secrets of the Dead VI and VII, The Human Spark, Ground War, Curious II and more. Recently completed projects include The Mysterious Human Heart, Curious, Warplane and Secrets of the Dead V.

Prior to becoming executive producer and then director of science programs, Mr. Lipworth was the series producer for the department’s technology series, Innovation. He also served as series producer for the Emmy-nominated Secrets of the Dead III and coordinating producer for many of the department’s projects, including Warrior Challenge, Secrets of the Pharaohs, the Emmy Award-winning Frontier House and The Secret Life of the Brain, Warship, Taxi Dreams, Echoes From The White House and Savage Planet. In 2003, Mr. Lipworth was nominated for a writing Emmy for Secrets of the Dead: Mystery of the Black Death. Additional credit at Thirteen include post-production producer for The American President and 1900 House, and production assistant for Savage Seas, On The Trail of Mark Twain, The Great Balloon Race and Stories of Lupus.

Before arriving at Thirteen, Mr. Lipworth produced, directed and edited In the Footsteps of the Black Rhino for the BBC’s Animal Zone. He received his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from New York University, where he won the award for academic excellence, and he received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Cornell University.

See what Executive Producer Jared Lipworth has to say about this episode on the Inside THIRTEEN blog.