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SERGIO

SERGIO

Sergio started as a journalist in post-WWII Milan. At that time his major interests were the two great revolutions: Soviet’s Socialism and China’s Communism. So, when after a time spent in London he was offered the position of Moscow correspondent, he gladly packed and went. He was the first Italian correspondent there. Back to Italy three years later, he works as foreign correspondent and, among other things, covers the Algerian War; takes part in the first commercial round-the-world flight; follows Krushev in his memorable 1959 trip to the U.S.; and covers the 1965 U.S. invasion of Santo Domingo. In 1965, he leaves the newspapers and starts collaborating with the News Department of RAI, the Italian State’s TV network, where he develops documentaries and reportages and starts experimenting with different TV formats. Labeled as politically unreliable for his critical stances, he is removed from the News Department and given a position at Prix Italia, an international TV competition. There, Sergio connects with peers working in European TV stations who, like him, are exploring new formats. In 1977 they found INPUT – the International Public TV conference. From 1990 on, he retires from RAI and dedicates himself full time to INPUT. There, Sergio was the International Program Coordinator, but he was better known for his informal role of “Agent provocateur”. He defended the non-competitive nature of the conference and worked hard to promote diversity. Up to his 87th birthday he conducted workshops with filmmakers in Asia and Africa and followed his two greatest passions: traveling and talking to as many people as possible.

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