DON DiPIETRO is a senior executive for broadcast, cable, and Internet ventures with particular focus in emerging technology, multi-channel networks, media production and post-production, digital rights management, commoditized trading systems, and third-party secure file management.
As EVP of Information Assurance Corporation. Mr. DiPietro was instrumental in building the world’s first digital Notary Public system. His direct responsibilities included platform development, IP strategy, and stakeholder relations. Prior to IACorp, Mr. DiPietro served as President and CEO of NetColonies, Inc.; as SrVP Business Development for Matchcraft, Inc. launching one of the first exchange-based trading platforms for on line advertising; as Executive Producer of the eMerica Programming Channel for MGM/UA; and Senior Producer atNBC Digital Productions where he created Access Hollywood’s Big Break Contest – the first live, interactive on-line beauty competition (six years before Facebook).
As President and co-founder of Los Angeles-based VSI/VidStrip, Inc. Mr. DiPietro and his team provided production, marketing, and media oversight for over sixty million dollars of production spending across a dozen Fortune 500 clients including Paramount, Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers, ABC, CBS, Verizon/USWest, and Hong Kong Cable Communications, personally representing HKCC before the Hong Kong Legislative Council in the client’s successful bid for its territorial cable franchise. For GTE’s Advanced Operations & Testing Division, he was instrumental in the launch and rapid growth of Center Screen, a pioneering VOD system in Southern California.
Mr. DiPietro received an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and a BFA from CalArts where he was a student and protégé of noted film director/educator Alexander Mackendrick. Mr. DiPietro was a founding member of Cable Positive, the cable industry’s AIDS organization and a guest of the Future Leaders Society at the Aspen Institute. He has been an invited lecturer at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, published articles on technology and media issues, appeared on radio and television and spoken at industry events. in 2006, he was honored as the Man Of The Year by the Media Entertainment Technology Alliance in Los Angeles.
Mr. DiPietro lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.