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Cassandra M. Bellantoni
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Cassandra M. Bellantoni is best described as a persuasive, artistic-driven
storyteller, field producer and professional chef, who wants to make the world a better place. Always with an eye on social justice,
protecting the environment and good karma, Bellantoni has the ability to immediately connect with anyone, putting them at ease to get the perfect sound byte or quote.

Bellantoni’s entrepreneurial employment history could be likened to a hummingbird that cross-pollinates a vibrant garden, always with a strong emphasis on sales, marketing and customer relationships.

Bellantoni’s diverse creative background began from the time she could stand on a stool next to her talented grandmother in the kitchen, at the easel, the piano or the pottery wheel, which influenced her to obtain a
degree in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco. With an extensive knowledge of both front-and
-back-of-the-house restaurant management, she opened her first restaurant, TaDelfinia, at age 24. The restaurant was a hit in Campbell, Calif., receiving awards and accolades for the healthy Mediterranean food and atmosphere, well before its time.

After owning and running restaurants, corporate food-service locations, catering companies and a cookie business, Cassandra changed her focus to film, video and television production, working as a producer with
two well-known Bay Area companies, Television Associates and Media Vista Productions (MVP), which served some of the most successful firms in Silicon Valley.

Bellantoni was on the advisory board of the De Anza College Film and TV department from 19982004. Just a year after being hired by MVP as a producer, Bellantoni purchased the company from its founder,
former NBC sports anchor Pete Liebengood, and continued to expand the business with Silicon Valley
companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and creating original content for TV.

In 1999 with rolling brown outs frequently occurring in California, Bellantoni took a complete detour and became director of sales and marketing of Harmony Solar, a family-owned solar electric business. Bellantoni
was responsible for the majority of Harmony Solar’s more than $5 million in annual photovoltaic sales and strategically partnered with top companies including Home Depot, SunPower, Solar Depot and BP Solar as
the emerging market began to boom.

Bellantoni moved to Los Angeles in 2010, starting over after a divorce and a successful fight against breast cancer, to pursue her dream of producing and writing for television. She currently works as a freelance field
producer and scriptwriter for Juris Productions, telling the stories of plaintiffs in high-dollar litigation cases. She also works on acting gigs and has a full-time sales job, while looking for the perfect place for her talents to shine.

Entries by Cassandra M. Bellantoni

Jane Seymour and James Keach Open Their Hearts Despite Divorce

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 2:01 PM

Just a few hours after the end of their 20-year marriage became public knowledge, Jane Seymour and James Keach hosted their 3rd Annual Open Hearts Foundation event, a non-profit charity organization, which donates funds to other groups doing important philanthropic work in the areas of health, sports, arts...

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Gangster Squad: An Extra's Take From Behind the Scenes

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 12:43 PM

The murderous shooting rampage in July of last year at a crowded Aurora, Colorado movie theater forced Warner Brothers to immediately pull the trailer running in theaters depicting an eerily similar scene from the upcoming film Gangster Squad. What I'm sure was a painful, expensive decision for Warner...

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Stars Align for Healing at Jane Seymour's "Open Hearts" Event

(7) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 4:55 PM

Jane Seymour's mom taught her that when you find yourself facing insurmountable challenges, if you help someone worse off than yourself, it will also help you. This simple, kind, philosophy is the root of the actress' "Open Hearts Foundation." Her nonprofit honored several charities last month at her...

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Hal Holbrook Honored at Actors Benefit

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 4:57 PM

Hal Holbrook was honored with the Julie Harris Award at the Actor's Fund 15th Annual Tony Award Viewing Party in Los Angeles on June 12, 2011. Previous recipients of the award have included Julie Harris, Rita Moreno, James Earl Jones, Lauren Bacall and Liza Minnelli.

The star-studded fundraising event was...

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Sophia Loren Inspires Women to Be Sexy and Age Gracefully

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 6:55 PM

I knew seeing Sophia Loren on the red carpet at the Academy Tribute was going to be a great and fortunate moment in my life, but I had no idea this iconic role model could still inspire me to feel good about being a woman now, at my age, the...

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Jane Seymour Opens Her Malibu Mansion For Charity

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 6:24 PM

I'm pretty sure that I'm the most cash-strapped person at the red carpet events I attend on a regular basis as a Los Angeles freelance reporter, but I do meet the coolest, most interesting people and once in awhile I even get dinner.

Such is the case when I was...

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Brain Expert: Turn off the TV and Let Giffords Sleep

(50) Comments | Posted January 15, 2011 | 12:02 PM

The nation's hopes soared for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when President Barack Obama reported at a memorial for the victims of the Tucson rampage that she'd opened her eyes, and after Nancy Pelosi witnessed Giffords follow her husband's commands. But a top neuro-scientist whose miraculous recovery from her own brain trauma...

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Chippity Doo Da! How I Got My Daughter to the White House Selling Cookies

(13) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 9:58 PM

Seeing Arianna Huffington in Beverly Hills the other night was a full circle moment for me. A year ago a Huffington Post Technology Editor (Jose) asked me to blog about collective consciousness and that was the first step on a writer's journey that brought me to Los Angeles. I felt...

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Cooking Up A Reality Show: Technology Meets 'Lights, Camera, Action'

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 11:47 AM

If you have to get something done with no time, money or concrete plan, there are two kinds of people you can always count on: chefs and video production pros. Throw in the latest technology and there is nothing they can't accomplish! Luckily for me I have solid roots and...

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Is Technology Turning Up The Terror?

(9) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 12:40 PM

Are we becoming a nation of fearful sissies? If you watch the news, listen to talk radio, read viral emails and comments on YouTube or even Facebook, it sure seems like that might be true. And it makes me wonder if technology is the cause of keeping the fear level...

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Did the BlackBerry Eat My Girlfriends?

(13) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 12:24 PM

I'm the first to love technology when it brings us together, promoting understanding, lifting the level of our collective consciousness and helping us realize the best of our humanity. But in this era of instant communication, I'm still finding contact doesn't always equal connection.

Technology in the suburbs seems...

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Why I Won't Be Saying "Twenty Ten"

(5) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 3:38 AM

Twenty ten. It's grammatically correct and no doubt rolls off the tongue easily. If I wouldn't have read my friend Alastair's Facebook posting, I'd probably be saying it too, but I have decided unequivocally that from now on I'll be saying "two thousand ten" instead and here's why -- Alastair...

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Season's Tweetings for The Holidays?

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 5:56 PM

Are you tweeting your good cheer this year? Putting up Facebook photos for those long distance relatives? Are you sending email Christmas cards to save paper, postage, time, the world? I love to hear from friends, so thank you all for the cat playing jazz piano holiday tunes, really! Yes,...

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A Dream Dreamed For All of Us

(15) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 4:08 PM

What if Albert Einstein had a computer in elementary school? What if Ghandi had followers on Twitter throughout the world? What if Mozart had Garage Band on his Mac? What if Confucius had a blog? Imagine Leonardo Da Vinci with Photoshop? Or Socrates with a talk show? These brilliantly influential...

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