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Cassandra M. Bellantoni

Freelance Writer, Field Producer, Aspiring Screenwriter, Paleo Chef, Pantheism Priestess, Actress, Queen of Wands, Mother Nature's Angel, Lover of Bees & Christina Bellantoni's mom.

Cassandra M. Bellantoni is best described as a persuasive, artistic-driven<br /> storyteller, field producer and professional chef, who wants to make the world a better place. Always with an eye on social justice,<br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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<br /> degree in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco. With an extensive knowledge of both front-and<br /> -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.<br /> <br /> 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<br /> two well-known Bay Area companies, Television Associates and Media Vista Productions (MVP), which served some of the most successful firms in Silicon Valley. <br /> <br /> 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,<br /> former NBC sports anchor Pete Liebengood, and continued to expand the business with Silicon Valley<br /> companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and creating original content for TV.<br /> <br /> 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<br /> 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<br /> the emerging market began to boom.<br /> <br /> 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<br /> 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.