Lorenzo Castellano, the television author of “Big Brother” and “Domenica In” died was 58 years old

IS died at 58 the television author Lorenzo Castellano, signature of Big Brother, Sunday In and reality TV The mole. The son of art had a tumor that gave him no escape. During his career he worked alongside Pippo Baudo, Enrico Montesano, Giancarlo Magalli, Teo Mammuccari, Lorella Cuccarini and Tiberio Timperi.

Lorenzo Castellano died of lymphoma diagnosed a few months ago

Television author, screenwriter and director Lorenzo Castellano died at the age of 58 in Rome following a lymphoma he was diagnosed with months ago. The funeral took place this morning in the Roman church of Sant’Agnese. Born in the capital on February 19, 1963, he was a ‘son of art’: his father was Franco Castellano (1925-1999), director and screenwriter who with Giuseppe Moccia (1933-2006) formed the couple known as ‘Castellano and Pipolo’. And one of the first to pay homage was another son of art on social media, the writer, screenwriter and director Federico Moccia, the son of ‘Pipolò: “Lorenzo Castellano helped me every now and then to play chess, to try to improve but he smiled seeing that it was a rather useless attempt.

But he did it with affection, sympathy and above all patience and tranquility, his most special qualities. With him I shared a thousand adventures, the first away matches in Lazio with our parents, Castellano and Pipolo, and then many beautiful projects together including the great success of ‘Quelli del College’. He greeted us with that same serenity that distinguished him from many ».

Lorenzo Castellano began working in the entertainment world in 1982 as assistant director for the film “Grand Hotel Excelsior”, one of the box office hits by Castellano and Pipolo. In 1989 he was director and author, together with Federico Moccia, of the television series “College” with Federica Moro broadcast by Italia 1. In 1991 he was the author of the plays in Pippo Baudo’s «Domenica in» and in 1992 the author of the early evening games “Here we are!?!” hosted by Gigi Sabani on Raiuno. Screenwriter of the film “Panarea” (1996), in 1997 he was among the authors of “Fantastico Enrico”, a variety of Raiuno’s Saturday evening conducted first by Enrico Montesano and then by Giancarlo Magalli. After 2000 he concentrated his activity in the field of reality television. From 2001 to 2006 he was the author of the daytime of “Il Grande Fratello” 2,3,4,5, broadcast on Canale 5. In 2005 he is the author of the Raiuno reality show “Back to the present”; in 2006 the author of reference for Arizona and finalizer of the daytime strip of the Rai2 reality “Wild West”; in 2007 he is the author of «Distraction» conducted by Teo Mammucari on Italia1. In 2008 he was the author and finalizer of the daytime strip of the reality “La Talpa 3” on Italia1. In 2009 he was among the authors of “Do you want to dance with me?”, A talent show presented by Lorella Cuccarini on Skyuno. Between 2012 and 2013 he is the author of “Italian actors and stars”, editions 1 and 2, a program hosted by Tiberio Timperi on Rai Premium. In 2013 he was the author of “Cinetalk”, a talk on cinema hosted by Francesca Fialdini on Rai Movie. Lorenzo Castellano was also a great chess enthusiast. He was president of the Roman Chess Academy from June 2017 to May 2019 and then vice president.

“Lorenzo has always considered the Academy his second home – reads a communiqué of condolence – He passionately dedicated himself to teaching chess, participated with great intelligence in the organization of competitive activities and in the life of our Association and he took part with commitment in tournaments and all our other initiatives. Also noteworthy is the title of International Master achieved in correspondence games. The president, the councilors and all our members huddle close to his wife, Maria Rosaria, and his two children ».


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Lorenzo Castellano, the television author of “Big Brother” and “Domenica In” died was 58 years old

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