Jerry DiCanio Opening Doors


Time and time again I am told how important it is to network and make the connections that will one day prove to be invaluable. So, when we sat at a large conference table at NBCUniversal and Jerry DiCanio, Executive VP of Production Operations at NBCUniversal, walked into the room, I became overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude that the Villanova network is creating for me. This is a man who is at the top of one of the largest and most successful entertainment companies in the world, and he is sitting next to me trying to help me find my path. Simply put, wow.

Our time at NBCUniversal started with an introduction to Jerry DiCanio’s journey from his education at Villanova University to his current position at NBCUniversal. As he detailed, his roller coaster ride to his current position was filled with dedication, hard work and tenacity to the overall process of production. There is plenty you can extrapolate on DiCanio’s positions and achievements from the Internet, but after sitting with the man for some time, I saw why he has earned his accolades.

His non-stop attitude and attention to dedication is evident in the man who he hired out of Villanova, Tom Glover. Tom now works on the finance end of NBCUniversal and graduated from Villanova with a degree in Economics. DiCanio saw the man Tom was, rooted in hard work and good personality, and knew he was a fit for the company. Of course, DiCanio was right. The lesson I take from DiCanio is that if you want to make it in the entertainment industry, you need to make it. To detail, the entertainment industry is not a place for the weak of heart, but rather for the people who feel they need to be a part of it and execute whatever task they must to do so. This is not a new realization for me, especially coming from Villanova, but it is reassuring to hear from the Executive Vice President of Production Operations, Jerry DiCanio.

As our day continued, we saw the grounds of NBCUniversal. From the back lot to the front lot, we got a taste of it all. We sat in a sound mixing room and heard from the Chief Engineer of Post-Production at NBCUniversal, Jeff Taylor. We were then taken through the back lot, seeing the sets and then the prop and costume house. There, we saw just how large, organized and detail-oriented NBCUniversal is, and it was inspiring.

Simply put, this company is entertainment. And to think, we would not have had access to any of it, if it were not for the strength of our Villanova network. Go Cats.