Vincent Panettiere was not born in a trunk at the Princess Theatre in Pocatello, Idaho, but in Brooklyn, New York.
He graduated from St. John’s University and went to graduate school at Boston University’s School of Public Communication. After college, he became a sports writer for the wire service United Press International (UPI) and later wrote for the Boston Herald, a major daily newspapers in that city before Rupert Murdochized it.
After holding executive positions at Westinghouse Broadcasting, CBS and Xerox he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a screen writer. One script was optioned by Twentieth Century Fox, but not produced. Three other projects were optioned by now defunct production companies and also not produced.
He became a licensed and bonded literary agent representing writers and directors in television and films. He made deals for writers and directors on TV series (Xena, The Untouchables, Babylon 5, etc.); two independent features were produced; numerous indie/MOW film scripts were sold as well. He also had a client’s book published and another’s play produced.
During the same time, Panettiere was certified by the Major League Baseball Player’s Association (MLBPA) to serve as an agent for major league and professional baseball players. Clients he represented played in the major leagues for the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals.
Objecting to the standard means of financing independent films, Panettiere sought non-traditional funding for his writer/director clients. His journey through the murky world of cyberspace was chronicled in the book The Internet Financing Illusion published in 2007. There is more information about that and other books on the website www.vincentpanettiere.com.
Following his non-fiction look at the dark-side of the internet, Panettiere wrote the novels: A Woman to Blame, These Thy Gifts, The Scopas Factor, The Music of Women and Shared Sorrows. All can be purchased where fine books are sold.
He is currently writing his sixth novel.
Panettiere continues to live in Los Angeles and, while not born there, has had dinner in Pocatello, Idaho.