(Photography by Luciana Pampalone (www.lucianapampalonestudios.com/)
Lucia Kaiser is a two-time Emmy Award-winning Producer, Philanthropist, and Speaker. Her career in the entertainment industry began at the age of 19, when she became the first female Talent Booker for the Johnny Carson Show. After a successful career working for NBC, Lucia went on to establish the first all-women Advertising Agency in New York City entitled Venus. Her exciting career on Madison Avenue exposed Lucia to professionals from all walks of life. She was soon offered the position to become the President of Studio Film Exchange, an organization that purchases and markets award-winning documentary films.
Amid her flourishing film career in New York City, while on a leisurely trip in Hong Kong, Lucia was persuaded by the martial arts legend Bruce Lee to run his film company. After much deliberation, Lucia left New York City, to serve as the only female President of Bruce Lee's film company in Hong Kong. She successfully oversaw the production and distribution of some of Lee's most famous films, including negotiating a distribution deal with Warner Brothers for the worldwide box office hit "Enter The Dragon."
During a trip across Europe, Lucia met her husband, and together they moved from Germany to the islands of Hawaii. Shortly after her arrival, Lucia dove right back into show biz, working on various productions for NBC and CBS. However, Lucia's career reached new heights when she accepted a position as the only female General Manager at Hawaii's KGU Radio. Among many notable productions, Lucia aggressively worked feverishly to secure the first-ever live remote broadcast of the Larry King Show in Honolulu, Hawaii. It turned out to be the highest rated "live" remote of the Larry King Show in the U.S. and Canada.
Coming from humble beginnings, Lucia has always had a passion for giving back. While tirelessly producing radio shows, she actively organized fundraisers for organizations such as Partnership for the Homeless, Hawaii Symphony, Girl Scouts of America, and Hawaii Theatre. Lucia decided to engage Mikhail Baryshnikov to come give a one-time special performance in Hawaii, and from it, she reached her goal to raise enough funds to finance a ballet school for the children of Hawaii. As a result of her fundraising efforts, Lucia became the Democratic Chairperson during both terms of President Bill Clinton's administration.
In addition to her endeavors in the entertainment industry, Lucia has been a keynote speaker at notable venues including the United Nations. She was asked to speak on film financing at the Venice Film Festival. In addition, Lucia was a motivational speaker. Lucia continues to engage in the socio-political landscape of our times. Most notably with Destiny Rescue, which is a non-profit organization devoted to saving young children from sex trafficking all over the world, including in Cambodia, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. She continues to champion the cause of fighting sex trafficking.
Over the most recent years, Lucia has been a member of New York Theatre Works, which provides many young and upcoming writers, directors, producers, and actors with the opportunity to get their work exposed to top professionals in the entertainment industry.
The feature film Lucia is presently producing is "Vincent". She is so honored and thrilled to announce that her dear friend for many years, Barry Navidi (Al Pacino's producing partner) will also be a Producer. In addition, Bonnie Timmerman will be Casting and Co-Producing. They will be talking to Directors in September, with a finished script.
"The Dark Side of the American Dream"
With impossible odds against him Vincent Vinci journeys into the twisted and seductive world of undertaker John Harvey. Unable to fulfill his desire to live a better life, he moves on to the illusive New York art scene. Seduced by what appears to be a luxurious, yet lethal lifestyle, he finds himself caught in a cobweb of corruption that leads to his downfall. This film is set in rarified worlds, centering around a character whose flaws and longings belong to us all.
The movie is inspired by true events and the book "Framed" written by Tod Volpe of his journey from humble beginnings through the funeral business, the art world, Hollywood, and prison.
Lucia's illustrious career is only matched with her daring and fun nature. She loves to dance - Salsa to be specific. She is a lover of music and musicians and was once a professional surfer and champion of slalom water skiing. She has raced motorcycles, while living in Bangkok, and has over 33 escapade jumps in the unbelievably fascinating book of her life which is presently being written. She has lived in Europe, Australia, Egypt, South America, Thailand, Hong Kong, New York City, and of course, Hawaii. Lucia became renowned for throwing lavish parties attended by the Hollywood elite. This included two parties that she and her husband Steffan threw for Tina Turner when she came to perform her first and only concert in Honolulu. Robin Leach, of the television show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" covered both parties and proclaimed Lucia had thrown the party of the year worldwide.
Lucia's recent awards for her philanthropic efforts include:
AFI World Peace Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
at Cannes Film Festival
for Contribution to Film, TV & Humanitarian
(This is the highest honour from the organization and was approved by
HRH Princess Angelique Ademiposi Monet and Honorary Board Members)
(July 13, 2021)
(July 2021 - Cannes, France)
Davos Honoree of Davos 100 Most Influential Women in America
Evolutionist Award for Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy and Leadership
in Pioneering Women in the Business Entertainment Industry
(Presented by Heritage India Fashions and Kiss The Monkey/Kiss The Mermaids)
The Lifetime Achievement Humanitarian Award from GEM
(Global Empowerment Movement Organization - at The United Nations (March 15, 2019)
HBO Legacy Award
(for her role as President of Bruce Lee's Film Company in Hong Kong)
The World Chinese Culture and Arts Foundation's Spirit and Cultural Harmony Award
(for being the only female President of Bruce Lee's Film Company
in Hong Kong for two years)
Lifetime Achievement - Paying It Forward Award
(awarded at The Yale Club)
Lifetime Achievement - Project Paying It Forward Award
(awarded at Wall Street)