Vincent Cirrincione is the definition of “self made man”. Born in Brooklyn from humble beginnings there was no easy path to success, but he always knew he had a passion from early in life for the entertainment business. That passion was not as a performer, but as a leader, the person who made things happen. […]
Brooklyn, Ebbets Field, and John Kennedy
Vincent Cirrincione was born in Brooklyn on May 31st, 1947. He grew up in a row house on Avenue U in Marine Park, raised by his Italian grandparents. As a 10 year old in December 1957, Vincent remembers working at his grandparents’ grocery store and going to visit Ebbets Field with his friends. Unable to […]
The Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Ham Sandwiches
The Vietnam War was in full swing after Vincent graduated. He had a 3-A deferment, as he was his mother’s caregiver, but gave it up and entered the draft. His number was never called so he went in search of employment. He worked in the back room of investment firm White, Weld & Co. on […]
The Godfather of Fusion and Beats
Vincent found himself at the right place, at the right time when Fusion Jazz was born. He was promoting avant garde singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist visual artist Captain Beefheart and needed an opening act for their show at 66 and Second Ave Theater NYC (the Anderson Theater). Vincent had heard great buzz about Larry Coryell, who […]
Win in NY Supreme Court
Vincent was a champion of a fair deal. He and his business partner challenged Vanguard Records reserve clause in Larry Coryell’s contract, and won, allowing Larry to sign with another label.
Borrowed $400 to Start Business from a Closet
Vincent made cold calls, before Breakdown Services, to get entre into the TV business, working out of a small closet in his friend’s Doug Yeager’s apartment in New York, at 8th and 54th, across from Studio 54. The path is getting clearer.
Helping the Teens in Peter Pan
Vincent worked with a talent management agency for kids and traveled, as a guardian, with several of the teenagers featured in Peter Pan starring Sandy Duncan. Through the process, he gained insight into the production and management world. He stuck up for the actors and actresses because of their poor accommodations while they were on […]
Pittsburgh Leads to Another World
Vincent Cirrincione flew to Pittsburgh to meet with Donna Belajac, a casting director for TV and film, and offered a free seminar to aspiring young actors and actresses on how to break into television and commercials. He met former ice skater Julie Benz, and beauty pageant contestant Sandra Ferguson this way. He helped Sandra land […]
Halle Berry & Vincent Cirrincione
By the time that Halle Berry was able to contact Vincent Cirrincione about the role, it had already been cast. Vincent helped Halle land an audition for the show “The Living Dolls”, which was a spin-off of “Who’s The Boss” and Halle was chosen for her tenacity and talent.
Vincent Cirrincione Associates Opens The LA Office
In 1991 Vincent opened an office an LA to be close to the West coast entertainment business. In 1993 he needed to have a base in LA because he was spending most of his time there. He kept his New York office and a small staff there for his NY clients.
Halle’s first notable role was as the crack addict Vivian in Jungle Fever, directed by Spike Lee. This film portrays the triumphs and trials of interracial love through the primary story starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. Vincent helped persuade Spike to cast Halle against type for the role.
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
It actually took years to introduce Dorothy Dandridge, the film starring and produced alongside Halle Berry. The idea came from a 1988 industry birthday party where a friend mentioned that Dandridge would be the perfect vehicle for Vince to produce for his client Halle Berry. Dandridge’s story is compelling as the first African-American woman to […]
The Last Producer and Burt Reynolds
Vincent Cirrincione helped obtain financing for the feature film “The Last Producer” written by his client, Clyde Hayes. This comedy/action drama depicts the life of an aging veteran, old school producer who realizes he is soon to be forgotten in his beloved entertainment industry. He must get a movie produced by any means necessary, even […]
Ruben and Lackawanna Blues
The story of Vincent and Ruben should be a novel waiting to happen. Ruben Santiago-Hudson met Vincent early in both of their careers. This manager/talent relationship is a long and rare one in the entertainment business. Vince did indeed have many long-standing relationships with his clients. Loyalty, trust and patience are ever important. Ruben had […]
Lackawanna Blues…The Movie
The play was a hit and a movie version was the next logical step. Vince and creator Ruben Santiago-Hudson both wanted HBO. The HBO NY team seemed to have no interest. Borrowing a page from entertainment industry history, like Mickey Rooney’s “Babes in Arms”, Vincent produced a two-night run of the play in Los Angeles […]
The Whitest Kids U’Know
Vince was an Executive Producer for this comedy sketch show alongside Tobie Hagerty, who managed and ran Vince’s NY office. This TV series ran from 2007-2011 on Fuse and IFC. The comedy troupe, consisting of comedians Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumeter, preformed 15-minute sketches that left audiences crying with […]
Frankie & Alice
A client-based project for Halle Berry, it took over 10 years to bring this movie to the screen. A friend of Vincent’s had the option for the story but it was difficult to finance as art house movies were hard to get made at the time. The original financing fell through, but Vincent found another […]
Supremacy from Short to Feature
Vincent Cirrincione’s client, actor and emerging director Tonya Boyd brought Vincent a short film and asked him to produce. “Supremacy” is a tense drama with a racial landscape that rings true today. The short was well received and unfortunately Ms. Boyd suffered a stroke before feature filming could begin. Years later, Vincent brought together director […]
Seasons of Love
Vincent Cirrincione wanted to join the production because of the positive message and the opportunity for five women of color to work in every facet of the film, on both sides of the camera. The feature was brought to Vincent by up and coming director Princess Monique and Taraji Henson co-produced and took a supporting […]
Die Another Day
This movie is the reason Vincent Cirrincione gets into Royal Albert Hall and sits in the Queen’s box. Vince was invited as Halle Berry’s guest to the world premier in London. The audience was a mix of royals, celebrities, and VIPs from arts, politics, and more. Halle starred as the love interest of James Bond […]