Marie Pizano, a native Chicagoan, has called Memphis, Tennessee home since 1999. Marie has served on several charitable organizations since moving to the Bluff City. She served as a board member of the International Children’s Foundation and the Women’s Foundation for Greater Memphis, and The Commission on Missing & Exploited Children. She was co-founder of the Tiara Tea Society and was the Chair for Go Red for Women. And created and chaired an event called, “ROCK FOR HOPE” for St. Jude.
During her late teenage years, Pizano worked as an aerobic instructor and fitness trainer. She entered into many fitness and beauty pageants that awarded her college scholarships. After graduating from T.F. North High School, she survived a life-changing motorcycle accident, to then attend, South Suburban Junior College for business accounting. She freelanced as a model and actress, then attended the Columbia College for Communications to learn hands-on, film direction, lighting and television presence. To further her experience in business, while attending college, she worked at law firms and worked in the Commodities & Trading industry for over 10 years. She has a financial background and was mentored by Times Magazine “Father of Futures” and one of the most “Influential People in Finance”, Richard L. Sandor.
After moving to Memphis, TN she further her studies in Fitness & Nutrition. From her experience as an actor and model, she advanced her skills behind the camera to co-produce several local TV shows in Memphis, to then, create and produce “Girls Night Out” with award-winning film director, Steven Boyle and partnered with FoodTv Network host, Chase Ramsey which will go into production early 2018. In 2012, Pizano began became executive producer of the multi award-winning documentary, “MOMO: The Sam Giancana Story“. Since 2005, Pizano has managed and produced several singer/songwriters. Under the guidance of Pam Lewis, former manager for Garth Brooks, she began learning the music industry while managing the Mulch Brothers, to then sign them with Savannah Music Group in Nashville. She then became an agent for award-winning songwriter, Billy Falcon, to then tour with Bon Jovi. After meeting and mentored by award-winning singer-songwriter, Kenny Loggins, Pizano created UROC music & publishing company to build a music publishing catalog. With her vision to expand, and her knowledge of finance, she invested in the Nashville based, Savannah Music Group Publishing. In 2010, she formed MVP3 Entertainment Group. Under the umbrella, along with UROC Music & publishing company, she formed Zazu & Valentina talent agency and JND Films, LLC. Pizano launched a TV Show called, “The MVP3 TV SHOW: The Making of an Empire” that aired every Sunday on CW30 – Memphis. She produced, directed and choreographed several music videos.
She is the author of the book, “From Barefoot to Stilettos™, it’s not for sissies” that has inspired the movie screenplay. Her book was produced into a audio book. It is the first audio book ever recorded at the legendary Royal Studios under the direction of Grammy-winning music producer, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell. According to world-known, award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman, her book is, “The first person story of a woman driven to prove that she can.” The co-author of best-selling , Chicken Soup for the Soul® series and the Success Principals®, Jack Canfield endorsed her book as saying “This is an intriguing, captivating, inspirational story of a woman who just don’t take “no” for an answer. Marie Pizano is an example of how you can overcome challenges to live with passion and purpose, and realize your ambitions. Her story can help empower and motivate others to find their Yes.” She is currently producing a slate of other films, as well. Pizano has partnered with Marvel Comic Book illustrator, Ron Frenz and writers to create “Stiletto: The Powerhouse Baroness”, a comic book/movie. Stiletto is now a comic strip found in the La Prensa Latina Magazine.
Under her music label, she recently released several CDs for upcoming Memphis musicians, such as Jeremiah Tucker. Most importantly, while running the MVP3 Entertainment Group empire, Marie is a full-time, hands on mother of two. She currently serves on the advisory board of the On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest and NABFEME. Pizano competed two documentaries “Shannon Street: Echoes Under A Blood Red Moon” and “Finding Your Yes with Mind, Body and Soul”. You can see her film “Shattered” released this Fall and she is currently about to release her book sequel, “From Barefoot To Stilettos, Finding My Yes”, she’s co-writing on several movie screenplays, motivational speaking and partnered with Hollywood executives and is on her way to produce several Memphis storyline films. Her company just received the national Media Award from NAMI Tennessee in Nashville. She is very humbled and honored to now be recognized as one of the Women of Distinction for St. Jude and plans to continue to give back to charities through her work in film and music.