Mr. Pignatelli serves as president, owner, and founder of the world’s largest and most renowned photo studio complex, PIER 59 STUDIOS, In addition to the integral roles played by Mr. Pignatelli at PIER 59 STUDIOS, commonly referred to as the “Hollywood of Photography,” Pignatelli serves as owner and president of ART AND FASHION GROUP (AFG). Under Pignatelli’s direction, it tends to the diverse needs of the advertising and fashion industries from key locations within New York and Los Angeles. Beyond talent representation and production services, Pignatelli’s AFG houses a media group that comprises of fashionbook.com, fashion-films.com, and Amazon Film Production.
Prince Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa was born in Rome, Italy in 1963. He hails from a family of ancient Italian nobles with roots dating back to 900 AD and direct Aristocratic ties to Pope Innocenzo XII. Pignatelli began his career in his home country of Italy as a real estate developer and leading financial journalist in monetary policy, before segueing into prominent careers in international finance in Switzerland and London.
After working as a Managing Director for several major investment banking and brokerage firms including E.F. Hutton, Ladenburg & Thalmann and Gruntal Co., Mr. Pignatelli founded his own American investment banking firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles under the name EuroCapital Partners. After several successful and rewarding years in the investment banking business, Pignatelli decided to follow his enduring passion for photography, leading him to the creation of PIER 59 STUDIOS.
PIER 59 STUDIOS represents a unique real estate development realized by Mr. Pignatelli in 1994. The space encompasses an entire pier in the fashionable Chelsea district of Manhattan. The studios feature huge open spaces, cathedral ceilings, and the best natural light the city has to offer. Comprised of eleven unique column-free studios, including the largest sound stage in Manhattan a space totaling 110,000 square feet – the length of three city blocks, PIER 59 STUDIOS is the paramount location for photographic and video productions, and a center of international creativity.
Pignatelli has always been a passionate admirer and collector of the art of photography. As a photographer in his own right, many of his pictures have been published – including those appearing within his book, titled “THE GREAT BEAUTY.” His creative passion stems far beyond the photographic realm as well. Pignatelli is, at heart, also a designer and architect.
Besides PIER 59 STUDIOS, his homes in New York and California and his 2 yachts feature unique interior design and furniture conceived and executed by Pignatelli himself.
Pignatelli looks forward to the future successes and expansions of his PIER 59 STUDIOS as he leads the company into its 20th year in 2015.