Donna Portaro Joins Chelsea Pictures As VP, Exec Producer
Donna Portaro
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Chelsea Pictures has brought Donna Portaro aboard its U.S. team as VP, executive producer. Based in Los Angeles, Portaro joins Chelsea after working as an EP responsible for commercial production and talent management at RadicalMedia since 1999.

Chelsea president Lisa Mehling said of Portaro, “She’s an extremely rare talent with her years in leadership at both a top creative agency and global production company. Donna is a true trailblazer and has influenced some of the most noteworthy and groundbreaking work in our industry–-I can’t wait to see what we make happen together.”

From the non-traditional media space to original content for brands, Portaro has worked closely with artists while nurturing a multitude of brands to go beyond the traditional model, with an emphasis on the power of storytelling.

Her experience in a broad range of disciplines comes from a variety of places in the media landscape. From her years at Wieden+Kennedy, co-managing the broadcast production department, to supervising RadicalMedia’s L.A. postproduction facility, she has tapped into a media workflow that understands the complexities of the industry and the changing audience.

“Chelsea Pictures is giving me the opportunity to do what I love best...working in a collaborative, creative environment with a great team,” said Portaro. “ I feel so fortunate to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to this exciting new chapter.”

During Portaro’s career, she has served as a crucial member of teams honored with an Academy® Award, Emmys®, Golden Globe®, Grammys®, Webbys®, and many more accolades within the advertising and marketing industries, in both traditional and new media.

Chelsea VP/executive producer Pat McGoldrick said of Portaro, “Her experience, beloved reputation, and overall production skills is going to be a great fit here, and make us even more mighty.”

As a trio, Portaro, McGoldrick and Chelsea U.K.’s Nell Jordan make up the executive producer team working alongside Chelsea owner Mehling. Chelsea maintains offices in New York, L.A. and London.


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