biography

Danielle (Dany) Mitzman began her broadcasting career in 1997, having completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth College of Arts in Cornwall. Her first year of freelance work took her from making a documentary for International Spectrum Radio’s Jewish programme to producing the breakfast show on BBC Asian Network. During this year she also worked as a researcher and script writer for a BBC Radio 4 Light Entertainment programme and researched and wrote questions for a comedy quiz show pilot, produced by an independent television company.

At the beginning of 1998, Danielle began working full-time as a researcher and later producer for the BBC Radio 4 flagship programme, Woman’s Hour. As a member of a team, the job involved producing live interviews and discussions and recorded features for the daily show. Her specialist areas were music, food, gardening and photography. Musicians performing in the studio and chefs cooking live on air were her favourites… even when they sizzled embarrassingly throughout the following discussion item.

At the end of 1998, Danielle decided to follow a nagging instinct she’d had since finishing her BA Honours degree in Italian and Film Studies at the University of Reading (year abroad in Padua). She made the decision to leave London and move to Italy. She chose Bologna, a mediaeval town in the centre of northern Italy, for its strategic location. By train from Bologna, she is able to reach Florence in under an hour, Venice and Milan in under two, and even Rome in under three: ideal for a radio reporter.

Since moving to Italy, Danielle has continued to work in broadcasting: making radio features, documentaries and packages for the BBC, Deutsche Welle Radio and Radio Netherlands, as well as writing accompanying online articles. Her reports are often rebroadcast by English language partner stations around the world, including NPR, ABC Australia, CBC and SABC.

Danielle mostly works as a correspondent from Italy, although she has made features and documentaries in Israel and, of course, in the U.K.. In Italy, her work takes her all over the country: from the Ligurian Alps to the stage at La Scala, a Tuscan monastery to the streets of Naples, the high security prison in Volterra to the tiny Sardinian island of Tavolara. The memorable people she has interviewed include a ballerina with no arms and a barefooted king (he’s the one in the photo above).

Danielle also does occasional production/research work for television crews and writes articles for newspapers. She is currently developing several ideas for documentaries and television features with Ethnos, a production company based in Bologna.  In 2005, she co-directed and narrated Face to Face: The Young People of Neve Shalom – Wahat al Salam, a documentary made in Israel. It was screened at several international film festivals and awarded first prize at the Montecchio World Anti-Racism Film Festival in 2006.

Danielle has also worked as a translator, interpreter and English teacher and continues to translate the catalogue for Verona’s annual film festival: Schermi d’Amore. She also does voice-over work: from audio tour guides to CD Roms, documentaries to corporate videos.