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Phillip Pictaggi Honored

29 Nov, 2005 By: HM Editorial Staff

Mourners attended a funeral Mass today for industry veteran Phillip Pictaggi, former SVP of business development and operations for Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Pictaggi died Nov. 23 after a long battle with cancer. He was 56.

Pictaggi moved to California from Chicago as a youngster and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at Cal State Northridge. He became MCA Television's chief accountant in 1971 and later became comptroller for MCA Music Publishing and CFO of MCA Home Video and the company's pay television unit.

At Universal, he was instrumental in developing and managing the operational infrastructure for manufacturing and distributing home video products worldwide.

He was an early adopter of copy protection technology and served as VP of the International Recorded Music Association as well as chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America's North American regional executive committee for anti-piracy. In 2000 he served as moderator for the Content Security panel at the DVD 2000 entertainment conference. The same year he launched a consulting business, Business Development 4 Media, working with packaged media companies.

Surviving Pictaggi are his wife Patti, sons John and Matthew and sister Catherine. His internment was scheduled to take place immediately after this morning's Mass, at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth.

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