Dark Matter’s Vanessa Piazza

Over the course of my three years show running Dark Matter, I’ve given shout-outs to the various individuals whose talent and commitment to their craft made it all possible.  I’ve referenced the cast, the crew, and the post-production personnel who made coming to work every day such a delight.  Chiefest among them was Vanessa Piazza – Executive Producer and all-around troubleshooter – who not only helped set up the series (I honestly don’t think we could have gotten that green light without her), but was an active force throughout the long, often challenging, ultimately rewarding process.

Vanessa on set with fellow producer Ivon Bartok.   

She was by my side throughout early prep (construction of our standing sets, costumes, props, casting), production (in all of the prep meetings for each episode, spearheading negotiations, supervising the on set action), and post-production (weighing in on music, visual effects), identifying and addressing the merest flicker of issues before they could become fires in need of putting out.  It would be a disservice to refer to her as my lieutenant.  She was my partner and I will be forever in awe of her skills as a producer and her business savvy, and forever grateful for everything she did for me, and for Dark Matter.  I honestly don’t think I could have done without her.

Vanessa and former Lost Girl Showrunner, the amazing Emily Andras.

As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan – so when the opportunity to partner with her presented itself again, I jumped at the chance.  As of today, we’re collaborating on multiple projects (one already announced, the others to come) and I’m looking forward to our next show(s) together.  And who knows?  Maybe we’ll find a way to reunite with many of the other great people we worked with in our Dark Matter days.

Vanessa and former Lost Girl showrunner – the magnificent Michael Grassi.

I have a veerrrrry good feeling about this…

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ceresis64

I have a veerrrrry good feeling about this…..
Awesome! Really looking forward to hearing about all the projects you’ve got lined up together 👍

Sparrow_hawk

I’ll look forward to seeing Masked translated from the book to the screen! And I can’t wait to here what else you have up your sleeve. Thanks for introducing us to all of the wonderful people that you are working with. It’s nice to get these glimpses of things behind the scenes.

KathyC

Ooooohhhhhh can’t wait!!

Mitra
Mitra

Anxious to hear about the “other” projects. Hope this partnership is as fruitful as you mentioned. Good luck.

Tim G
Tim G

The first two hours of the big CW Superhero Crossover was AWESOME!!! The best two hours of television I have seen in a long time. James Bamford had some of the most intense fight sequences I have ever seen. Can’t wait for the last two hours tomorrow!

PBMom

Looking forward to hearing about the other projects, too, when you can share.

Thank you Vanessa for all you did to help Dark Matter get on the screen. It left us too soon (but I always hold out hope that something can happen to give us a wrap-up).

art3mis21

Masked! Can’t wait to see what comes out of this great partnership!

jimfromjersey

Hey Vanessa! You’re awesome. Welcome to the family!

jeffvan7

Joe–I just wanted to tell you that I love Dark Matter. I’m on episode 8 of season 2 and I just have become addicted to it. I love the characters, their development, and then also how you manage to play around with so many classic SF tropes in interesting and cool ways.

Tam Dixon
Tam Dixon

🤩

maggiemayday

Exciting times ahead! Fantastic.

shinyhula
shinyhula

Weee! Love DM and Lost Girl, so the next will be awesome, can’t wait!

nantokanaru77

Yeah yeah yeah! This is so exciting!

Star_Climber (@Star_Climber)

Amazing! I have a good feeling about this too grin

Duptiang
Duptiang

she has a warm smile. Doesn’t she like her teeth?