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Giorgio Squarcia

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Giorgio Squarcia, also known as GJ Squarcia(Rochester, September 2, 1969), is a filmmaker, writer, screenwriter, producer and investigative journalist. He is known for being the first director/producer to have introduced, with the tv series All in a Day, the docu-fiction genre in Italy when the new term docufiction appeared at the beginning of the 21st century.

Personal life[edit]

Squarcia was born in Rochester, Minnesota. After graduating in Philosophy at the Catholic University in Milan he moved back to the United States to study filmmaking. At the same time he started collaborating with the Investigative Department of the Newsmagazines Inside Edition and American Journal. He left when he was Director of the Research Department and, in 2001, founded a production company based in Milan and New York and started creating TV formats for the international Television market.

The American period[edit]

Immediately after graduating in philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan he moved to New York City where he worked for the Investigative Unit of the newsmagazines Inside Edition and American Journal. In the following years he attended a master's degree in screenwriting and directing at NYU. During his stay in New York City, he also worked as a correspondent for Italy's newspapers Panorama, La Repubblica and Il Giornale. He ended the collaboration with Inside Edition and American Journal after he was promoted Director of the Research Department

The Italian period[edit]

In 1999 he moved to Italy and founded a production company of his own. In 2001 Squarcia wrote, produced and directed the TV Series All in a Day[1] (Tutto in un giorno [it]) which aired on the Italian Television Channel Italia 1. All in a Day is the diary of a day through the actions of four real characters. The format's concept is to bring together four points of view, as diverse as possible, within a context of a specific event, limited to a 24-hour period. The show's narrative device is similar to that ascribed to "real television", however in All in a Day it is applied to an absolute reality: there are no selected contestants tested in artificially created situations, such as an island or an apartment; instead there are the lives of four real people, their four distinct viewpoints of one particular day, which is revealed through their tensions, faces, words, and feelings. With the TV screen split in four, the characters’ stories unfold simultaneously. When one individual’s prospective emerges as more riveting, his story takes over, filling the entire screen temporarily, and then it returns to its original small quarter screen, "passing the scene" to another protagonist. The Herald Tribune saluted the show with an article titled "Braking the rules of TV conformism"

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Article by the Herald Tribune

All in a Day won the Anart Award for best TV program in 2001.[2]

In 2007 Squarcia wrote and directed the TV Movie I giorni dell'Odio [it],[3] the scariest massacre in recent italian history.[4] I giorni dell'Odio[5] is the story of the arrest of a quiet couple from a small village in northern Italy accused of a terrible massacre. They killed three women and a little baby who lived next door and managed to live for over six months with their secret. In Cold Blood was aired during prime time on Channel 5 and reached 3 million 448 thousand spectators (17.65% share).

In 2008 Squarcia wrote, produced and directed the TV series Passing the Buck.

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Passing The Buck Logo

Between 1999 and 2000, he is the author of the television programs Fuego! aired by Italia 1 channel and Europe on Rai 3 channel. Between 2000 and 2001 worked as a consultant for the content and promotion of several thematic channels such 24ore.tv, Europsort, TVGuide, and Smau channel. From 2002 to 2012 he wrote and directed more than 100 pranks[6] for the Prime Time Practical Jokes TV Show Scherzi a Parte. In 2002 he wrote and directed the advertising campaign of the arrival of the Euro Currency.

With the TV Show Le Iene (Italy 1) he returns to investigative journalism exposing a publishing house which blackmailed VIPs threatening to publish their name in the biographical book of a porn star. In 2011 he wrote and directed the TV series 24/7 on Deejay TV In 2012 he wrote and directed the TV series Sognando Italia on Rete 4 In 2013 he wrote and directed the documentary Ballo del Doge[7] for Sky Arte In 2013 he wrote and directed two seasons of the television series[8] on Deejay TV In 2014 he wrote and directed the Art Basel Miami documentary for Sky Arte In 2014 his format Rent a Brain is bought by Warner Bros. International Television.[9] In the 2013/14 television season he was the executive procducer of the TV Show Lucignolo on Italy 1. In 2015 he is the creator and producer of the Lost in Translation comic session of Striscia la Notizia

Original Formats[edit]

Tutto in un giorno[edit]

All in one day is a TV series aired on Italia 1 starting in 2001. The series has a positive response from the public and critics, also was awarded by the Association of Television and Theater Authors (ANART) for Best Series of the Year Award and by the Venice International Television Festival[2]

Passing the Buck[edit]

This is an eight episode TV Series broadcast by All Music TV, which follows the journey of two 10 euro banknotes, christened Romeo and Juliet, across Italy and beyond. The rights of the format were acquired by the Canadian distribution company Distraction and aired internationally with the title Passing the Buck.


Is a scripted reality series. The program allows anyone to become someone else. In the first episode the show made the dream of a father who wanted to get into his 14-year-old daughter's head come true. 2014 Rent a Brain was bought by Warner Bros. International Television.

Worst Case Scenario[edit]

A TV Series which explores situations in which none of us would ever want to be. A "normal" person who has to face an "exceptional situation." Each episode is based on true stories.


  • Fuego (Italy 1)
  • Ecstasy trip
  • Il Diario (Italy 1)
  • Europa (RAI 3)
  • Scherzi a Parte (Canale 5)
  • Tutto in un Giorno (Italia 1)
  • Matrix (Channel 5)
  • Le Iene (Italy 1)
  • In Cold Blood (Channel 5)
  • Passing the Buck (All Music)
  • 24/7 (Deejay TV)
  • Sognando Italia (Rete 4)
  • Il Ballo del Doge for Sky Art
  • Le Strade di Max (Deejay TV)
  • Art Basel Miami for Sky Arte
  • Striscia la Notizia (Lost in Translation)


  • Fuego (Italy 1)
  • Ecstasy trip
  • Il Diario (Italy 1)
  • Europa (RAI 3)
  • Scherzi a Parte (Channel 5)
  • Tutto in un Giorno (Italy 1)
  • Matrix (Channel 5)
  • Le Iene (Italy 1)
  • In Cold Blood (Channel 5)
  • Passing the Buck (All Music)
  • 24/7 (Deejay TV)
  • Sognando Italia (Rete 4)
  • Il Ballo del Doge for Sky Arte
  • Le Strade di Max (Deejay TV)
  • Art Basel Miami for Sky Arte
  • Striscia la Notizia (Lost in Translation)
  • Jonathan, dimensione avventura (Iris)
  • I Guastanozze (Italy 1)


  • Ecstasy trip
  • All in one day (Italy 1)
  • At the edge of society
  • Passing The Buck (All Music)
  • Rent-a-Brain (Warner Bros. Intl)
  • Worst Case Scenario

Investigative journalist[edit]

  • Inside Edition (NBC)
  • American Journal (ABC)


  • Panorama
  • La Repubblica
  • Il Giornale


  • 2002 – Anart Award (National Association of Authors Radio-Television and Theatrical) for All in a day, awarded best program of the year.[2]
  • 2002 – Venice International Television Festival for All in a day[10]


  1. "Tutto in un giorno ai confini della real tv - la Repubblica.it". Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "La celebrità dietro la quinte Un premio per gli autori radiotelevisivi". archivio.lastampa.it. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  3. "Matrix, estate da brivido e la strage diventa fiction". Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  4. "Erba, dai giudici via libera alla Fiction respinto il ricorso dei legali degli imputati - cronaca - Repubblica.it". www.repubblica.it. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  5. "Strage di Erba i legali chiedono di bloccare il film di Mentana - la Repubblica.it". Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  6. "SCHERZI A PARTE 2012/ Una 'giornata di Meda' e il bambolotto di Seedorf (video). 7 maggio 2012". Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  7. "Il Ballo del Doge - Sky Arte - On Demand - Sky Go - Sky.it". skygo.sky.it. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  8. "Le Strade Di Max". Radio Deejay e Deejay Tv. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  9. "FormatBiz - Blue Box Entertainment". Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  10. Nexta. "Venice International Television Festival". www.film.it. Retrieved December 12, 2017.

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