The Grimps

Suzanne DeLaurentiis

Raised in southern New Jersey, Suzanne DeLaurentiis was a singer, dancer and actress from an early age. She worked on and off Broadway, and studied Opera at Carnegie Hall with the famous Carlo Menotti. She established a successful singing career in her teens, following in the footsteps of her cousin and mentor, 50’s superstar, Frankie Avalon.
In her early 20’s, Suzanne opened her own production company, writing, producing and directing feature films and television. Throughout her 40-plus years as a filmmaker, Suzanne has been involved with over one hundred productions, and has been honored with many prestigious awards. In 2002, the Marco Island Film Festival honored Ms. DeLaurentiis with their esteemed Terry Scarlett Award for Filmmaking, in 2003 the Palm Beach International Film Festival presented her with The Distinguished Founders Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, in 2007, Suzanne received the prestigious Opal Award from Women in Film and in 2008, The Hollywood Fame Awards honored her for her lifetime achievement for music in independent films.
In addition to her numerous awards and productions, Ms. DeLaurentiis has also taken part in historical litigation in cases relating to both union issues and distribution. She has fought successfully, protecting the rights of independent filmmakers.
In 2006, Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions independently produced the award winning, 10th & Wolf, a multi-million dollar, award winning mafia drama. She will be an ex producer on the Feature film RIZZO written by Stephen Rivele starring Vince Vaughn.
Suzanne is currently in pre-production for two, true-life, epic feature films, Triangle and The Spear of Destiny, both written by Oscar nominated Screenwriter, Stephen Rivele, Some of her other independent film titles include A Month of Sundays, Middleton Christmas, Reeds Point, They Crawl Beneath, Wedding Day, Shut Up and Kiss Me, Lost Revolution, The Dark Tourist, Black Gold, Area 407, Stone Markers, How Sweet It Is, and Buried Lies.
Her television credits also include Pet Doctors of Atlanta, Soul Fire Rising, and Stone Markers, Suzanne’s Saturday Night Scares and Very Frightening Tales. Suzanne is currently in pre production for a television series entitled, The Save, and comedy series, On All Fours and a historical Wilderness Road.
Suzanne devotes much of her spare time to veteran charities raising money and awareness. In 2010, Suzanne received a Commendation Metal from the United States military in recognition of her services to veterans.

Richard Sirgiovanni

Music and cartoons were always forefront for Richard Sirgiovanni. At a very early age Richard saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. The impact was life altering. Richard, was already an avid reader of comics, but now at seven years old began playing drums and drawing.  These parallel roads created a self-taught drummer/cartoonist who whilst listening to rock n roll music copied everything he saw from newspaper comic strips to Marvel/DC comic books.
Richard’s interest in popular music and drawing continued as he was accepted to the prestigious School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he studied cartooning and storytelling under Harvey Kurtzman (co-founder of Mad Magazine) and Will Eisner, (creator of The Spirit comics).
Simultaneously, Richard played drums in an original rock band in New York City.  The band was voted one of the top original acts by The Soho News.  He crossed paths on the club scene with Madonna, Jon Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Cyndi Lauper and The Stray Cats.
Richard continued freelancing in art and music as a cartoonist becoming an award winning Creative Director in the advertising field.  Having this deep passion for storytelling and music he thought to create an original idea combing rock n roll and cartoons…. Something magical and fun for kids with a positive message.  The Grimps were born.