- Monday, Aug. 1, 2016
Robert Parente, who served as Miami’s film czar from 2002-2010, died last week after a long battle with cardiac disease. He was 62.
A beloved industry figure, Parente did much to attract and retain filming in Miami, spanning assorted projects ranging from commercials to features and TV. In the latter arena, he was instrumental in the long run that Miami enjoyed with the filming of USA Network’s Burn Notice spy thriller series. He also had a hand in developing a production incentive program (which expired this year) as well as a unified film permitting system called FilMiami.
A life celebration ceremony will be held 4-8 p.m. today at the Van Orsdel chapel at 4600 SW Eighth St. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 900 SW 26th Rd.
He is survived by his mother and his four siblings.