Nathan Cutietta

Assistant Professor Media & Gaming

Nathan Cutietta fell in love with filmmaking as a child after watching Vladimir Shevchenko’s documentary Chernobyl: A Chronicle of Difficult Weeks. At 13 Nathan started a television apprentice under video producer Dan Maglione. Nathan’s professional television career started at 15 in Tucson, Arizona as an editor at Jorgensen Productions, and later at Tucson’s Warner Brother's Affiliate as a producer. He moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and worked as a Director and Producer for Fox, Fox Sports, Disney, and PBS. He is best known for his television series Lost Legends of the West, a 13-episode folk history of the American West that was nominated for two Emmy Awards. In 2006, he wrote, directed and produced the documentary Welcome Back Riders, a history of the rise and fall of the 20th Century American Amusement Park. In 2007 he wrote and directed "Eleonore Schoenfeld: Born to Teach", a look into the life of Eleonore Schoenfeld who is considered one of the most influential cellists of the 20th century. Nathan is currently the Director of the Media and Communication Center at Heidelberg as well as a part time producer at Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC. Nathan lives with his wife Margarita and daughter Emma in the small beach community of Huron Ohio.

Recent Conference presentations:

  • 2017 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) National Conference, Las Vegas Nevada: Narrative Elements in Video Games Realism’s influence on Perceived Realism, Enjoyment and Transportation
  • 2017 International Communication Association (ICA) International Conference, San Diego California: Identifying Flaws in a Short-Story Reduces Perceived Realism and Narrative Engagement
  • 2017 American Meteorological Society (AMS) National Conference, Kansas City, MO: Weather Effects on Local Television Newscasts

Courses Taught

MED 307: Sight Sound and Motion
MED 126: Video Game Production
MED 312: Advanced Media Writing
MED 345: Sports Broadcasting
MED 171: Digital Storytelling


Narrative elements in Video Games, Media Effects, Television Production, Media Psychology

Research Interests

Narrative elements in Video Games, Media Effects

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