Top Model, The Chew crew member killed

Ivan Giovanettina, a scenic designer and prop supervisor who worked on ABC’s daytime talk show The Chew, and who’d previously worked on Tyra Banks’ talk show and CW reality show America’s Next Top Model, was killed during an apparent robbery attempt in Brooklyn late Thursday. He was 41.

The New York Daily News reports that he “was seen by a witness running down a Bedford-Stuyvesant street after two men clad in dark clothing when one of them turned and fired, striking him in the stomach, a police source said.” He was moving his car; DNAinfo reported that his roommates said he “had left behind his wallet and keys in the apartment.” The New York Post reported that “police believe the motive was robbery, even though Gionvanettina’s wallet, with $250 in it, was still at his apartment and his iPhone was found near his body.”

Police have released surveillance video of the suspects.
ABC released a statement saying, “We are shocked and saddened to learn of Ivan Giovanettina’s untimely death. He was a beloved member of our team and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

His IMDB profile notes that he worked for Tyra Banks’ show as an art director and America’s Next Top Model as a set decorator.

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