After directing some short films, the younger Campanella began directing episodic television One of his first professional assignments was directing an episode of the Lou Grant television series in 1982. Within a few years he was also directing longer form television projects.
By the late 1990s, he was also producing.
He entered into an arrangement with Black Entertainment Television (Black Entertainment Television) to executive produce a series of feature length adaptations of black romance novels (three of which he also directed). In 2004, Campanella was named general manager of Pacifica radio station, KPFA in Berkeley, California.
Campanella resigned fourteen months later in the wake of reports that KPFA"s 24-member Local Station Board (LSB) voted to terminate his employment. Tomas Moran, a former board member and KPFA supporter speculated that Campanella was forced to resign because he rankled a fiercely entrenched bureaucracy that could not agree on the direction of the station.
The previous general manager, former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport served less than a year before he stepped down citing personal reasons.
Selected credits Directing = Movies of the Week (MOWs)Editorial = Episodic 1992: DGA Award nomination.