Frank Sutera and Andrea Carden.
Couple copes with industry’s challenges
By Boaz Dvir
It may be a testament to their relationship that Andrea Carden, TEL 1998, left a promising job at CNN in Atlanta to move to Los Angeles to be with her then-fiancé Frank Sutera, PR 1997. It might be even more telling that, almost as soon as she arrived, she let him take off to New York for several months.
“I’m very lucky to have such a supporting wife,” Sutera said when he worked as a producer on MTV’s new reality show “Damage Control” in New York and New Jersey. “It’s tough. Her parents aren’t happy. They like to remind me she moved here for me.”
He’s been traveling for business for years. On his first day at Stone Stanley Entertainment, his boss asked if he had a passport. Soon, Sutera found himself in Europe meeting with creators of the Swedish show that inspired “The Mole.” In subsequent months, he worked in France and Spain.
But he always returned to his home base, L.A. Carden, his long-distance girlfriend since he left Gainesville, joined him in May. They bought a house in July and Sutera left for New York in August. He returned at the end of 2004. A few weeks ago, he broke his leg riding a WaveRunner during his bachelor’s party. He’s been at home developing a new show for Comedy Central.
Sutera and Carden got married April 23.
“We’re on the same page,” Carden said. “It helps his career that he went to New York.”
Did it help her career to move to L.A.? Although she enjoys being assistant to two top FOX Sports execs (the president and the chief operating officer), it may be too early to tell.
“The woman who did this job before me moved up,” Carden said. “Will I? I hope so. But not anytime soon.”