Reel House Productions Australia is a joint venture of Melbourne and US based film makers. The group includes seasoned film professionals with decades of experience in acting, directing, producing, script writing and film finance.
Our company has a strong focus on acquisition and development work. Our goal is to build a slate of quality projects and finding the right production partners to help bring those projects to market.
We aspire to produce up to 6 small budget (sub $2m) films each year. We see our key point of innovation being our ability to make the low-budget system repeatable across genres; not only horror productions, but also action, thriller, and documentaries.
Genre Be Good
Genre films allows us to present compelling stories naturally limited to minimal locations, characters and lower production costs.
A key competitive advantage we enjoy is experience and understanding of how to find and develop quality genre projects. Such genre films are well-positioned to connect with a global audience. Our analysis reveals that genre pictures translates better in foreign markets and present a greater opportunity for success.
Meet the Team
Costas Mandylor is a Melbourne-born actor who began his film career in the USA in 1988. His career has seen a myriad of performances across film and television over the decades that have provided an enviable body of work for a film actor.
Costas has performed in award winning films (Triumph of the Spirit opposite Willem Dafoe, 1989) and with major Hollywood directors and film artists including Oliver Stone (The Doors, 1991), Robert Downey Jr, (Soapdish, 1991), Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn (The Pledge, 2001), Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winston (Beowulf, 2007) and Christopher Plummer (Cliffs of Freedom, 2017) amongst many others.
Costas was a lead in the hit television series Picket Fences along with Tom Skirret and Lauren Holly. The series ran in the USA and worldwide from 1992-1996 and enjoyed prolonged success. Costas enjoys a worldwide cult following amongst fans of the horror genre, following his role as a police forensic office in the Saw film franchise.
Costas continues both film and television work, recently guest starring in Once Upon a Time (2016), Hawaii Five- 0 (2018) and NCIS Los Angeles (2018). At home again in 2017, Costas co-starred in the Australian production In like Flynn, the Errol Flynn bio-drama due for release in 2018.
Tony Nikolakopoulos is an actor and director. He has been a stalwart of Australian drama since 1995 with roles in Head On (1998), The Wog Boy (2000), Blue Heelers (1997-2002), All Saints (2008), City Homicide (2009), Killing Time (2011), Offspring (2013) and Wentworth (2014-2016). Tony has delivered performances in international productions such as Kangaroo Jack (2003), Predestination (2014) and Alex and Eve (2015).
In addition to performance and direction Tony has a long history in teaching the dramatic arts and film making. He is currently working with the Victorian College of the Arts as lecturer, manages the Victorian Youth Theatre Company and has previously operated both his own private commercial drama school and boutique talent management business.
Colby Mitchell is currently the Head of Production at SouthRoad Pictures. Before SouthRoad Pictures he was the Senior Producer for Media 13 Studios from 2008 to 2015. During his tenure at Media 13 Studios he produced for such clients as WFAA, CW 33, Children’s Medical Center, and the Chickasaw Nation. From 2005-2008, Colby lived in Los Angeles, CA where he worked as a production manager and line producer on numerous films and projects.
In 2005, Colby produced William Kaufman’s first film, The Prodigy. Then in 2010 Mr. Mitchell produced another of Mr. Kaufman’s films, Sinners and Saints, starring Johnny Strong, Sean Patrick Flanery and Oscar nominee Tom Berenger. Colby serves as a member of The International Documentary Association and also Film Independent, an organization which determines the Independent Spirit Awards each year.
Colby graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts and a degree in Radio, Television, and Film.
King Hollis, a native of Dallas, Texas, has been a pillar of the Texas film community since 1992. From 1999-2003, Hollis worked as a commercial director for Deep Ellum Pictures helming more than 125 spots for a who’s who list of Fortune 500 clients.
King founded Media 13 Studios in the mid-1990s.
Under the Media 13 Studios banner, King produced feature length motion pictures, long-form episodic content, and a host of documentaries, including the award-winning, Torey’s Distraction.
During this period, King was the driving creative force behind the acclaimed WFAA/ABC documentary series— Children’s Med Dallas — which completed two successful seasons on broadcast television and is currently in syndication. Under King’s leadership, Media 13 Studios established a partnership with the Belo Corporation to produce sports documentaries under the joint venture Texas 28 Films banner.
King remains a sought-after director. His most notable work is the powerful family drama, Pearl: The Story of Pearl Carter Scott. The film earned awards at numerous film festivals including AFI-Dallas. As a television director, King helmed 13 episodes of the series, The Undercard (broadcast on Tribune Network’s CW 33 and Telemundo) and the definitive music documentary on music icon Rick Springfield— which was distributed throughout the United States on PBS through WBGH/Boston. Lindell’s historical novel — Search for the True Love Indicator— published in 2015.
William Kaufman is a feature film director and a commercial producer and director. The past two years Mr. Kaufman has been the senior producer, director, and a partner at Throttle Films. Prior to Throttle Films Mr. Kaufman was a freelance director and producer for 15 years.
Will made his directorial debut with The Prodigy in 2005. He has since gone on to direct the notable cult hits Sinners and Saints, starring Johnny Strong and Oscar nominee Tom Berenger, and the most recent Daylight’s End, starring Johnny Strong and Lance Henriksen, which premiered at The Dallas International Film Festival in 2016.
He also directed The Hit List, starring Cole Hauser and Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr., for Sony Pictures, Jarhead: The Siege for Universal Pictures, and The Marine: Moving Target for 20th Century Fox.
For almost 2 decades Will has been directing and producing media and films for commercial and international distribution. Will became a member of the Directors Guild of America in 2011.
Lindell Singleton, a native of Los Angeles, attended Los Angeles City College, UCLA, and the Film /TV Directing Program at HFI. His degree is in Art. Lindell is currently completing a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Newburgh College.
Currently he is Chief Creative Officer and an Executive Producer at Media 13 Studios working alongside King Hollis to set the firm’s creative direction for content development and acquisition.
Before joining Media 13 Studios, Lindell spent more than 20 years with American Airlines. He was directly instrumental in shaping, crafting and leading global communications campaigns to advance AA’s brand across more than 43 countries.
Recently, he wrote and directed the theatrical documentary Lone Star Holy War and The Judge and the 8th Wonder: True Story of the Houston Astrodome. Lone Star Holy War premiered as an official selection of the Dallas International Film Festival.
Lindell and King, as writing partners, were commissioned to write the screenplay, He Could Have Played Blind (story of NBA legend Pete Maravich). The completed screenplay is in development.
Edwin Harris, a native of Chicago, Illinois, is a veteran Senior Editor and Post-Production Supervisor.
As editor and show-runner, Edwin recently completed a two-season stint on the hit reality television series, The Undercard. Prior to this, he served as post-production Supervisor for the Fox Sports/NBA basketball series, Courtside Jones and the Veria Cable Network reality series, Sports Dads (starring NFL icon Deion Sanders.)
Edwin is a much sought-after commercial editor with include an array of credits from top U.S. agencies including: (Tribal DDB, Kolar, and Hothaus Creative) and Fortune 200 companies (American Airlines, GE, Pepsi Cola) where he worked in support of their brand.
Edwin is a graduate of The University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Radio, Television, and Film.
Jay Grant is Senior Partner at Newhaven Wealth a venture capital and wealth management firm that has interests in range of companies spanning multiple industries including; Financial Services, Lending, Managed Investments, Real Estate Sales, Property Development, Agribusiness, Infrastructure investment and Apparel Retailing.
Jay is Head of Business Strategy for Newhaven Wealth and Director of Newhaven Managed Investments, Newhaven Wealth and Weatherall Developments.
Prior to joining Newhaven Group, Jay served as Head of Business Strategy and Corporate Partnerships with A Better Choice Financial Planning. He had previously been Senior Partner at Hughes Kennedy Consulting, a wealth advisory and property consulting firm.
Jay has extensive experience developed through a multitude of roles including; Government policy development and speech writing for the NSW State Premier, consulting work with TCF Consulting and the TCFL Design & Research Centre and work with NGO’s.
DipFP, CFP, FAICD
Geoff Moore has been involved in Financial Services for 30 years, having started as an assistant in a Securities Dealer, evolving to client advising and then management of financial planning networks.
He is a Director of Newhaven Group Pty Ltd, Director of Newhaven Wealth Pty Ltd and serves as Responsible Manager of Newhaven Wealth’s Australian Financial Services License. He is a Director and Officer in Effective Control of Newhaven R.E Pty Ltd, Licensed Real Estate Agent.
Over the past 15 years Mr. Moore has consulted to Financial Services and Accounting firms on strategic planning and business structuring. He has been a member and chair of compliance and investment committees for several Australian Funds Management companies and Financial Services licensees.
Geoff was the founder and Managing Director of the AFS group, a national network of planners in 1995. He also established a successful Masterfund investment business that grew to $550 million of Funds within 3 years. Mr. Moore completed a Diploma of Financial Planning in 1990 and gained his CFP (Certified Financial Planner) status in 1995. He completed the Company Directors Diploma in 2002 and is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The World is Our Stage
The online streaming market alone is set to grow to over US$70bn by 2021. This has created enormous unmet demand for low-cost content that the plethora of steaming services need to maintain their diverse offering to subscribers.
Companies like ours who can bring quality, low-cost and compelling content that has been professionally developed and is ready to shoot, stand to benefit.