About Us

Upload Films was founded in 2006 to provide production services and film production financing to independent filmmakers. Upload combine production, finishing funds, and post-production services under one roof.

In addition to our rich expertise in independent filmmaking, and proprietary film financing models, Upload brings to every project a deep knowledge modern digital post-production. Our dedicated team has a combined resume of over 200 film projects, and over the past five years Upload Films has provided production, post or financing to more than 50 full feature movies.

US Team Profile

Nick Thurlow

Nick is a consummate producer with extensive knowledge of film making. Prior to his career in movies, Nick spent 12 years in London, New York, and Africa working in finance for major international banks. He then moved to California to serve as CFO of Sonic Magic Studios, later taking up the role of CEO. Then, in 2006, together with John Portnoy and Todd Williams, Nick noted a gap in the market which led to the creation of Upload Films. A prolific producer and tireless promoter, Nick has been an active participant in over 150 movies since 2002, and his producer credits include Assassination Games, Shadow People, Flypaper and Ticking Clock.

Andrew Mann

Andrew started his career in accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he developed unique expertise in movie financing. He became a specialist in this area, and since joining the entertainment industry more than 15 years ago, has syndicated over US$3bn in tax structured financings. He is former CFO of Infinity Media (Canada), and Inferno Entertainment (Hollywood). On the production and cost control side, Andrew has financed, syndicated and monitored over 40 feature films with combined production budgets over US$400m. Andrew has extensive relationships in films and an industry leader in sophisticated tax credit financings for film. 

Todd Williams

Todd is committed to filmmaker projects that establish fresh voices and expand the vocabulary of independent film. Prior to joining Upload he was VP of Creative Affairs for Yari Film Group. His extensive resume as producer includes The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Beautiful Boy, Print, Landers, Gray Matters, and First Snow.  Todd is active producer of thriller movies for Upload Films that include SyFy's TV film Mothman, and full features Mirrors 2, and Ticking Clock starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

John Portnoy

John started his career in film post production in 1991. In 1992, he was an assistant editor on the first feature film to be cut on a non-linear editing system ("Kalifornia"). In the past 20 years he has been at the forefront of the digital editing, and more recently, digital acquisition revolutions. After creating and running the post-production department for Yari Film Group in 2004, he left to co-found Upload Films in 2006. In 2008 he produced two early movies on the Red camera, for which he had to design custom workflows from camera to editorial and through finishing. John has spent the last six years shuffling between roles overseeing production on-set and post supervising films such as The Last Exorcism for Lionsgate/Studiocanal, The Man With the Iron Fists for Universal and The Surrogate for Fox Searchlight. He now manages the post-production services division of Upload Louisiana.

Asia Team Profile

Jamie Donaldson

Jamie is a film investment partner at Upload Films and brings to the company over 20 years experience in private capital financings. He is also managing partner at boutique PE advisory firm, McNeill & Partners Limited. During his career, Jamie has been involved in the financing of several film productions, tax structures, and licensing deals, including Babe, The Door, Weapon 2, and The Man with the Iron Fists. He also advised Universal Studios on the sale of movie assets in Australia and New Zealand.  Jamie holds a B.Comm from Canterbury University, and speaks conversational Mandarin and Cantonese. He is based in Asia.

David Kuan Hai-fan

Kuan has over 15 years investment experience in China,  including 10 years in boutique investment banking, and 5 years managing a private property development.  During his career, Kuan has been involved in many PRC joint ventures and projects.  Kuan speaks native Mandarin and Cantonese and fluent English.

Paul Lee

Paul has over 7 years experience including audit, advisory, and banking with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Citibank, as well as, boutique PE advisory and investment management firms. During his career, Paul has been involved with clients including Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Co., and Warner Brothers. Paul holds a B.Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is based in Asia.

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