Neil Mandt

Neil Mandt
Neil Mandt

Neil Mandt, 2004
Born August 25, 1969 (1969-08-25) (age 42)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Producer, Director
Known for Jim Rome Is Burning
Destination Truth
Last Stop for Paul


Early life

Neil Mandt was born in New York. At the age of 20 he was a winner of a College Emmy award and then subsequently landed a job as the Entertainment Reporter at WDIV TV4, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. He dropped out of college during his junior year and subsequently moved to LA..[1]

Television and film

At 24, Mandt moved to Los Angeles where he quickly landed the gig as the main Field Producer for ABC News at the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In November 1995, with the trial completed Neil Mandt made the move to movies by writing, directing, producing and starring in feature film, Hijacking Hollywood,starring Henry Thomas and Scott Thompson.[2]

Neil Mandt spent the rest of the 90s directing two movies The Million Dollar Kid and Arthur's Quest before transitioning his way back into television. It was at the summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia where Neil was hired by NBC to work as a producer, that Neil won his first National Emmy Award.[3] The following spring Neil partnered with his brother Michael Mandt, a successful multi-Emmy award winner in his own right, and created Mandt Bros. Productions. Within weeks of creating the company the two sold two different series to ESPN; Reel Classics Uncut and the network's first reality show Beg, Borrow & Deal.

Along with his brother, Michael Mandt, Neil continued to create and produce shows for a wide variety of networks. In 2003 they created the show "Jim Rome is Burning" starring sports radio superstar Jim Rome for ESPN, in 2004 they created the series "My Crazy Life" for E! Entertainment Television and in 2007 they created Destination Truth[4] for the Sci Fi Channel.

In 2006 Neil made his return to feature films when he wrote, directed, produced and starred in the indie flick, Last Stop for Paul.[5] It quickly became a dominant force on the festival circuit, winning awards at more than half of the 50 plus festivals it screened at in 2006 and 2007. Mandt created a separate internet version of the movie as a series of webisodes housed on the film's website as well as Revver and Ifilm.[6] Last Stop for Paul was released theatrically in North America on March 3 of 2008,[7] making it the first internet web series ever to go from the web to the theaters.

In 2007 Neil produced and directed the web series Tim’s Dates, which went on to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.[8]

In 2009 Neil and his brother Michael created the television show Sports Jobs with Junior Seau for the Versus Network. 10 episodes of season one were produced and aired in 2009 and 2010, each following NFL great Seau performing a variety of behind the scenes sports jobs.

In 2010 Neil wrote, directed, produced and starred in a TV series for Showtime called Next Stop for Charlie, which was based on his feature film Last Stop for Paul and the character he played in that movie. Later that same year Neil pitched and sold the TV series Ice Brigade, a docu-soap about an ice sculpting company to the Food Network and also an all encompassing car show to Speed Channel. The Car Show, as it's called, stars Adam Carolla, Dan Neil, Matt Farah and John Salley and premieres in the summer of 2011 on Speed.

In February of 2011 Neil sold a pilot to the Fuel Network that will star the BMX riders Zachary Alexander Yankush aka Catfish and Mike Escamilla aka Rooftop as they travel around the world joining the wildest clubs and organizations. The show received a 13 episode order and premieres in the Fall of 2011.

Personal life

Neil Mandt is currently living in Hollywood hills.


  1. ^ "Neil Mandt Bio". Archived from the original on 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  2. ^ Leonard Klady (1997-07-20). "Hijacking Hollywood". Variety. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  3. ^ Spencer Garvey. "NBC Scores Gold". Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  4. ^ Evan Jacobs (2007-05-24). "Josh Gates and Neil Mandt Look for Destination Truth". Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  5. ^ John Anderson (2008-03-04). "Last Stop for Paul". Variety. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  6. ^ Michael White. "Hollywood Buzz". Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Last Stop for Paul, Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Tim's Dates". Retrieved 2009-12-09.

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