In the 1970s, Lou Reda, a decorated World War II veteran turned television producer, started Lou Reda Productions after seeing a need and opportunity in television to create historical documentaries through a fresh lens that would examine and bring to light the issues of the day. The company was propelled to the national stage when Reda produced the first syndicated television series for Viacom, and later, the acclaimed CBS scripted miniseries “The Blue and the Gray.”
Nearly five decades later, Lou Reda Productions’ humble beginnings have led to over 600 hours of programming for domestic and international networks and the amassing of the largest privately-owned film archive – Reda Archives, LLC – in the United States. The company has received immense praise and numerous awards from the industry, including a People’s Choice Award, Peabody Award, and Primetime Emmy Award (including nine nominations).
Now known as Reda Films, the company has expanded into formatted and scripted television. From a documentary about the intersection of sci-fi and rock & roll, to a formatted series about the dissection of ordinary objects, to a scripted series about Prohibition-era Mississippi, Reda Films has one mandate when developing new content for film and television: to bring to light stories that are underrepresented or told from an atypical point of view. By telling these stories, Reda Films continues to solidify itself as a leading producer of important and thought-provoking contemporary work.