Don Mandrik

Founder and President of Georgia Production Finance

Don is a graduate of The Ohio State University and The Georgia State University College of Law. Upon graduating from Georgia State, Don practiced a mix of entertainment and corporate law with Arnall Golden Gregory, and most recently Miller & Martin, where he was the chairman of the firm’s entertainment practice group. While in private practice, Don represented a wide array of clients involved in all facets of film production and finance, as well as numerous production companies in their usage of the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, ranging from small, regionally based independent production companies to public companies such as Viacom.

In 2008, Don left the full-time practice of law and joined forces with several colleagues to form Georgia Production Finance, LLC, an entertainment production and financing consulting firm that advises film, television and video-game production companies with respect to financing strategies, as well as their usage and monetization of various state and federal production tax incentive programs.

Don was a founding member of the Georgia-based Committee on Entertainment, Capital, Investment, & Legislation (CECIL), comprised of members of the Georgia film, TV, digital media, and game development communities, and tasked with improving the entertainment investment climate in Georgia, as well as obtaining improved entertainment tax incentive legislation in Georgia.

On the production front, Don has acted as a producer on a number of feature films, most notably on the Georgia-based production of "Get Low" which starred Oscar-winner Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. The film premiered at the prestigious 2009 Toronto Film Festival, showed at over a dozen major festivals, and went on to become Sony Pictures Classic’s highest grossing film of the year. In 2010, Don acted as an executive producer on the award-winning "96 Minutes," starring Brittany Snow and Evan Ross, which premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. In the spring of 2011, Don went on to co-produce "Savannah," starring Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Currently, Don has several film projects in various stages of production with his Get Low production partner Dean Zanuck, as well as a slate of music-related films with producer Randy Miller including the bio-pic of Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson and the story of the world-famous punk-rock New York music club CBGB.

Don, his wife Brandy, and their three children, Lochlan, Landon and Kennedy live in Atlanta, Georgia.