I started working in Hollywood over 30 years ago as a tape operator in a recording studio and work my way up through the ranks to the C-Suite by 2008. I learned a lot along the way… I worked with some amazing people…. Worked for some of the biggest companies ( Harpo Films, Mandalay Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Disney, TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures) and did it all having no family connection or friends who sat in key positions in the business.
I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing product in marketing, physical production, distribution and finance. The credits include Terminator 2, Total Recall, Bugsy, The Doors, Tuesdays With Morrie, Jackass The Movie, Burton Snowboards, the Benji franchise and almost 60 TV movies for Lifetime, TNT and Hallmark Channel.
When I started working in entertainment, all I wanted was to run a Hollywood studio (and, of course, the glamorous lifestyle that comes along with the job).
The next 15 years were focused on doing nothing but pursuing that goal. At age 30, I was the Head of Production for Harpo Films; and with each rung I climbed higher up the ladder, I was closer to achieving my dreams.
It took another 10 years, and the prospect of flying myself out of Mexico as a fugitive, for me to realize that what I wanted as an 18 year-old no longer existed. The business had changed and what I now wanted as a 40-year-old was to live a life that had roots – and nothing to do with the inside of a plane, a hotel, or an airport.
After working in the trenches of film production at the highest levels for almost 25 years, successfully avoiding the Hollywood Con Man, my own greed finally got the best of me.
Now dedicated to helping young hungry dreamers & tech millionaires avoid sinking their hard earned money and time into a lousy film investment that will NEVER see a single penny returned. In my book, I’ll take you on an adventure that will help you navigate and participate in Hollywood without being ripped off. A unique roadmap for how not to get duped in Hollywood.
Tim Tortora has spent his impressive career in the entertainment industry garnering extensive production accounting and producing experience before launching his new company, Full Force Financial. For several decades, Tim served as a Film & Television Executive at a series of studios, including significant tenures at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Mandalay, and the Walt Disney Company. This management experience has enabled Tim to have a real-world understanding of the day-to-day needs of Production Accountants in the entertainment industry.
During his career, Tim has served as Executive in Charge of Production and Finance for Oprah Winfrey’s feature film & TV production arm, Harpo Films, in charge of all aspects of production on such films as “Tuesdays With Morrie” (Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria), “Amy & Isabelle” (Elisabeth Shue), “The Wedding” (Halle Berry), and “Before Women Had Wings” (Ellen Barkin).
He was in charge of worldwide film and TV production for Milk & Honey Pictures, headquartered in Los Angeles and Prague. Tim was a unit production manager on the feature film “Jackass The Movie.” Additional credits include: “Project Imagination” short-form project, the Peabody Awards, “Fear The Walking Dean,” interstitials, and feature films “This Is It,” “For Right or Wrong” and “The Perfect Game (aka The 3rd Miracle).”
As a natural innovator with an innate entrepreneurial spirit, Tim built a distribution business for a globally recognized independent film franchise. He once spent his summer vacation, writing code for and developing cost reporting software during his time at Disney, that the studio was so desperate for, they bought it from him on the spot and immediately implemented the tool into their production accounting pipeline.
In his early career days, Tim garnered television management experience on such well-known TV series of “Home Improvement” and “Ellen,” working as a production accountant for Walt Disney, TriStar Pictures, NBC, ABC and CBS. During his time on the Sony Pictures marketing team via McCann-Erickson, Tim worked on domestic theatrical strategic planning for such media campaigns as “Terminator II: Judgment Day,” “The Doors,” “Total Recall,” “Bugsy,” “Basic Instinct,” “Fisher King,” “Lord of the Flies,” and “Boyz in the Hood,” to name just a few.
Tim’s experience as an Executive merged last year with his drive for innovation to always improve the production accounting process and provide long-lasting solutions. This motivated him and his team to launch Full Force Financial in Fall 2017.
Tim now oversees day-to-day management of the new company and its F3 System™ — the production industry’s first, end-to-end, cloud-based, proprietary remote production accounting system – which is revolutionizing the accounting process, as the entertainment industry has known it to date.