Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Josh Mandel moved to Los Angeles in the late 90s to study film at UCLA. He graduated Magna Cum Laude before returning to his alma mater for a Masters Degree from the Producers Program.
Josh began his film career in music videos, eventually working with recording artists like Eminem, Weezer, Vanessa Carlton, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Between 2001 and 2003, Josh co-created and produced a televised magazine show, UCLA: Next, which broadcast to 11 million households nationwide.
During a three-year span that included traveling the globe, Josh produced and shot the award-winning documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans, which was released by Sony Pictures in 2005. Josh has since remained devoted to producing high quality documentary programs for various segments of the Entertainment Industry, as well charitable organizations like the Women Alive Coalition (Divas Simply Singing), Project Angel Food (Divine Design), GMHC (Blaque & White Ball) and Urban Farming.
In the music world, Josh has produced Behind-the-Music specials for record labels and bands all over the world, including Sean Paul, Anna Vissi, Shinedown, The Academy Is, Louis the XIV, and Jon Adams. Josh has also produced television and online specials for some of the fashion industry’s most prolific designers, ranging from Project Runway’s Rami Kashou to Japan’s Tadashi Shoji.
Over the years, Josh’s desire to collaborate with emerging filmmakers has led him to work on shorts, such as 2008 Scottish BAFTA recipient, Breaking (Dir. Mikey Murray), and features, such as Powder Blue (Dir. Tim Bui), starring Forest Whitaker, Jessica Biel and Ray Liotta. He continues to forge relationships with some of the most exciting new voices in filmmaking, having recently consulted on films that have played or won top prizes at Festivals like Berlin, Telluride, Palm Springs, AFI Fest, Hollywood, Newport Beach, Docuweek and Rhode Island. Josh also programs for the Slamdance and LA Film Festivals.
Josh is a partner at Industry Standard Films. He is currently overseeing Development on several feature films as well as a dynamic slate of television series.