CineTel Films
TypePrivately held company
IndustryFilm production, film distributor
PredecessorChicago Teleproductions
  • 1980; 41 years ago (1980) (as Chicago Teleproductions)
  • 1983; 38 years ago (1983) (as CineTel Films)
FounderPaul Hertzberg
United States
Key people
Paul Hertzberg (president)

CineTel Films Inc. is an low-budget independent film production company and distributor based in West Hollywood, California.


The company was founded in Chicago in 1980 as Chicago Teleproductions and later moved the company's headquarters to Los Angeles, California and renamed as CineTel Films in 1983.[1][2] Paul Hertzberg founded CineTel Films.[3][4]

In the early 1980s, Hertzberg, along with Lisa M. Hansen, went to Cannes for the first time and attended what would later become MIPCOM.[5] During the festival, the two CineTel executives found themselves with unsalable entertainment shows, with the exception of Hansen's film acquisition The Courier of Death, which sold out quickly. Observing this success, CineTel Films switched its business focus from television programming to feature film production.[5]

The company also distributes to international markets films produced by CineTel Pictures, a separate company, while New Line Cinema distributes those films to domestic markets.[6]


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  1. ^ "Company". CineTel Films. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Devil Winds" - About the Producers Archived 9 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Ku-Al Productions Inc. 2004.
  3. ^ Horror Guest LISA HANSEN Archived 16 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine. FanExpo Canada. Access date: 5 September 2010.
  4. ^ Lloyd Kaufman; Collins, Ashley Wren. Produce Your Own Damn Movie!. Focal Press, 2009. ISBN 0-240-81045-7, ISBN 978-0-240-81045-4
  5. ^ a b "Dramatic". The Hollywood Reporter. Wednesday, 21 February 2001
  6. ^ "Regional People". Los Angeles Times. 14 August 1990.