ABOUT

YORK FILMS

York Films is a full-service, independent production company that finances and develops feature films for audiences all around the world. Our management team is passionate about finding and developing unique stories that aim to excite, inspire, and entertain viewers. We are uniquely positioned to understand needs and opportunities within the film industry, thanks to our team’s combined experience in the business and film world, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. At York Films, we aim to bring together the movie industry’s biggest stars with a new wave of filmmakers and talent, in order to create a diverse collection of films that will touch and captivate modern audiences.

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John Kalafatis

CEO

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Tommy Vlahopoulos

COO

Joanna Kalafatis

President

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John Battista

Manager of Studios

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Rachel Charlop-Powers

General Manager

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Andreas Ignatiou

Creative Executive

John Kalafatis | CEO

johnk@yorkstudios.com

John Kalafatis is the CEO and founder of York Films. He has over 35 years of entrepreneurial and business experience in New York, during which he created, managed, and developed multiple successful companies in the city’s film and construction industries. As one of the founders and senior partners of York Films’ affiliate, York Studios, John Kalafatis has invested in the future of the film and TV industry in New York by building one of New York City’s largest film studios in the Bronx, in addition to York Studios’ original location in Queens. He has quickly managed to turn York Studios into one of the top choices for large-scale productions in New York City. Movies and TV shows filmed in the Studios’ Queens location include “John Wick”, “Godzilla”, “The Amazing Spider-man 2”, and CBS’ long-running series “Elementary”.

Tommy Vlahopoulos | COO

tommy@yorkstudios.com

Tommy Vlahopoulos is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of York Films. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Vlahopoulos, began producing films through personal investment and film financing. In 2015, he financed the critically acclaimed horror-film ‘Intruders’, working alongside film producer Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), and distributed through Entertainment One. Since then Vlahopoulos has gone on to produce several feature films, for both domestic and international audiences, including ‘The Rake’, ‘Behind the Sightings’ and ‘Glass Jaw’. Prior to entering the film and television business, Vlahopoulos owned a successful construction company managing the maintenance and infrastructure of the four most majestic bridges in New York City including.

Joanna Kalafatis | President

joanna@yorkstudios.com

Joanna Kalafatis is the President of York Films. She has 7 years of experience in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. She has helped develop and produce both narrative and documentary features for media outlets in the US and abroad. Joanna holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College; her education and experience in both LA and international media helps her organize, finance, and develop productions both domestically and across borders.

John Battista | Manager of Studios

johnbattista@yorkstudios.com

John Battista has been working with the entertainment industry for almost twenty years. As the Commanding Officer of the NYPD Movie TV Unit he was instrumental in coordinating all exterior location shooting and stunts performed within NYC. In 2002 he was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of the Mayors Office of Film Theatre & Broadcasting under the Bloomberg Administration. John was responsible for facilitating all filming requests citywide and worked closely with all city agencies, guilds and unions. John has been the Executive Vice President of York Studios since 2013.

Rachel Charlop-Powers | General Manager

rachelcp@yorkstudios.com

Rachel Charlop-Powers is the General Manager of York Films. Rachel has a twelve year track-record of improving efficiency and/or profitability in her work as an operations consultant in theatre production, commercial real estate, higher education and workforce development. She was the sole producer of the world premieres of two new plays at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, a co-producer at Sink or Swim Repertory Theatre, and has worked as a line producer for numerous film projects.

She has dozens of credits as an actress and earned an M.F.A. in Acting from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre.

Andreas Ignatiou | Creative Executive

andreas@yorkstudios.com

Andreas Ignatiou has been working in the film industry for eight years during which time he produced and developed narrative features and shorts. He began his journey at New Regency, where he gained knowledge of the ins and outs of the industry. Since, he has worked in varying capacities on several music videos, commercials, tv shows and films including the Oscar-nominated film, ‘La La Land’. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual and media Arts from Emerson College, where he was selected for a mentorship hosted by the Writers Guild of America. In 2018, he produced his first feature “This Is My Year”, which briefly cracked the top 50 independent film chart on iTunes.

He joined York films in the summer of 2018 and now works in the company’s Creative Development department.

John Kalafatis | CEO

johnk@yorkstudios.com

John Kalafatis is the CEO and founder of York Films. He has over 35 years of entrepreneurial and business experience in New York, during which he created, managed, and developed multiple successful companies in the city’s film and construction industries.

As one of the founders and senior partners of York Films’ affiliate, York Studios, John Kalafatis has invested in the future of the film and TV industry in New York by building one of New York City’s largest film studios in the Bronx, in addition to York Studios’ original location in Queens. He has quickly managed to turn York Studios into one of the top choices for large-scale productions in New York City. Movies and TV shows filmed in the Studios’ Queens location include “John Wick”, “Godzilla”, “The Amazing Spider-man 2”, and CBS’ long-running series “Elementary”.

Tommy Vlahopoulos | COO

tommy@yorkstudios.com

Tommy Vlahopoulos is the Chief Operating Officer of York Films. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Vlahopoulos, began producing films through personal investment and film financing. In 2015, he financed the critically acclaimed horror-film ‘Intruders’, working alongside film producer Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), and distributed through Entertainment One. Since then Vlahopoulos has gone on to produce several feature films, for both domestic and international audiences, including ‘The Rake’, ‘Behind the Sightings’ and ‘Glass Jaw’. Prior to entering the film and television business, Vlahopoulos owned a successful construction company managing the maintenance and infrastructure of the four most majestic bridges in New York City including; the famed Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge, ranked the longest suspension bridge in the world. A graduate from CW Post University with a BA in Business and Finance, Vlahopoulos splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Joanna Kalafatis | President

joanna@yorkstudios.com

Joanna Kalafatis is the President of York Films. She has 7 years of experience in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. She has helped develop and produce both narrative and documentary features for media outlets in the US and abroad.

Joanna holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College; her education and experience in both LA and international media helps her organize, finance, and develop productions both domestically and across borders.

John Battista | Manager of Studios

johnbattista@yorkstudios.com

John Battista has been working with the entertainment industry for almost twenty years. As the Commanding Officer of the NYPD Movie TV Unit he was instrumental in coordinating all exterior location shooting and stunts performed within NYC.

In 2002 he was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of the Mayors Office of Film Theatre & Broadcasting under the Bloomberg Administration. John was responsible for facilitating all filming requests citywide and worked closely with all city agencies, guilds and unions.
John has been the Executive Vice President of York Studios since 2013.

Rachel Charlop-Powers | General Manager

rachelcp@yorkstudios.com

Rachel Charlop-Powers is the General Manager of York Films. Rachel has a twelve year track-record of improving efficiency and/or profitability in her work as an operations consultant in theatre production, commercial real estate, higher education and workforce development. She was the sole producer of the world premieres of two new plays at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, a co-producer at Sink or Swim Repertory Theatre, and has worked as a line producer for numerous film projects. She has dozens of credits as an actress and earned an M.F.A. in Acting from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre.

Andreas Ignatiou | Creative Executive

andreas@yorkstudios.com

Andreas Ignatiou has been working in the film industry for eight years during which time he produced and developed narrative features and shorts. He began his journey at New Regency, where he gained knowledge of the ins and outs of the industry. Since, he has worked in varying capacities on several music videos, commercials, tv shows and films including the Oscar-nominated film, ‘La La Land’. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual and media Arts from Emerson College, where he was selected for a mentorship hosted by the Writers Guild of America. In 2018, he produced his first feature ’This Is My Year’, which briefly cracked the top 50 independent film chart on iTunes. He joined York films in the summer of 2018 and now works in the company’s Creative Development department.

NEW YORK

1 Bronx River Avenue
Bronx
NY 10473

Phone

888.671.FILM

LOS ANGELES

9000 W. Sunset Blvd.,
Suite 707, West Hollywood
CA 90069

Phone

323.455.5005