Retrofit Films

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Retrofit Films
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2004 (2004)
Founder Chris Hanada, Tanner Kling
Headquarters Hollywood, California, U.S.
Key people
Chris Hanada, Tanner Kling (co-founders)
Products Web series, branded entertainment

Retrofit Films is a digital production company located in Hollywood, California that creates, develops and produces branded entertainment.

The company is known for their three companion web series for NBC's Heroes entitled Going Postal,[1] The Recruit[2] and Nowhere Man[3] and the animated web series for the CW’s Smallville entitled Kara & The Chronicles of Krypton.[1]

Recent projects include producing thirteen iPhone 'appisodes' for Fox's House,[4] directing ten on-air/web Sprint New Media Episodes for Heroes entitled Slow Burn,[5] producing/directing an original webseries for The CW Network's The Vampire Diaries,[6] and a broadcast and web-branded series (also for The CW) entitled Dove Go Fresh Presents GOSSIP GIRL: Real NYC Stories Revealed. The company's client list includes: NBC/Universal, Sprint, Mindshare, Ogilvy, Edelman, The CW, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, and AOL, among others.


Retrofit Films is known for its work developing and producing new media projects for television networks, movie studios and advertising brands. With the advent of New Media and the evolution of branded entertainment, Retrofit Films has developed a niche as “turnkey” digital showrunners[1] for these types of projects.


After graduating from Loyola Marymount University’s film school, Chris Hanada and Tanner Kling, the two founders of Retrofit Films, started their careers working together at Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s C/W Productions on high-profile films like Mission Impossible II, Vanilla Sky and The Others, where they contributed to script and story development, research, production and promotion.

Hanada and Kling formed Retrofit Films in 2004. Since then, they have written, directed and produced a wide array of promotional and marketing campaigns including animated and live-action web series, DVD featurettes, mobisodes and gameisodes.


  • Conspiracy Theory (webseries for NBC's My Own Worst Enemy)
    • Winner of Bronze Telly Award: Online Entertainment[10]

Speaking Engagements[edit]


Produced By Conference (June 6)[11]
"Technotainment: Producing and Delivering Digital Content"
Tanner Kling, Panelist

SXSW Interactive (March 15)[12]
"Web Series 2.0: Big Campaigns on Digital Dollars"
Chris Hanada, Panel Creator and Participating Panelist
Moderator: Andrew Hampp, AdAge, Panelists: Milo Ventimiglia of Divide Pictures, Melissa Fallon of Davie Brown Entertainment and Wilson Cleveland of CJP


UCLA Extension (December)
“Hollywood Workshop: Storytelling, Marketing, and Entering the U.S. Market"
Chris Hanada presented to network executives from Beijing TV.

UCLA Extension (December)
“Hollywood Workshop: Storytelling, Marketing, and Entering the U.S. Market"
Tanner Kling presented to Korean content creators brought together by KOCCA (The Korea Creative Content Agency).

Notable Projects[edit]


Produced 13 "Nurse Jeffrey" appisodes (iPhone-specific mobisodes for House)
Produced The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 DVD
Produced Smallville: Season 9 DVD


Directed Slow Burn (A broadcast and web-branded series for Sprint and NBC'sHeroes)
Produced and Directed The Vampire Diaries - A Darker Truth (An original webseries for The CW's Vampire Diaries)
Produced Dove Go Fresh Presents Gossip Girl: Real NYC Stories Revealed (A broadcast and web-branded series for Unilever and The CW Network)
Produced and Directed Nowhere Man (An original webseries for NBC's Heroes)
Produced Smallville: Season 8 DVD


Produced The Recruit and Going Postal (Two original webseries for NBC's Heroes)
Produced and Directed Conspiracy Theory (An original webseries for NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy)
Produced and Directed Kara & The Chronicles of Krypton for Smallville
Produced Smallville: Season 7 DVD
Produced Heroes: Season 2 DVD (Select featurettes)


Retrofit Films helped create the international advertising campaign for Adidas and their NBA All-Stars which included an integration of storylines and flash games (gameisodes) for online and mobile phone platforms.


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