Side Door Entertainment is an independent motion picture production company with a common goal of producing movies and documentaries. Our main mission is simple, to produce the best quality entertainment in a wide variety of genres, and bring the best quality of entertainment to the public. Side Door Entertainment also strives to be a haven for independent film-makers everywhere. We accomplish our independence in films and entertainment by not being part of a large corporation, but independent, and to separate ourselves from the large corporations that own and control even the "So Called" independent movie companies. With a bright future ahead of us, Side Door Entertainment is committed in its mission to bring great entertainment to the public.
“Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I’d say that film is the sculpting of time.”
– Andrei Tarkovsky
Side Door Entertainment is an independent motion picture production company with a big dream: to create the best quality entertainment, across multiple genres, for the enjoyment and education of the general public. Side Door Entertainment was formed to produce a broad range of film & video products. The company’s production enterprise is based in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world Los Angeles, California. We have brought together a balanced mixture of proven talent and seasoned professionals. Such personnel include Writer, Director and Producer Mike Costa of hit shows such as Roseanne, Steve Harvey Show, In the House, and Gregory Hines Show. Mr. Costa is also a member of the Writers Guild of America. His latest project is a documentary film about the history of Cape Verdeans in California called Proud to be Cape Verdean: A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State. He is well respected in the Hollywood community.
Mike Costa was born and raised in Southeastern, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Nevada in Reno where he studied Broadcast Journalism and Television/Film Production and graduated with B.A. With the encouragement of his professors, Mike began to research different types of entertainment companies in search of an internship. As a result of his tenacity, he was recruited by KTVN-TV, the local CBS affiliate, where he performed the duties of assistant director and videotape operator.
After graduation Mike took a big gamble and packed his bags for Hollywood. After successful stints with NBC in Research and ABC in Broadcast Operations and Engineering, Mike was accepted into the Guy Alexander Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program sponsored by Bill Cosby and the USC School of Cinema-Television. The application process was highly selective - only 15 of 454 applicants were admitted. Subsequently, Mike was hired as a staff writer and story editor for the hit television show “Roseanne.” He went on to write for Warner Brother’s television on several projects which included the first season of the hit series, “The Steve Harvey Show.” He also was writer on “The Gregory Hines Show.” (Pilot) for Sony Television.
In 1998 Mike accepted an offer the work for NBC’s “In The House” starring LL Cool J, where his responsibilities as a writer grew to that of a producer. Along with his duties as scribe Mike was involved with editing, casting and production design. In 1999 Mike joined the staff of the syndicated television variety series, “The Roseanne Show,” as a writer/producer. He wrote monologues, sketches, promos and produced segments for the comedienne.
Mike stays busy developing and writing projects for various producers. He freelances as a writer/producer for Isis Films, a production team in Marina Del Rey that produces music videos and commercials for some of the industry’s biggest names: Time-Warner Corporation, Miller Brewing Company, Motown, Warner Brothers and General Motors. He is also the “Voice of the Tigers” for the Westridge School for girls Varsity basketball team in Pasadena, CA. He also helped start a non-profit 501(c)(3): Cape Verdeans of Southern California. He has held various board positions over the years.
Mike co-produced a television pilot, “Woman on Top,” with John Aguirre, Alan Shafer and Eugene Lebowitz. He wrote, directed and produced an original short film, “Hot Date.” Some of his screenplays are; “Spy Du Jour,” an action comedy, an offbeat comedy titled “Fuzz. Mike’s latest project is a documentary film – “Proud to be Cape Verdean – A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State,” which he wrote, produced and directed. Side Door Entertainment, Mike’s production company is currently in pre-production with “The Heart of Porto Novo” a touching love story that takes place on the picturesque Cape Verdean island of Santo Antão.