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Louis J. Reda (January 31, 1925 – September 30, 2017)[1] was an American filmmaker, specializing in television documentaries, who produced some 30 productions, as chairman of Lou Reda Productions, based in Easton, Pennsylvania.[2] Reda's production company has been called "the largest producer of programs for the A&E and History Channel cable operations",[3] accounting for some 10% of the material shown on the two cable networks.[4] Productions by Reda's firm include The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors.

Reda was from Phillipsburg, New Jersey.[5] He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 during his freshman year at Phillipsburg High School and was initially assigned to duty as a deep sea diver.[6]

A resident of Lopatcong Township, New Jersey, Reda died at the age of 92 on September 30, 2017.[7]


  1. ^ "Louis J. Reda". Legacy. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ Lou Reda profile Archived 2008-08-20 at the Wayback Machine, Lou Reda Productions. Accessed October 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Molotsky, Irvin. " President of Kennedy Center Is Leaving for Internet Job", The New York Times, April 7, 2000. Accessed October 28, 2007. "In it Mr. Wilker will join Lou Reda, the largest producer of programs for the A&E and History Channel cable operations."
  4. ^ Byalick, Marcia. "Weaving Tales From History for TV Series", The New York Times, April 12, 1998. Accessed October 28, 2007. "Along with a producer, Lou Reda (a super peddler, a man of whom it has been said has the power to clog men's minds), and a line editor, Sammy Jackson, Mr. Stahl is responsible for up to 10 percent of what is produced on A&E and the History Channel."
  5. ^ Jones, Joyce. "Creating Postcards Not Just for Tourists", The New York Times, July 12, 1992. Accessed October 28, 2007. "In his efforts to satisfy the public's penchant for nostalgia, Mr. Scheller met with a collector of Civil War memorabilia, Lou Reda of Phillipsburg, who introduced him to the Charles Fifer collection of photo plates, hand-colored by Currier & Ives in 1876."
  6. ^ Devlin, Ron. "Documentary Maker Happy Being Mr. History At 71, Easton's Lou Reda Is Riding The Wave Of A Renewed Interest In History, Thanks To Cable TV.", The Morning Call, September 29, 1996. Accessed March 14, 2011. "As a kid in the '30s, Reda sang for nickels in Phillipsburg's working-class gin mills. In 1942, when he was a freshman at Phillipsburg High, he quit school and put on a Navy uniform."
  7. ^ Novak, Steve. "Lou Reda, renowned local producer of 100s of documentaries, dies at 92", The Express-Times, September 30, 2017. Accessed September 30, 2017. "The production company said goodbye to the boss Saturday morning, when Lou Reda died from a sudden illness. He was 92.... Reda, a World War II Navy veteran who lived in Lopatcong Township for decades, produced hundreds of documentaries for A&E and the History Channel in the '80s and '90s, his son said."

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