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Screen Media Films Signs Award Winning Producer Chad A. Verdi and The Woodhaven Production Company to a Ten Picture Deal

EAST GREENWICH, RI - April 9, 2014 ( Newswire) The Woodhaven Production Company and Screen Media Films are proud to announce a new ten picture deal between the two companies starting with the film 'Almost Mercy'.

Chad Verdi and his wife Michelle, through their production companies, Verdi Productions and The Woodhaven Production Company have had great success over the last four years with producing, filming, and selling six feature films.

They are now embarking on arguably one of the most aggressive production schedules to date; four feature films in twelve months.

Verdi stated, "Michelle and I just finished Executive producing our latest film in New York, titled BAD HURT and are currently in pre-production for Almost Mercy withfilming beginning in Rhode Island on April 28th. After the completion of Almost Mercy, we go right into pre-production on BLEED FOR THIS, with filming to commence September 2014. Next year, 2015, will start with a bang with an untitled project - filming starting in March."

Verdi added, "This all began with Screen Media Films in 2010 when they acquired my first film INKUBUS. SMF has now acquired five of my feature films including Almost Mercy. It’s a very special relationship that I value greatly. SMF has a great team led by President Suzanne Blech. We have achieved much success while working together for the past four years. Having a ten picture distribution deal is a filmmaker's dream."

Blech states, "We are excited to work even closer with Chad and his team in creating product that can have success in today’s marketplace. It is a great opportunity for both of us."

The ten picture deal is exclusive of Verdi's passion project BLEED FOR THIS. The movie tells the true-life story of 5-time world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza, as he recovers from a near fatal car accident that left him with a broken neck. He then goes on to win three additional world boxing titles, one of the most incredible and dramatic comebacks in sports history.

Golden Globe nominated actor Aaron Eckhart (THE DARK KNIGHT, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, I, FRANKENSTEIN) will take on the role of Paz's boxing trainer, Kevin Rooney. Rooney was the trainer to Mike Tyson when Tyson won his first heavyweight championship. Rooney had a major role in changing Vinny's boxing style that led him to become one of only two boxers ever to win titles in both the lightweight and junior middle weight class in 1991. The other boxer was Roberto Duran whom Vinny fought twice (with Vinny victorious in both fights).

Miles Teller (THE FANTASTIC FOUR, 21 & OVER, PROJECT X, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, THE SPECTACULAR NOW), currently starring in DIVERGENT, in theaters now, will take on the role of Vinny Paz.

The powerhouse team is led by writer/director Ben Younger (BOILER ROOM, PRIME), Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese (THE DEPARTED, GOODFELLAS), Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (AMERICAN BEAUTY, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (THE DEPARTED, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), Noah Kraft (LOOSIES), award-winning RI producer Chad A. Verdi (LOOSIES, A BET'S A BET, BAD HURT) and Michelle Verdi (LOOSIES, A BET'S A BET, BAD HURT).

About Screen Media

Screen Media acquires the rights to high quality, independent feature films for the US and Canada. Screen Media’s theatrical releases include "Heleno," starring Rodrigo Santoro; "La Mission," starring Benjamin Bratt; "The City of Your Final Destination," starring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney; "Lymelife," starring Alec Baldwin, Emma Roberts and Cynthia Nixon and "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" starring Robin Wright and Keanu Reeves. Since 2001, Screen Media Films has released more than 250 titles including "Noel," starring Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon; "Sherrybaby," starring Maggie Gyllenhaal; Kevin Bacon’s directorial debut, "Loverboy;" and Emmy nominated "Dog Whisperer" with Cesar Millan. Recent theatrical releases include Sundance favorites "The Lifeguard," starring Kristen Bell and Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "C.O.G.", the first film adaptation of famed author David Sedaris, and the Tribeca-award nominee "A Birder's Guide to Everything," starring Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Katie Chang. Upcoming theatrical releases include "Authors Anonymous," starring Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory, alongside Chris Klein and Dennis Farina.

Screen Media Films is a division of Screen Media Ventures, LLC. With a library of over 1,500 motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high quality motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues.

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About Woodhaven:

The Woodhaven Production Company, a subsidiary of Verdi Productions, is a fully funded film production company, covering all aspects of filmmaking from conception of script through post production.

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Contact Information

Chad A. Verdi CEO

Michelle L. Verdi Music and Talent Supervisor Media

Mary Larsen, Executive Coordinator, Verdi Productions & The Woodhaven Production Company


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