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Saban Films Nabs Kriv Stenders’ “Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan”

Vietnam War Drama will be Slated for Theatrical Release LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2019) – Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kriv Stenders’ (Red Dog, Boxing Day) Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan starring Travis Fimmel (Warcraft: The Beginning, “Vikings”) and Daniel Webber (The Dirt, “The Punisher”).  The biggest budget Australian movie for a decade, the film is based on an unbelievable true story.  The Vietnam war drama was written by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), and James Nicholas, Karel Segers, Paul Sullivan and Jack Brislee.  The film was produced by John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz for Deeper Waters Productions, alongside Martin Walsh for Red Dune Films, Stuart Beattie, Tony H. Noun, Silvio Salom for SunJive Studios, and Andrew Mann.  The film will be slated for a theatrical release. Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan takes place late afternoon August 18, 1966, in South Vietnam.  For three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and…

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Saban Films Scores “Bottom of the 9th” Starring Joe Manganiello and Sofía Vergara

Heartfelt Baseball Drama to Hit Theaters on July 19th LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to director/screenwriter/author/musician Raymond De Felitta’s (City Island, “Madoff”) Bottom of the 9th.  Penned by Robert Bruzio and formerly titled Stano, the heartfelt baseball drama stars Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” Magic Mike) and Sofía Vergara (“Modern Family,” The Emoji Movie) in their magnetic joint-acting debut.  Manganiello produced with his brother Nick Manganiello under their 3:59 banner, alongside William Chartoff and Lynn Hendee.  Bottom of the 9th follows a man who returns to the Bronx after serving 17 years in prison for a violent mistake he made as a kid, ultimately robbing him of a professional baseball career and the love of his life.  The film is slated for a theatrical bow on July 19th. “This is the excellent first joint project for Joe and Sofia and their real-life chemistry shines on screen,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley.  “Bottom of the…

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Saban Films Acquires Casey Affleck’s Post-Apocalyptic “Light of My Life”

Survival Drama Made Its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival LOS ANGELES (MARCH 29, 2019) – Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to Academy Award® Winner Casey Affleck’s narrative feature debut, Light of My Life.  Written, directed by and starring Affleck (Manchester by the Sea, Interstellar), the dystopian survival drama also stars breakout star Anna Pniowsky (“PEN15”) and Golden Globe® Winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mad Men”).  Light of My Life made its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section. Light of My Life follows a father (Affleck) and child (Pniowsky) who journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world’s population. As a father struggles to protect his child at all costs, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested. “This has been a passion-driven project for the filmmakers, who have crafted a beautiful and sophisticated film, grounded with superb performances,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “We…

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Saban Films’ CFO Shanan Becker Expands Role to COO While SVP Jonathan Saba Extends Contract

The company has released almost 60 films since its launch in May 2014, with 30 films slated to be released in 2019 LOS ANGELES (March 27, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that Chief Financial Officer Shanan Becker will expand his responsibilities and add the title of Chief Operating Officer.  Becker has served as the Chief Financial Officer at Saban Films since 2014, when he co-founded the company alongside President Bill Bromiley.  Simultaneously, the company announced that Jonathan Saba has extended his contract as Senior Vice President for the indie studio. “My partnership with Shanan has extended across most of the last decade, and I’m pleased he is taking on more responsibility as Saban Films’ growth accelerates,” said President of Saban Films Bill Bromiley.  He continued, “Jonathan has been a key driver of the company’s success and has taken on multiple roles over the years.  I’m excited that he will be with us for the foreseeable future.”   The Los Angeles-based film acquisition and distribution company which focuses…

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Saban Films Takes Mafia Drama “Mob Town” Starring David Arquette

LOS ANGELES (March 5, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to Danny A. Abeckaser’s Mob Town starring David Arquette (Scream, Never Been Kissed), Jennifer Esposito (Crash, The Affair) Robert Davi (The Expendables 3, Die Hard), PJ Byrne (Green Book, Big Little Lies) and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Entourage, The Sopranos) along with Abeckaser (The Irishman, First We Take Brooklyn).  Previously titled Apalachin, Mob Town was written by Jon Carlo and Joe Gilford, and is produced by Abeckaser’s 2B Films. The feature is slated for a Summer 2019 release. Based in 1957, Mob Town follows local trooper Ed Croswell (Arquette) as he foils mobsters Vito Genovese (Davi) and Joseph Barbara's (Abeckaser) mafia summit in the rural town of Apalachin, New York. Croswell’s actions exposed the mob to the American public and changed the face of law enforcement forever. Saban Films negotiated the deal along with Bleiberg Entertainment on behalf of filmmakers.  Out of Sundance, Saban Films most recently announced their partnership…

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Saban Films Takes Richard Bates Jr.’s Horror Thriller “Tone-Deaf”

Robert Patrick and Amanda Crew Starrer to Make World Premiere at SXSW  LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s horror thriller Tone-Deaf.  The film stars Robert Patrick (“Scorpion,” Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and Amanda Crew (“Silicon Valley,” Table 19), and is produced by Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis, Brad Mendelsohn and Matt Smith, and Best Medicine Productions’ Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen.  Tone-Deaf will make its World Premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Tone-Deaf follows millennial Olive (Crew) who, after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, leaves the city for a weekend of peace in the country, only to discover the shockingly dark underbelly of rural America.  She rents an eccentric, ornate country house from Harvey (Patrick), an old-fashioned widower who's struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Soon two generations collide with terrifying results in this home invasion horror film that is also a darkly comedic critique…

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Saban Films Partners with Kevin Smith on “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”

LOS ANGELES (JANUARY 23, 2019) – Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jason Mewes and Smith are reprising the lead roles, alongside a number of returning players from the star-studded cast of the original movie, as well as a fresh new crop of cameos from the worlds of movies, TV, music and podcasting. Saban Films has committed to a substantial theatrical release. Jordan Monsanto of Smodco is producing alongside Destro Film’s Liz Destro. Production is currently underway. Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) were first introduced 25 years ago in Smith’s directorial debut, Clerks. The unlikely stoner icons have subsequently appeared in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II, as well as the animated film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. The new movie will skewer reboots, remakes, and sequels while simultaneously being all three…

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Saban Films Acquires Derrick Borte’s Dark Thriller “American Dreamer” Starring Jim Gaffigan

LOS ANGELES (November 5, 2018) – Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan (Chappaquiddick, Chuck) in his debut performance as a leading man. American Dreamer, which made its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival to a sold-out house, follows a down-on-his-luck ride share driver who makes extra cash chauffeuring a low-level drug dealer around town. He soon finds himself in a serious financial bind and decides to kidnap the dealer's child. As the night grows darker, the tension grows as he escorts the drug dealer in search of the missing child. The film was well received with The Hollywood Reporter calling Gaffigan’s performance “dramatically satisfying.”  Robbie Jones (Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor), Isabel Arraiza (“Elementary”), Alejandro Hernandez {“New Amsterdam”), and Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods), co-star. Directed by Borte (London Town, The Joneses) and penned with co-writer Daniel Forte (H8RZ), the film was produced by Scott Lochmus (To Dust, The Joneses) for Storyland…

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Saban Films Takes Tate Murders Thriller “The Haunting of Sharon Tate” Starring Hilary Duff

LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2018) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights from Voltage Pictures to true-crime psychological thriller The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff (“Younger,” The Perfect Man), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Cheaper by the Dozen 2) and Lydia Hearst (Between Worlds, “South of Hell”).  Daniel Farrands (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Haunting in Connecticut) wrote, directed and produced the film. Lucas Jarach and Eric Brenner also produced through Jim Jacobsen’s Skyline Entertainment banner, which also fully financed the film. The film follows actress Sharon Tate (Duff) in the weeks leading up to her and her unborn child’s murder as she is plagued by visions of her impending death. “The Tate Murders remain a horrifying cultural fascination, even nearly 50 years after they occurred,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “Hilary is mesmerizing as Sharon Tate; this is a brutal and unsettling story.” Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films, along with…

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Saban Films Takes a Stand with Olivia Wilde on “A Vigilante” with Directv

Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s Feature Debut Made its World Premiere at SXSW TORONTO (September XX, 2018) – Film acquisition and distribution company, Saban Films has acquired, along with DIRECTV, the North American rights to Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante, starring Olivia Wilde (Meadowland, Her, and the upcoming Life Itself).  The dramatic thriller made its World Premiere at SXSW and was produced by Lars Knudsen, Uncorked Productions’ Andrew D Corkin, Emmett Furla’s Randall Emmett and George Furla, Ambyr Childers, Wilde, and Allison Rose Carter.   Following its qualifying run in 2018, A Vigilante will be released theatrically by Saban in Q1 of 2019 and will have a one-month exclusive window on DIRECTV first.  Written by Daggar-Nickson, A Vigilante follows a once abused woman, Sadie (Wilde), who devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers. Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett, C.J. Wilson, Tonye Patano, Chuck Cooper, Betsy Aidem, Judy Marte also star. Saban Films CEO Bill Bromiley said: “Olivia plays a badass vigilante which is refreshing and relevant while also…

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