Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Screen Media Acquires Crime Thriller ‘La Soga Salvation’ Out of Toronto International Film Festival

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today Screen Media’s acquisition of all North American rights to the crime thriller film La Soga Salvation following its premiere at 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section. Directed by and starring Manny Perez (Pride & Glory, Homeland), La Soga Salvation also stars Chris McGarry (Lucifer), Juan Fernández (The Collector), Hada Vanessa (La Bruja), and Sarah Jorge Leon (La Siete Muertes). Screen Media is planning a day-and-date release in early 2022.

 

Years after his last hit as a skilled and sought-after hitman under the alias La Soga, Luisito (Perez) has finally settled down with his girlfriend Lía (Sarah Jorge Leon) in a quiet seaside town. Unfortunately, his past isn’t done with him. When criminal contractor Jimmy Mac (Chris McGarry) finds himself in need of a skilled hitman to take out a powerful Dominican drug lord, he can think of no better man for the job than La Soga. Jimmy kidnaps Lía, leaving Luisito with no other choice than to re-enter the criminal underworld and take on a crew of dangerous killers, including a particularly mysterious assassin, Dani (Hada Vanessa), who has long awaited the chance to even the score with her rival, La Soga.

 

Marking his directing debut, Manny Perez also serves as screenwriter, producer, and lead actor of La Soga Salvation, producing through Conuco Productions.

 

“I am so grateful that Screen Media will be releasing my first feature as a director,” said Manny Perez. “They have released a few other films where I was either the producer or the actor, so I feel like I am right back at home with the family that has taken care of me and now they will be handling my baby, La Soga Salvation.”

 

"We found ourselves passionate about the thrilling and heartfelt story Manny has crafted and know audiences will feel the same," said Screen Media in a statement. "We couldn’t be more excited to play a small role in Manny’s continued creative growth as a star, director, writer and producer."

 

Seth Needle, EVP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, negotiated the deal with Manny Perez and Steven Beer of Lewis Brisbois.

 

Screen Media recently acquired Casey Tebo’s Black Friday starring Devon Sawa and Bruce Campbell, which premiered at Fantastic Fest. Recent releases include Lina Roessler’s Best Sellers starring Aubrey Plaza and Michael Caine, and Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity starring John Boyega and Olivia Cooke. Previous releases include the Barry Pepper thriller Trigger Point, Simon West’s action disaster film Skyfire, and the Nicolas Cage hit Willy’s Wonderland.

 

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, APlus.com and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

 

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