New York, NY
Narrated by Dr. Dre, Doc featuring Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson
Was Set to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April
Screen Media Ventures, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, has acquired all North American rights to the feature-length film Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story and plans a Q4 launch. The documentary, originally titled Tough Love: The Lennox Lewis Documentary was set to premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival before the fest was cancelled, and instead played in the Cannes virtual market.
Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story chronicles the life of Lennox Lewis, the last boxer to hold the undisputed heavyweight title. Narrated by Dr. Dre, the film features interviews with Lewis’ toughest opponents including Mike Tyson and Jim Lampley. Highlighting never-before-seen footage of Lewis’ personal archives, coverage of some of the champ’s greatest fights, and extensive interviews with the man himself, the film shines light on what makes a true champion. Directed by Rick Lazes and Seth Koch, the film was written by Josh Dubin and Koch. The Irishman executive producer Chad A. Verdi, Rick Lazes, Nick Koskoff and Tom DeNucci produced the film. Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Joker) and Michelle Verdi (Wander) executive produced.
“Lennox Lewis was one of the era’s greatest boxing champions, so I am honored to bring his story to an international audience,” said Lazes. “Lennox overcame many obstacles on his road to the top. He grew up in London during the Brixton riots, but when he moved to Canada it was the local policeman that taught him how to box. We’ve combed through hundreds of hours of archival video of some of the greatest boxing matches of all time and combined them with dozens of new interviews with boxing greats.”
“The filmmaking team has done an incredible job showcasing the real Lennox Lewis, about whom so many know so little. We’re excited for audiences to watch and engage with this terrific documentary,” said Screen Media in a statement.
The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, SVP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Screen Media and J.D. Beaufils, President of Sales at VMI Worldwide, on behalf of the filmmakers during the Virtual Cannes Market.
The acquisition of Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story continues Screen Media’s recent aggressive distribution strategy. The company recently announced the acquisition of Cagefighter, starring real fighters Jon Moxley and Chuck Lidell, and will release Blackbird, the Roger-Michell-helmed drama starring Susan Saradon, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska on September 18. In addition, Rod Lurie’s feature film The Outpost, based on Jake Tapper’s New York Times Best Seller The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, has been one of the top films this summer across all platforms since its launch July 4th weekend. The company is also in post-production on Willy’s Wonderland with Nicolas Cage.
ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES, LLC
Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films for the US and Canada. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit: www.screenmedia.net.
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 a majority stake in Crackle Plus, a company formed with Sony Pictures Television, 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, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. 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.
ABOUT VMI WORLDWIDE
VMI Worldwide is one of the leading, independent film sales, distribution and production companies based in Hollywood, California. Founded in 2010 by Andre Relis, VMI has an impeccable reputation in the industry by building a strong collaborative and transparent relationship with filmmakers, financiers, and distributors. VMI’s mandate is to support high quality independent filmmaking by bringing together visionary talented filmmakers and collaborating with financiers and distributors. VMI's goal is to establish long-term partnerships by building strong and honest relationships, while acquiring and producing cast driven, commercial and marketable feature films, documentaries and TV content.
VMI’s latest titles include: The Last Son of Isaac LeMay starring Sam Worthington and Colson Baker, ARKANSAS starring Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth and John Malkovich, WAKE UP starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Francesca Eastwood, IN HARMS WAY starring Emile Hirsh and Crystal Liu (a Asian World Film Festival Official Selection), OUTLAWS AND ANGELS starring Luke Wilson (a Sundance Official Selection), FORESAKEN starring Kiefer and Donald Sutherland (a Toronto Official Selection).
ABOUT VERDI PRODUCTIONS
Verdi Productions is a fully-funded film production company located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, with additional satellite offices in Edgartown, Massachusetts, New York City and Los Angeles. The company pursues all aspects of filmmaking -- carrying projects from concept through postproduction.
Over the past 10 years, managing partner Chad A. Verdi and his investment partners have invested over $100 million dollars into twenty feature films. Verdi has produced five films in partnership with Emma Tillinger Koskoff and the legendary Martin Scorsese. Verdi produced BLEED FOR THIS (Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katay Sagal, Ciaran Hinds), and executive produced SILENCE (directed by Martin Scorsese; starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ken Watanabe), BAD HURT (starring Theo Rossi, Ashley Williams) and the documentary THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT (directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi). Verdi’s latest production, THE IRISHMAN, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci debuted on Netflix in November.