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Screen Media goes full-throttle on Russell Crowe’s Poker Face

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Company (Nasdaq: CSSE), today announced that it has acquired all North American rights to the thriller Poker face from Arclight Films. Directed by and with Academy Award® Winner Russell Crowe, the film also stars Liam Hemsworth, RZA and Elsa Pataky, and is written by Stephen M. Coates and Crowe. Screen Media is planning a theatrical release on November 16, 2022, followed by a digital release on November 22, 2022.

Poker face is produced by Gary Hamilton (Arclight Films) and Keith Rodger (Fear of God Films), along with Ying Ye and Ryan Hamilton of Arclight Films, actor/producer Addam Bramich, Jeanette Volturno and Jason Clark of Catchlight Studios, as well as Matt Williams. Brian Beckmann of Arclight Films, Seth Needle and Conor McAdam of Screen Media, David Nagleberg, Walter Josten, Joe Thomas, Mikael Borglund, Romilda De Luca, Elizabeth Zavoyskiy, Andrew Kotliar, Jay Douglas and Alceon Entertainment Partners serve as executive producers, alongside Sky’s Julia Stuart and Laura Grange.

Set in the world of high-stakes poker, Crowe plays billionaire tech and gambler Jake Foley who offers his best friends a night they’ll never forget, a chance to win more money than they have never dreamed. But to play, they’ll have to give up the one thing they spend their lives trying to keep…their secrets. As the game unfolds, friends will find out what is really at stake.

“It’s exciting to have Screen Media’s top notch team on board to distribute Poker face and bring this incredible film to American audiences. Russell has created a phenomenal film and is joined onscreen by a brilliant ensemble cast – we are very proud to be part of this project,” said Arclight Films President Gary Hamilton.

“We are thrilled to be working with Russell and the team at Arclight on this thriller film,” said David Fannon, Director of Acquisitions and Distribution at Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “We’ve been huge fans of the story since we first read it years ago, and Russell has incorporated it into the entertaining adventure we know audiences will soon love to experience.”

Academy Award® Winner Russell Crowe made his feature directorial debut in 2014 with The water diviner, in which he also starred. He can currently be seen in Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder and his next films include The greatest beer race of all time and Kraven the hunter. He is currently spinning The Pope’s Exorcist.

Liam Hemsworth, best known for The hunger Games the franchise is currently running planet alone with Laura Dern.

Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, best known for her role as Elena Neves in The fast and the furious Netflix’s franchise and high-octane action thriller Interceptorwill be seen next as Gabrielle in Sony Carmena modern reimagining of the classic opera “Carmen”.

Grammy-nominated Wu-Tang Clan member RZA starred alongside Denzel Washington and Josh Brolin in american mobster, Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in Universal Pictures’ The iron man

fists, and Jude Law and Forest Whitaker in Universal Studios Rest Men. He also lends his distinctive voice to Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Crowe is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher, LLP (GGSSC); Hemsworth is represented by WME Entertainment; RZA is represented by CAA and Pataky is represented by CAA and Morrissey Management.

The deal was brokered by Seth Needle, executive vice president of global acquisitions and coproductions, on behalf of Screen Media with Arclight Films, which handles global sales at Poker face.

Screen Media recently acquired Renny Harlin’s action flick Mason with Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev of Millennium Films, as well as The locksmith with Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth and Ving Rhames. Other recent acquisitions include worldwide rights to the Bella Thorne-directed thriller Saint Clare also starring Ryan Phillippe and Rebecca DeMornay, Kevin Lewis’ sequel to Willy’s Wonderland, Cursed with Alexis Knapp and Mena Suvari and The executor with Antonio Banderas and Kate Bosworth. Recent cinematic releases include The Immaculate Room with Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth and Ashley Greene KhouryNan movie with Catherine Tate, Codename Banshee with Antonio Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan, the good neighbor with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the Psychological Horror Film Monstrouswith Christina Ricci.

ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES LLC

Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Company (Nasdaq: CSSE), is a leading independent distributor of feature films, television series and documentaries in North America and provides high-quality content to the global marketplace. through its overseas sales. division. The company is the main content provider for Crackle Plus streaming services, as well as third-party streaming platforms. With its recent acquisitions of 1091 Pictures and Sonar Entertainment library assets, Screen Media continues to expand its library of nearly 7,000 TV series and motion pictures. Screen Media’s diverse lineup of titles includes critically acclaimed titles and audience favourites: the outpost with Scott Eastwood, Willy’s Wonderland with the Oscar® Winner Nicolas Cage, groundbreaking documentaries such as The phenomenon and Grammy Award winner Linda Ronstadt: The sound of my voice, and independent film successes, including the Oscar® Winner Taika Waititi What we do in the shadows and Wilderpeople Hunt. For more information visit: www.screenmedia.net

ABOUT ARCLIGHT FILMS

For more information on Arclight Films, please visit: arclightfilms.com

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR SOUL ENTERTAINMENT

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services. The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported VOD streaming services, including Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Popcornflix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its subsidiaries Screen Media and 1091 Pictures and produces original video content through Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group. The company recently acquired Redbox, which operates a fast-growing digital streaming service that provides both ad-supported (AVOD) and paid movies from Hollywood studios and hundreds of content partners, as well as more than 145 free ad-supported streaming TV channels (FAST). . Redbox also operates its popular kiosks across the United States in thousands of outlets, providing consumers with affordable access to the latest in entertainment. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the popular book series and produces premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand.

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