Relativity Media and Bandito Brothers Reenlist for TV Project Based on Box Office Hit Act of Valor
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) September 6, 2012 – Relativity, RelativityREAL and the Bandito Brothers will bring their No.1 box office film Act of Valor to the small screen, it was announced today by Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley, RelativityREAL’s CEO, Tom Forman, and the Bandito Brothers. The theatrical release over-performed at the box office and in-home entertainment markets, including VOD and is soon to be broadcast on the FX Network.
The companies will work together to develop and shop an original and exclusive project based on the hit film, taking it to broadcast and cable networks shortly.
The film was an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, starring a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, alongside actors Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nester Serrano, in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of a real life Navy SEAL operation, Act of Valor featured a riveting story, taking audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all.
Act of Valor’s success continued with Act of Valor: The Album, the soundtrack released by Relativity Music Group which peaked at No. 7 on the Top 100 albums chart and No. 1 on the country album chart. The soundtrack features new music from some of today’s top recording artists including: Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Montgomery Gentry.
“I was blown away by the realism and authenticity of Act of Valor. We’re thrilled to work with the Bandito Brothers to make something more visceral than any other show on television,” Forman said.
“We’re excited to be reuniting with Relativity again in order to develop this series and tell stories about real acts of valor in a unique and engaging way,” said Bandito Brothers.
Act of Valor will mark the second project that RelativityREAL has leveraged from feature film to television, following “Catfish: The TV Show” premiering on MTV in November. It is currently exploring television options for film properties Immortals, Haywire and Movie 43.
ABOUT RELATIVITY MEDIA
Relativity Media is a next-generation studio engaged in multiple aspects of entertainment, including full-scale film and television production and distribution, the co-financing of major studio film slates, music publishing, sports management and digital media. Additionally, the company makes strategic partnerships with, and investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets.
To date, Relativity has produced, distributed, and/or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures. Released films have accumulated more than $17 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Relativity’s recent films include: The Bourne Legacy, The Raven, Mirror Mirror, Act of Valor, Haywire, Immortals, Tower Heist, Bridesmaids, Limitless, Hop, Cowboys & Aliens, Battle: Los Angeles, Little Fockers, The Fighter, The Social Network, Salt, Despicable Me, Grown Ups, Dear John, It’s Complicated, Couples Retreat and Zombieland. Upcoming films for Relativity include: House at the End of the Street, Movie 43, Safe Haven, 21 and Over and Paranoia. Thirty-nine of the company’s films have opened to No. 1 at the box office. Relativity films have earned 60 Oscar® nominations, including nods for The Fighter, The Social Network, The Wolfman, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma. Sixty-two of Relativity’s films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts.
RelativityREAL, Relativity’s television arm, has more than 70 projects in active production, including 17 original series that are currently airing or will air in the upcoming television season including Police Women for TLC, Coming Home for Lifetime and The Great Food Truck Race for Food Network. Relativity also owns and operates RogueLife, Relativity’s digital content studio is developing original content for the web and creating sustainable online platforms and communities. Relativity Music Group, a music division of Relativity, provides music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films produced and/or distributed by Relativity Media and other major Hollywood studios. Relativity Sports is a fast-growing sports management company dedicated to providing high-profile athletes with a full-range of professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.relativitymedia.com.
Under the leadership of award-winning producer Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kid Nation), Relativity’s television arm launched in June 2008. The division has quickly become one of the country's largest suppliers of unscripted television. RelativityREAL currently has 70 projects in active production, including 17 original series. In addition, the division is developing a slate of scripted sitcoms, dramas, and sketch comedy series to be released in the upcoming year. Most recently, RelativityREAL partnered with YouTube and will be launching a channel in the fall. RelativityREAL's executive ranks are bolstered by overall production deals with TV veterans Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh, Wilmer Valderrama's WV Enterprises, Ashley Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions, and executive producer Ellen Rakieten (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”).
ABOUT BANDITO BROTHERS
Bandito Brothers is a full service transmedia studio that creates, produces and finances a vast array of authentic and immersive action content for all mediums including film, television and digital. Bringing together world-class filmmakers, athletes, and technologists in its state of the art facility situated on a square acre in the heart of Los Angeles, Bandito Brothers strives to redefine the studio of the future. Recent projects include: the feature film ACT OF VALOR, which stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism, that Relativity released #1 at the box office on February 24, 2012; WAITING FOR LIGHTENING, a documentary about the extraordinary life of skateboard legend Danny Way that Samuel Goldwyn Films is releasing this fall; and the action film NEED FOR SPEED, based on the popular video game, that Scott Waugh will direct and DreamWorks is producing.
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