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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Michael Mann's "ENZO FERRARI" Starring Christian Bale Funded by Vendian Entertainment and YooZoo Bliss


Paramount will Release Worldwide Except in Territories
Handled by Vincent Maraval’s Insiders at Upcoming AFM

LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2015) – Paramount will release Academy Award-nominated director Michael Mann’s (HEAT, THE INSIDER, COLLATERAL) ENZO FERRARI, starring Academy Award-winner Christian Bale (DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY, THE FIGHTER, AMERICAN HUSTLE) as Ferrari. It takes place in one pivotal year, 1957.  It is the personal story of a passionate man and his sprawling world, at times hilarious and at the next moment devastating, as he faces a brutal challenge to his survival.

Vendian Entertainment and YooZoo Bliss Film Fund have come on to finance the heavily-anticipated project, which will shoot next summer in Italy. Mann will produce along with Vendian and YooZoo Bliss. YooZoo Pictures also will distribute ENZO FERRARI in China. Vincent Maraval’s Insiders will commence international sales on selected territories at next month’s American Film Market.

ENZO FERRARI was written by Troy Kennedy-Martin (THE ITALIAN JOB, KELLY’S HEROES, EDGE OF DARKNESS), revised by David Rayfiel (THE FIRM, SABRINA) and Michael Mann and based on the Brock Yates book, “Enzo Ferrari, The Man, the Cars, the Races.”  Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents Mann, arranged financing for the film and brokered the distribution deals.  Production partners also include Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Gabrielle Israeliovici.

Vendian Entertainment’s first release was Scott Cooper’s crime drama, BLACK MASS, starring Johnny Depp. Other upcoming films include Garry Ross’ Civil War thriller, THE FREE STATE OF JONES, starring Matthew McConaughey, and Oliver Stone’s biopic SNOWDEN, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Doug Liman’s crime thriller, MENA, starring Tom Cruise.

YooZoo Pictures and Bliss Media recently launched YooZoo Bliss Film Fund as an equity fund designed to finance projects for the global marketplace. In addition, YooZoo Pictures recently acquired the Chinese distribution rights to the Mel Gibson-directed HACKSAW RIDGE, and is in active development on THE DRAGON & THE PHOENIX.

About Vendian Entertainment
Vendian Entertainment is a leading motion picture company that finances and produces studio quality feature films for worldwide distribution. The company is focused on wide release, star and director driven commercial films for a global audience. Vendian is backed by a strong capitalization and represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA). The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Los Angeles with offices in New York City.

About YooZoo Bliss Film Fund (YZBFF)
Shanghai-based YooZoo Pictures and Bliss Media recently formed YooZoo Bliss Film Fund (YZBFF), a $100 million equity fund designed to finance Chinese co-productions and International films with global appeal. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) advised on the fund’s formation and represents the company on behalf of managing directors, Wei Han and Lin Qi, the founder and chairman of parent company, Youzu Interactive, which is the only electronic gaming company that is publicly traded on the main board of the Shenzhen Stock exchange and has a market cap of nearly $4.5 billion.

Backed by substantial capital, YooZoo Pictures recently set up YooZoo Pictures U.S., which falls under the purview of CEO Wei Han, who is also the founder / President of Bliss Media and based in the Los Angeles headquarters. YZBFF is tasked with creating opportunities for Chinese companies to directly participate in the investment, production and distribution progress of international films, connecting Chinese film industry with the international market.


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