Julia Verdin

Julia Verdin One of Hollywood's leading independent film producers- Most recent film Two Jacks http://www.facebook.com/twojacksfilm - check out our page!

British Producer JULIA VERDIN has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent Producers having produced to date 29 feature films. Julia produced the critically acclaimed 2004 Newmarket release STANDER, a British/Canadian/South African co-production starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara directed by Bronwen Hughes (‘Forces of Nature’). Julia is an Executive Producer on MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes which was released to great critical acclaim by Sony Classics December 2004, and Co-Producer on RIDING THE BULLET based on a Steven King story directed By Mick Garris starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen and Barbara Hershey, released theatrically autumn 2004. Her most recent project THE LEAST AMONG YOUstarring Lou Gossett Jnr, Lauren Holly and William Devane recently premiered at The Palm Springs International festival and has just been released by Lionsgate. Currently in post production is TWO JACKS based on the Leo Tolstoy story “Two Hussars” written and directed by Bernard Rose starring Sienna Miller, Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Jacqueline Bisset, Izabella Miko, Lydia Hearst, Jamie Harris, Richard Portnow and Billy Zane and in Pre – Production is CATWALK to be directed by Tony Hickox. Julia started her producing career as head of production for the U.K. Company WASA Films. During her four years at WASA, Julia was involved in setting up THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, based on Frederick Forsythe best seller, starring Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan and Joanna Cassidy. Julia then went on to produce SPYTRAP, a comedy directed by Arthur Sherman and released in the U.S. by Hemdale. Following this, she produced THE OPEN WINDOW, directed by Rupert Wainwright for Chanticleer, which premiered on Showtime. Before leaving WASA, Julia also developed two projects, A WITCH IN NEW YORK and JUNK JOHNSON, which were picked up by Orion and Pathe/MGM. In addition, Julia produced a short film for Philips Interactive Media of America and produced and hosted the international entertainment TV show HOLLYWOOD UPDATE. She has also produced co–produced segments and acted as one of the lead presenters for the British entertainment series INVITATIONS. Prior to her producing career Julia started in the film business as an actress and appeared in several British films and popular British TV series Other films she has produced include I WITNESS directed by Rowdy Harrington, starring Jeff Daniels and James Spader, GREEN MAIL starring Steven Baldwin and Tom Skerritt, THE SHIPMENT starring Mathew Modine and Nick Turturro, Elisabeth Berkley, THE CONTAMINATED MAN starring William Hurt, Peter Weller and Natascha McElhone and STYX starring Peter Weller, Angus MacFayden and Brian Brown, directed by Alex Wright and all for Promark UK. Julia was also an associate producer on IN PURSUIT directed by Peter Pistor starring Daniel Baldwin, Claudia Shiffer and Dean Stockwell. Julia also co-produced BALLAD OF THE NIGHTINGALE with Virginia Madsen, Maria Cuccinota (Il Postino) Seymour Cassell, Michael Madsen and Harry Dean Stanton and LONE HERO , directed by Ken Sanzel starring Lou Diamond Philips, Sean Patrick Flanery and Robert Forester, BLACK POINT , directed by David MacKay starring David Caruso, Thomas Ian Griffith and Susan Haskell, SLIPSTREAM starring Sean Astin and Vinnie Jones, INFINITE DARKNESS starring Casper Van Dien and Erika Eleniak, PAST PERFECT, starring Eric Roberts for Nu Image and THE SET UP, a bank heist thriller based on a James Hadley Chase best-selling novel, which stars Billy Zane, James Coburn, Mia Sara and James Russo for MGM/Showtime during 1994. In 1993 Julia produced TEMPTATION, an action-packed revenge thriller for Dino De Laurentiis Communications starring Jeff Fahey, David Keith and Alison Doody. Directed by Strathford Hamilton and filmed on location in Miami, it premiered at the Florida Film Festival. MATTERS OF TRUST and DETOUR were both picked up by October Films, and BREED APART premiered on HBO under the title PERFECT ASSASINS. Other projects in development include family film RILEY PARKS to be directed by Jeffrey Obrow, NEUROMANCER based on the William Gibson Sci Fi Best seller to be directed by Vincent Natali, ROMEO SPY – a Spy story to be directed by Bronwen Hughes (Stander), CINDY IN IRAQ to be directed by Eva Gardos and BLIND BASTARDS CLUB to be directed by Ash Baron – Cohen and DOWN DOG written by Jamie Harris to be directed by Ash Baron Cohen and starring Jamie Harris and Jared Harris. CURTAINS written by Cynthia Riddle – a wonderful drama about the colourful and flamboyant famous french actress Sarah Bernhardt. One of Julia’s many strengths is her excellent talent connections and knowing how to acquire the talent and structure a stellar cast around a great script and get amazing production value for a very reasonable budget. She has strong story sense and great development skills in working with writers. She has a great passion for film and excellent industry knowledge. She is also very experienced in on set producing, great people skills and has managed to bring in all the films she has hands on produced on time and on budget. Julia has also served for 3 years on the board of Seven Arts Pictures PLC a film production and foreign sales company – this experience gave her good insight into the workings of the foreign sales and distribution side of the business. Julia is currently on the board of director of BAFTA-LA. She owns and runs her own film production company – Rough Diamond Productions in Los Angeles for the last 17 years. She also owns a management company Rough Diamond Management representing many talented actors. Julia likes to find films that have both a commercial appeal to them and also a good social message. She is very passionate about the business and over the years has spoken on many panels, is in demand as a consultant for other indie producers and production companies and has also helped up and coming talent get their foot in the door. She currently divides her time between the London and Los Angeles.

We're very excited to announce that our film, #LostGirls, will be screened at the Culver City Film Festival on December ...
11/21/2016

We're very excited to announce that our film, #LostGirls, will be screened at the Culver City Film Festival on December 6th at 9pm at the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood. Come, join us and our friends!

To purchase your ticket: http://culvercityfilmfestival.com/schedule/

Congrats Julia Verdin Lost Girls has been accepted into the Culver City Film Festival

"Julia Verdin’s film is not only a valiant undertaking; it is extraordinarily moving." The Huffington Post Jillian Dale ...
09/06/2016
Lost Girls – A Portrayal of Child Sex Trafficking

"Julia Verdin’s film is not only a valiant undertaking; it is extraordinarily moving."

The Huffington Post Jillian Dale #LostGirls

Estimated to be a $32 billion trade, sex trafficking is the largest illegal industry in the world. Lost Girls is a social message film, produced by Rough...

04/19/2014

Congrats to all who got cast! Thanks to all who did wonderful auditions and look forward to seeing you again soon. You all did great Job- was wonderful to see so many well prepared talent actors!

04/12/2014

Great casting session today - Great to see so many talented and well prepared actors!

04/08/2014

Doing a casting session at our office this Friday for 2 roles for new sitcom HOLLYWOOD HILLS for Producer friend.

ESPERANZA REYES, 25

She is elegant, drop dead beautiful and poised and at the same time is possessed of a raw sexuality and the temperament of a hardened MMA fighter. Unafraid, her mercurial nature makes even more imposing...and seductive. Prone to emptying the china cabinet in the midst of a lover’s quarrel and making mad, passionate love atop the pyre. She is fiercely determined and likes things to go her way and has a hard time understanding when they don’t. Think a 25 year old Eva Longoria!

ELEANOR “ELLIE” BARROW, 24

A classic blonde bombshell, capable of captivating an audience with a single glance. Her naivety portends trouble and speaks to an inner innocence, highlighted by her persona. If anything, she appears an anachronism: slightly out of date in the modern world, though a welcome distraction from it. Liable to wear furs, even in Southern California and get away with it - even around card-carrying members of PETA. Think a 25 year old Marilyn Monroe.



STORY LINE: A sitcom about six young people from all different backgrounds, living in the same house. In the Hollywood Hills.

email us or post pic and demo reel here and we will call in all those who are right.

10/28/2013

Thanks all for posting demo reels and links - will be reviewing all tonight and will get in contact with those who are a good fit- stay tuned!

10/28/2013

UK film casting - all roles local hire out of UK - several 18-30 year old male and female roles still to be cast - post your demo reel if of interest and you would like to do a self tape and i will send sides to all those who are a good fit

If anyone is interested in learning more about International  Co- Production funding  - i am also speaking on Panel on t...
09/30/2013
Movie Money - International Co-Production - Raindance

If anyone is interested in learning more about International Co- Production funding - i am also speaking on Panel on this at Raindance film festival in London on Tues 1st October at 1pm
http://raindancefestival.org/events/movie-money-international-co-production/

Filmmaking is an art for the savvy: the extraordinarily high costs of making a movie, coupled with the difficulty of finding someone to invest in the arts, means that producers must find new ways of raising and saving funds for their projects. Luckily, within countries’ tax laws and business develop...

If you want to learn about indie film financing - i am moderating a panel on it on Wed 2nd Oct at 2.45pm in London at Ra...
09/30/2013
Distribution - The International Market for Indie Film - Raindance

If you want to learn about indie film financing - i am moderating a panel on it on Wed 2nd Oct at 2.45pm in London at Raindance film festival
http://raindancefestival.org/events/distribution-the-international-market-for-indie-film/

“It’s a buyers market.” This is a common phrase you’ll hear if you walk the corridors of the international film markets like Cannes or AFM. The film markets are saturated with new independent films and the competition for films to be sold to buyers and distributors is fierce. What are the lessons fi...

09/04/2013

CASTING
We're in the middle of casting for the lead role in the movie and have been doing casting sessions in London. Someone who can take on the lead role of Pursuit Dealnge that was played so brilliantly by James Callis in the short film.

We're looking for the next Hugh Grant - someone who can fill those comedy shoes yet make the role their own. We've already seen some amazing auditions and have more to come. If you have anyone in your network who wants to audition or send a tape or post an audtion tape on YouTube and send the link - they email me directly at [email protected]
...

04/17/2013

Looking for a british host for job late 20's- mid 30's - have thought of Anouska and Carly but if anyone has other ideas - please let me know

12/12/2012

Producer and Director friends of mine is doing a script reading for their new film - A perfect Wedding and needs a British actress 50's for 1 role and British actor 30's for another role -call Caroline
+1 424 278 8001 if you would be interested and avail to do Fri 1.30pm in West Hollywood

10/15/2012

Just had a lovely day speaking on a panel about film financing and how to get your films financed at La Femme Film Festival and met many talented film makers

10/14/2012
Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a.

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10/14/2012
Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a.

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10/14/2012
Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a.

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10/14/2012
Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a.

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Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a Down Economy”Posted onOctober 9, 2012byhsevisJulia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution:Getting Money in a Down Economy”, aimed explore all the possibilities of ge...

10/14/2012
Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a.

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Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a Down Economy”Posted onOctober 9, 2012byhsevisJulia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution:Getting Money in a Down Economy”, aimed explore all the possibilities of ge...

10/14/2012
Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a.

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Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a Down Economy”Posted onOctober 9, 2012byhsevisJulia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution:Getting Money in a Down Economy”, aimed explore all the possibilities of ge...

10/14/2012
Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a.

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Julia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution: Getting Money in a Down Economy”Posted onOctober 9, 2012byhsevisJulia Verdin will be speaking on LA Femme Festival Panel, “Finance/Distribution:Getting Money in a Down Economy”, aimed explore all the possibilities of ge...

09/29/2012

Two Jacks will be at Vancouver International Film festival this weekend Saturday, September 29, 12:45 pm
Sunday, September 30, 9:30 pm
Thursday, October 4, 3:45 pm
Director Bernard Rose will be doing a Q+A after the Sunday 30th September screening

09/09/2012

Life is beautiful - Had evening of art, good conversation and good friends!

press conference on Two Jacks at Montreal Worldwide film festival
08/28/2012

press conference on Two Jacks at Montreal Worldwide film festival

Conférence de presse : Danny Huston & Jack Huston (acteurs) & Julia Verdin (productrice) du film américain en compétition mondiale : TWO JACKS - ©Sylvain Légaré

Press conference on Two Jacks at Montreal film festival
08/28/2012

Press conference on Two Jacks at Montreal film festival

Équipe du film TWO JACKS: Jack Huston, Danny Huston (acteurs), Julia Verdin (productrice) - ©Sylvain Légaré

08/25/2012

Just arrived up in Montreal for the film festival - Danny and Jack Huston and i just had a lovely dinner with Serge Losique
the director of the festival who told us many wonderful stories about the various directors and films he has had at the festival

08/19/2012

Spent day giving advice on pitching to writers all day! Good to see people are coming up with good creative idea's. Pitch tips- Keep it succinct and get their attention in the first 2 minutes. Have a great log line! Sell your passion with energy and enthusiasm - it's infectious

Nice article about Two Jacks in Montreal film festivalhttp://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2012/08/14/danny-huston-and-nephe...
08/17/2012
Danny Huston and nephew Jack add star power to World Film Festival | Montreal Gazette

Nice article about Two Jacks in Montreal film festival
http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2012/08/14/danny-huston-and-nephew-jack-add-star-power-to-world-film-festival/

Danny Huston is a fan of Montreal’s World Film Festival (FFM). The American actor was here last year in support of Eran Riklis’s movie Playoff. He returns with Bernard Rose’s Two Jacks, accompanied by his nephew Jack, who stars alongside him, as well as the film’s producer, Julia Verdin.

08/17/2012

Exciting news- Our film Two Jacks got into Montreal Film Festival-i will be going up there next weekend with our 2 lead actors Danny Huston and Jack Huston

05/24/2012

Just got back from Cannes film festival - was a lot of fun and lot of good meetings

02/12/2012
The Least Among You

Exciting day to day nominee lunch for - "THE LEAST AMONG YOU" http://www.theleastamongyou.com - a film i produced got nominated for NAACP awards - in 2 categories - Best Picture and our wonderful star Lou Gossett Jnr for best actor! Fingers crossed!

01/19/2012

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” - Maya Angelou - Feel lucky everyday to be following my passion!

12/28/2011

Hope all had a wonderful Xmas - am in London - want to see all my Uk friends so let me know if you are here

12/24/2011

HAPPY XMAS TO ALL! Enjoy and have lots of fun- smile, celebrate and make Xmas special for yourself and all around you!

12/15/2011

Fun had at The Brits in LA holiday party tonight!

12/05/2011

I am looking for a nice quiet tenant as have room in my house to rent - if anyone has friends coming out for pilot season and needing a place - have them contact me - room is available from Tues 6th September - has own bathroom and good closet space $1500 a month - happy to do short term

11/15/2011

Producer looking for a couple of British actors 45-50's to participate in promo reel for feature film - he is meeting me at british Breakfast tomorrow if anyone interested or post here

11/11/2011

Back in LA - seen some good films at AFI film festival - MY WEEK WITH MARILYN - Michelle Williams is great! SHAME - Michael Fassbender is a star!

10/25/2011

We were filming yesterday in beautiful Oxford College - blessed with a beautiful day too!

10/23/2011

Born of War - has started shooting- lovely crew - Vicky Jewson directing - am down in Oxford on set

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Hi Julia, I just joined Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission in Canada. Found an awesome castle on Vancouver Island. It was great visiting you last week looking forward to talking to you soon. Dan