British Producer Julia Verdin has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, with over 30 critically acclaimed feature films produced to date.
Julia has produced theatrical releases including the Newmarket release Stander (2003), starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara directed by Bronwen Hughes; Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice (2004), directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes; andRiding The Bullet (2004) based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen and Barbara Hershey.
Her recent faith based film, Lionsgate release, The Least Among You (2009), starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly and William Devane, premiered on Showtime and was featured in many major festivals. The film was nominated for the 2012 NAACP awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Best Lead Actor.
Julia’s latest film 2 Jacks, based on Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars,” directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Zane, was released theatrically in October, 2013. Same year, Julia also Executive Produced Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, and starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia.
She is currently developing various projects with well-established Hollywood writers and directors including Surviving Christmas, written and to be directed by Academy Award Nominated filmmaker James Dearden; Invisible Army by acclaimed festival award winning writer/director Éva Gárdos;A.K.A written by Phillip Morton and to be directed by Academy Award Nominated director Jonathan Heap; Curtains, a WGA Autumn Stories 2010 selected period piece about eccentric Parisian stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, written by Cynthia Riddle; Deadline, a true story written by Peter Hunziker & Cynthia Riddle; and will also be a co-producer on William Gibson’s Neuromancer to be directed by Vincenzo Natali.
Some of the films Julia produced earlier in her career 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 and 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. 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, Slipstream starring Sean Austin and Vinnie Jones, 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, and Temptation, an action-packed revenge thriller for Dino De Laurentis Communications starring Jeff Fahey, David Keith and Alison Doody, both directed by Strathford Hamilton.
One of Julia’s many strengths is her excellent talent connections, and knowing how to acquire the talent and assemble a stellar cast around a great script, and get amazing production value on 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 extensive industry knowledge. She is also very experienced at on-set producing, has great people skills, and has managed to deliver all of her films on time and on budget. She has tremendous knowledge of tax incentive deals, and has shot films in many different locations worldwide.
This experience gave her good insight into the workings of the foreign sales and distribution side of the business as well as the corporate side of the business. She also has extensive talent packaging knowledge, and has cast many feature films for other production entities, as well as acquiring name talent for her own productions.
In the films that Julia selects to produce, she likes to find a good balance of mainstream commercial fare, interesting films that highlight important social issues, and intelligent eclectic films, which she believes in. 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.
Julia is based in Los Angeles, and still maintains a base in London. She founded and has been running Rough Diamond Productions, one of the major independent film production companies in Los Angeles, since 1995. She has been serving as a Director on the Board of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) since 2006 and has also served on the Board of Seven Arts Pictures PLC, a public film production and foreign sales company, for three years.
BOARD MEMBER OF BAFTA LA (BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS) – JAN 2006 – ONGOING
BOARD MEMBER OF SEVEN ARTS PLC – FILM PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION COMPANY – FEB 2007 – OCT 2010
MEMBERSHIPS: BAFTA, SAG, EQUITY, SOHO HOUSE