Rough Diamond Productions is a leading film production company founded by producer Julia Verdin in 1993 with the goal of creating outstanding feature films that entertain and inspire.

Rough Diamond distinguishes itself by crafting social message narratives at all budget levels that arouse compassion, guarantee entertainment, and foster participation. We are in the business of audience engagement and participation through stories of informed hope, both touching and visceral. As humanity’s crises take on different shapes and echoes, the way we go about our business is constant: Boldly choose avenues of storytelling that peer deeply into the heart of human nature.

Rough Diamond continuously works with top directors and writers with original voices and visions, and cultivates top talent relationships in a collaborative fashion. To date, films produced by Julia Verdin and Rough Diamond have gone into many major film festivals including Sundance, Toronto and Venice, and been picked up by major film studios and TV networks.

Our Team

Julia Verdin

Julia Verdin

President

British producer Julia Verdin has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent film producers with over 32 feature films produced to date.

Verdin has produced theatrical releases including the Newmarket release Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes, starring Thomas Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara; Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding The Bullet based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson and Barbara Hershey, and 2 Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose, starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston and Sienna Miller.

Verdin actively runs her organizations Rough Diamond Productions, Rough Diamond Management, and currently serves on the board of directors of BAFTA.

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Halil Sevis

Halil Sevis

Production Executive

As Production Executive, Halil Sevis oversees day-to-day creative and business operations at Rough Diamond Productions.

Halil has been working at Rough Diamond since 2012. He works on development, production, and marketing of the feature films, and reports to Julia Verdin.. He has worked on the recent theatrical release 2 Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston and Sienna Miller; Lost Girls (short), directed by Julia Verdin, and starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols and Siena Goines; The Unwilling, directed by Oscar nominated director Jonathan Heap and starring David Lipper, Dina Meyer and Lance Henriksen; and 7Seconds, directed by Jeffrey Obrow, and starring Christopher Lloyd and Dwight Yoakam.

He’s currently attached to Rough Diamond’s upcoming feature film projects Lost Girls: Angie, Amy and Angel and Honor, and Oscar- and Palme d’Or-nominated director James Dearden’s (Fatal Attraction, Pascali’s Island), Surviving Christmas.

Before working at Rough Diamond, Halil worked at Number 1 Media Group in Istanbul with founder Omer Karacan and partner Alasdair Dundas. He holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Management from Turkey’s leading Sabanci University.

Halil was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He speaks English, Turkish and German.

Sean Michael Acosta

Business Advisor

As business advisor, Sean Michael Acosta advises Rough Diamond on feature film investments in line with the company’s mission to create inspiring films.

Michael also manages his own multi-million dollar real estate asset portfolio. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Michael worked at Kline and Friends (Win Lose or Draw, The Price Is Right, The 3rd Degree, Marsha Warfield Show, etc.). He then moved to Orange County and worked as a real estate agent at  firms including Prudential Realty of Newport Beach.

During the same period, Michael also created a Marina and Dock Rental Brokerage based in Newport Beach. Michael’s unique business model and success in this new niche market gained a considerable amount of attention. Michael has been mentioned in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and Sea Magazine.