Ice T & Scarface Gritty Street Drama, "The Ghetto" Gets Picked Up By Toronto's B-Squared Entertainment In Its First International Acquisition

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  • (1888PressRelease) July 25, 2014 - Toronto, Canada - In its latest aggressive pre-buy to line its slate with star-driven pictures, B-Squared Entertainment, has a month before the Toronto Film Festival, closed a deal to acquire international rights to "The Ghetto", the gritty street drama feature that stars Scarface, Ice T, Tyrin Turner and De'aundre Bonds.

    It was directed by respected helmer Manzie Jones, an emmy nominated producer, whose previous directorial credits include Buried Alive and Paranoid Activity 2. The film was expected to be one of the hot titles for domestic and international distribution at the upcoming TIFF market that starts September 4th. The deal was made by B-Squared Co-CEO's Mark Berry & Frank Blenman in association with Ian Martin at Industry Level Music & Film Group. It is a commitment for a wide release inclusive of broadcast internationally.

    Based on the Scarface and Manzie Jones script, three childhood friends - B, 3D, and Moose, played by Scarface, De'aundre Bonds, and Tyrin Turner respectively - grow up in the inner city of Los Angeles. B turns his ability to organize and recruit to the drug trade when the local drug dealer is shot and killed. B has all the skills needed to thrive and never one to shy away from violence, B turns his neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods into his own personal empire.

    As a grown up, B thrives, until a new player starts to muscle in. The new drug kingpin is named Victor, played by Ice T. Victor pushes his drugs into B's neighborhoods and upsets the status quo. B attempts to push Victor back out of his neighborhoods without resorting to violence, but his attempts fail. Now it's time for all-out war. As tit-for-tat violence escalates between the feuding gangs, it becomes apparent that only the man willing to abandon everything he cares about will remain standing.

    Mr. Mark Berry CEO BSquared said, "Manzie and Scarface have made a bold, epic, and emotionally generous saga, once again showing a master's hand in eliciting searingly beautiful performances from the actors with whom they collaborate."

    Mr. Frank Blenman, Co-CEO B Squared Entertainment states, "The Ghetto fits perfectly into B Squared's catalog of media which we are offering consumers. Working with Ice T & Scarface demonstrates our commitment to working with top tier talent and professionals. The Ghetto is just the first many exciting and captivating projects we will be delivering to the viewing audience."

    Mr. Manzie Jones, director commented, "Myself and the whole team are excited to be working with Industry Level Film Group and B Squared, we are ready to show our hard work and dedication to the masses!"

    Added Rob "Kelo" Hendricks, EVP, Business Affairs at AMG Global Entertainment, "I look forward to working at radio with Scarface and his top notch collaborators through on this exciting and outstanding musical soundtrack. Ian Martin at Industry Level Music & Film Group has created a great team and we at AMG are excited about the opportunities available to our clients."

    Assisting B-Squared in The Ghetto deal will be AMG Global Entertainment out of Toronto, Wayne Thompson, Executive Producer of Who The F*ck is Arthur Fogel, the award winning doc on Live Nation impresario Arthur Fogel and Paul D. Schindler, Esq at Greenburg Traurig in NYC, Business Affairs at B-Squared Entertainment.

    About Mark S. Berry & AMG:
    AMG is a leading Toronto based entertainment & media company with an unparalleled client list of artists and content creators across film, television, music and digital media. Led by an experienced and innovative management team, AMG was formed in 1998 by international record producer, engineer & mixer Mark S. Berry, Music Producer and operates under his leadership as Chairman. Berry, whose extensive production, engineering & re-mixing talents has earned him 36 international gold & platinum records for such notable Grammy & Juno nominated musical icons as, Davie Bowie, Duran Duran, Yes, Boy George, Billy Idol, Kool & The Gang, Cameo, Carly Simon, Joan Jett & many, many more. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in NYC, LA, Hong Kong, Seoul & Beijing.

    Through its partner companies, including award-winning global creative music supervision agency AttackTrax, AMG also provides clients with unique music advertising, music brand integration and marketing opportunities across traditional, social media, mobile, film, television and gaming platforms. Already the owner of an extensive music publishing catalogue in affiliation with BMG Music, AMG's mission is to target potential acquisitions in the music, film & television industries ranging from independent record labels, artists, writers, DVD, feature length films, extreme sports content to purchases in the music publishing sector. AMG's focus is music distribution through its deal with Universal Music Group Distribution, the insertions of music into international feature film & television, as well as the development of reality based and documentary television programming.

    About Frank Blenman:
    Frank R. Blenman, co-owner/CEO of B Squared Entertainment also owns FRBproductions and FRBstudio (TV and Film productions and photography companies, respectively). Frank is an accomplished photographer, internationally nominated filmmaker and author. He received his filmmaking and production skills from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Frank has worked with Dr. Maya Angelou, Michael Park (2 time Emmy award winner), Colleen Zenk (Emmy nominated), Holt McCallany, Treach, JD Williams, Sticky Fingerz, Jackie Robinson (Jackie Robinson's Daughter), and Lee Melvin (Black Astronaut), to name a few.

    About B Squared Entertainment:
    B squared Entertainment (BsqEnt) is a Toronto-based privately owned international television, film and web based media development and Distribution Company that is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in NYC, Los angeles, Hong Kong, Seoul & Beijing. The company provides three separate services that can be used individually or in any combination: development, distribution and financing. A majority of projects that are supported by BsqEnt are urban based with a global appeal. B Squared utilizes its close partnerships and relationships with many distribution companies around the world.

    About AttackTrax:
    AttackTrax is one of the world's leading providers of 100% pre-cleared production music in all media. AttackTrax is committed to quality and offers 10,000+ tracks of music in all genres from world renowned music publishing catalogs. Previous AttackTrax insertions have included Making of The Matrix Reloaded, Coach Carter, Urban Legend, Harvard Man, Dawsons Creek, Roswell, MTV, Viacom, VH1 and many more including major sports programs internationally. The website has been designed as a state-of-the-art, automated, online customer experience and decision engine that functions on all platforms and complements an already world-class AttackTrax brand.

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