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Matt Battaglia Productions’ goal is to find and champion those special and compelling, character-driven stories that are commercially viable and will resonate with audiences worldwide.   

In 2011, Battaglia Executive Produced the television show "Last Shot with Judge Gunn", which he sold straight into syndication with 130 episodes in season one. He was nominated and won the Emmy in June 2012 as Executive Producer for it's first season on the air. The show also won an Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Drama. It was both his and the show's first nomination and first win.   

Battaglia was a Co-producer on the $27 million film "Brothers", starring Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal, directed by six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (In America, In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot) from a screenplay by David Benioff (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine", “The Kite Runner", “Troy").  The film pre-sold $27 million prior to filming and grossed an additional $28 million in the US.  The film was nominated for 2 Golden Globes and continues to generate profits through ancillary markets.  Battaglia served as Co-Executive Producer on the $7 million film “Kill Theory", directed by Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie), and this film was distributed by After Dark Films.   

In February, 2010, Fox Television Studios closed a television deal with Battaglia to develop and Executive Produce a television series based on the bestselling novel “Bad Monkeys" by Matt Ruff that Battaglia optioned with his own coin.  Project has been placed on the fast track by Fox.  The New York Times calls this novel “a science fiction Catcher in the Rye".   

Battaglia has optioned 3 best selling books and is currently in development or in negotiations to produce 5 films and 3 television shows.   

As an actor, Battaglia has acted in over 90 films and television shows.  In March 2010, Battaglia filmed a role in the Paramount Studios/Marvel tentpole film “Thor", starring Chris Hemsworth (the star of "Avatar"), Natalie Portman, Samuel Jackson, Renee Russo & Anthony Hopkins for director Kenneth Branaugh.   

Matt is often remembered for his memorable role as the fireman Vince, a boyfriend of Lisa Kudrow’s character on NBC’s hit sitcom “Friends". Other recent notable guest stars include two episodes on “24" with Keiffer Sutherland, two episodes of HBO’s “Big Love", “Shark", “CSI-NY", “Bones" and “CSI-Miami" just to name a few. 

Matt  Battaglia co-founded “The Mint Jubilee" charity event in memory of his mother Nancy Van Cleve Battaglia whom he lost to cancer in 1993.  It has successfully raised millions of dollars for cancer patients and has provided financial resources to scientists, cancer centers and hospitals committed to finding cures and controls for cancer. The annual black tie gala takes place in Louisville, Kentucky the night before the Kentucky Derby. It has become a world class event attracting high profiled celebrities, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and was televised worldwide in over 130 countries and over 200 million homes. As a producer, Battaglia was successful in having portions of The Mint Jubilee covered on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, E! News Daily, E! Entertainment's “FYE" and “Wild On Dixie", ESPN, NBC, ABC and FOX. It has in itself become part of the Kentucky Derby tradition. 

Matt currently serves on the board of advisors for the G.I. Film Festival, which honors the successes and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform through the medium of film. Going into it’s second year, it has already earned international press coverage from NBC, CBS, FOX, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Variety. 

Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Matt grew up in the towns of Tucker and Lithonia, Georgia, two suburbs of Atlanta but his family currently resides in Roswell, Georgia. A football scholarship led him to the University of Louisville, where he became an All-American and All-South middle linebacker, leading the nation in tackles his senior year, and breaking former All-Pro Otis Wilson’s college tackling record. He was team captain his junior and senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates and coaches. Matt went on to play in the N.F.L. with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.  Two years later, his career ended abruptly after a broken bone was discovered in his neck. He returned to school, graduating from the University of Louisville with a degree in Business.  

Battaglia was named to the All-time University of Louisville team, with such football greats as Johnny Unitas, Mark Clayton, Tom Jackson, Deion Branch, Joe Jacoby, Dwayne Woodruff and Frank Minnifield, some of whom are in today’s Hall of Fame.   

A long way from the beautiful pine trees and rolling hills of Atlanta, Matt lives with

his wife Tina, his son Blaize and his daughter Paxton, in a Hollywood Hills home that he designed and built in 2007.

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