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LAST SHOT WITH JUDGE GUNN

2012 EMMY WINNER FOR OUTSTANDING LEGAL/COURTROOM PROGRAM

Battaglia won an Emmy in 2012 as Executive Producer of this award winning television show that began airing nationwide on September 26th, 2011. This is a hugely redemptive program that shows people and their families struggling with drug addictions and how drug courts and drug treatment programs help. Unlike the average "judge show", which pits ex-lovers against each other to create a free for all of cussing and bantering back and forth, this show educates the viewers about the drug dependency in our country and provides hope to those who are either struggling with addiction or know someone who is.

This judge gives recent drug offenders an alternative to prison...and one LAST SHOT at redemption. The show aired 130 episodes nationwide in syndication in 2011 and the first half of 2012, and has been picked up for it's second season of 130 episodes.

BROTHERS

Co-producer of two time Golden Globe nominated film “Brothers”, starring Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan from a screenplay by David Benioff (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Kite Runner, Troy).  Film was nominated for 2 Golden Globes, distributed by Lionsgate and grossed over $65 million worldwide. 

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When a decorated Marine goes missing overseas, his black-sheep younger brother cares for his wife and children at home—with consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family. The film tells the powerful story of two siblings, Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal), who are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace (Natalie Portman), with whom he has two young daughters (Bailee Madison, Taylor Grace Geare). Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who’s always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur on his first night out of prison, at Sam’s farewell dinner with their parents, Elsie (Mare Winningham) and Hank Cahill (Sam Shepard), a retired Marine.

THE MARLBORO MARINE

The story --  Sixty five years after World War II -- two photographs are sketched into everyone's memory.   The raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima and the Navy sailor kissing the nurse in the middle of Times Square, signifying the end of the war.

Twenty years from now, there will be two photographs the world remembers from Iraq.  The  bulldozer knocking down the statue of Suddam Hussein with an American flag hanging from it  and the photograph of “The Marlboro Marine”.

The young marine lighted a cigarette and let it dangle. White smoke wafted around his helmet. His face was smeared with war paint. Blood trickled from his right ear and the bridge of his nose.

His expression caught the eye of Los Angeles Times writer Luis Sinco.  His camera snapped a few shots. With the click of a shutter, Marine Lance Cpl. James Blake Miller, a country boy from Kentucky, became an emblem of the war in Iraq. The resulting image would change several lives forever.

The photo of Miller was the last of 11 that Sinco sent that day.  It ended up on the front page of more than 150 newspapers.

Dan Rather gushed over it on the evening news.  Women wanted to marry him.  People shipped care packages, making sure Miller had more than enough smokes. President Bush sent cigars, candy and memorabilia from the White House.  Sinco didn't even know his name. Shell-shocked and exhausted, he had simply identified Miller as "A Marine" and clicked "send."

Maj. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, head of the 1st Marine Division, made a special trip to see the Marlboro Marine.  "We can have you home tomorrow," he said.  Miller hesitated, then shook his head. He did not want to leave his buddies behind. "It just wasn't right," he said.

For his loyalty, Miller was rewarded with horror. The assault on Fallouja raged on, leaving nearly 100 Americans dead and 450 wounded.  The bodies of some 1,200 insurgents littered the streets in a matter of days.

In January 2006, Miller was back home in Jonancy, Kentucky, diagnosed with PTSD.  Before he was allowed to leave Iraq, he attended a mandatory "warrior transitioning" session about PTSD and adjusting to home life.  Each Marine received a questionnaire. Were they having trouble sleeping? Did they have thoughts of suicide? Did they feel guilt about their actions?

Everybody knew the drill. Answer yes and be evaluated further. Say no and go home.  Miller said he didn't want to miss his flight. He answered "no" to every question.

He returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C. and married his high school sweetheart in a civil ceremony.  Then came the nightmares and hallucinations. He imagined shadowy figures outside the windows. Faces of the dead haunted his sleep.  Once, while cleaning a shotgun, he blacked out. He regained consciousness when his wife screamed out his name. Snapping back to reality, he realized he was pointing the gun at her.

Miller had hoped to pursue a career in law enforcement. But the PTSD and abrupt discharge killed that dream. No one would trust him with a weapon.  He started to realize he wasn't the only one traumatized by war.

Sinco didn't want to get involved, but felt if he hadn't taken Miller's picture, this very personal drama wouldn't be front-page news. He felt responsible and 4 years later, still feels responsible.

And so begins the story of two men, from different backgrounds and cultures, brought together by the face of war, bonded as brothers by blood -- their lives -- never to be the same again.  Together, they help each other to overcome adversities and obstacles caused from war.

BAD MONKEYS 

Matt Ruff’s New York Times best selling novel, which has won numerous literary awards and which the New York Times Book Review called “a science fiction Catcher in the Rye.” The story crosses elements of The Matrix and Fight Club as the female protagonist struggles with her alter ego and, while arrested for murder, claims to be a member of a secret society devoted to fighting evil. 

Currently in development at Fox Studios with Battaglia as Executive Producer. 

LITERARY AWARDS/NOMINATIONS/HONORS for Bad Monkeys

• 2008 Washington State Book Award winner

• 2008 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award winner

• 2008 Alex Award winner (award for the best adult novels that appeal to teens)

• 2008 John W. Campbell Award finalist

• 2007 BookSense pick

• 2007 San Francisco Chronicle “Best of year” pick for SF/Fantasy

• 2007 Locus Magazine recommended reading list

• 2007 SF Site Editor’s Choice List Editor’s Choice List

DO AS YOU LIKEY 

Battaglia is Executive Producer of a documentary entitled "Do As You Likey", which as of January 2011 is in post production.

This is very much a socially conscious project involving the Gypsy's that exist in England today.  They are the exact characters that Brad Pitt portrayed in the film “Snatch”.

Gipsy’s are kind and gentle human beings that are ridiculed and abused daily by the police and citizens of England.  They have no voice and it’s truly a travesty to know that this kind of persecution exists in today’s world.  It’s equivalent to what the African-American’s endured in America back in the 60’s.  There are thousands of restaurants in England today that have signs posted on their doors “No Travelers allowed”.  Their children are placed in separate class rooms and are mentally, emotionally and physically abused by their peers.  There are even separate water fountains for the Gipsy’s.

Our director (Nicola Collins) and producer (Teena Collins) both served as actors in that film but they are now very respected documentary filmmakers.  Their first documentary “The End” was accepted into 20 film festivals – winning five of them.

OR I'LL DRESS YOU IN MOURNING

Based on the best selling novel by acclaimed novelists Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre ("Paris is Burning"). Screenwriters are Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal ("Tron - Legacy", "Boudiccia", "The Lotus Caves"). Script is completed and currently out to directors. 

The story of the fabled Spanish bullfighter Manuel Benitez "El Cordobes". Known as one of the greatest, if not the greatest bullfighter in the history of this ancient sport. Born in strict poverty, this youngster defied all the odds in becoming perhaps the most famous modern day "toreador"! His incredible rise to fame is truly something miraculous.

May 20, 1964. On the rain-soaked, treacherous sands of Las Ventas - the great bullring of Madrid - the most idolized, most controversial, most highly paid matador in Spain's history faced the moment of truth with a peculiarly dangerous, half-blind, infuriated bull named Impulsivo. For Manuel Benitez, "El Cordobes", this corrida confirmed his elevation to the rank of matador de toros for an unheard of fee of one million pesetas, and was the culmination of half a lifetime of bitter struggle. For 23,000 frenzied fans caught up in the drama unfolding before them in the arena, and for a television audience of nearly two-thirds of the population of Spain.

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