Bliss Media Partners with Orlando Bloom on Joint Production Company BlissBloom Productions

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Julien Seri to Direct First Project “S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire & Earth” starring Bloom, 
with Bliss Financing, Producing and Distributing in China

Bliss Media announced that they have partnered with Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings franchises) on the formation of a joint production company, BlissBloom Productions, under Bloom’s Viddywell Productions banner. 

The new venture’s first project, "S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire & Earth," will be directed by Julien Seri (Night Fare) with Bloom attached to star alongside Jing Tian (Great Wall, King Kong), Leo Wu (The Wonder), Cao Kefan (The Flowers of War) and rising talent Liu Enyou. 

The film is written by Kevin Bernhardt (Elephant White, The Immortals). 

Bliss Media will finance, produce and oversee the Chinese distribution for the action-adventure, with Jérôme Salle (Zulu, The Tourist) co-producing. 

CAA packaged and arranged financing, and represents the film’s domestic rights.

"S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire & Earth," which will film in Shanghai, follows Danny Stratton, a washed-up private security agent, who is given the rare opportunity to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai, but is ambushed en route. With the safety of the women he loves in jeopardy, Danny has to work with his team of security experts, the S.M.A.R.T., to save her, as a dreadful conspiracy begins to unravel.
“It is an honor to be involved in an international production of this scale and showcase the stunning scenery of Shanghai and the spirit of modern China,” Wei Han, Founder and CEO of Bliss Media, said. “We look forward to Orlando and Julien collaborating and bringing this potential franchise vehicle to fans around the world.”
French filmmaker Seri has produced and directed a number of acclaimed films including Yamakasiwritten by Luc Besson, The Great Challenge for Lionsgate Films, and Anchor Bay’s Scorpion starring Jérôme Le Banner.

Bloom is best-known for his work anchoring blockbuster franchises Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. His upcoming projects include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Michael Apted-directed Unlocked with Noomi Rapace and John Malkovich.

Bloom and Seri attended the annual Bliss Media press conference at the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 17, in support of the film.

Seri is represented by Sophie Lemaitre, and Bloom by CAA and Lighthouse Management & Media. CAA also represents Bliss and BlissBloom Productions.

Most recently at the Cannes Film Festival, Bliss Media announced the “Bliss-CODI Film & TV Investment Fund,” which is a $150 million fund co-managed by with CODI Capital Group that concentrates on international film and television equity investments. 

"S.M.A.R.T Chase: Fire & Earth" and Michael Mann’s "Enzo Ferrari" are the initial projects to be produced by its first round of funding. 

 The company also owns a stake in Insiders, alongside Wild Bunch and Cine France and launched the Yoozoo Bliss Film Fund (YZBFF), a $100 million equity fund designed to finance ten international productions and Chinese co-productions over five-years.

In addition to "S.M.A.R.T Chase: Fire & Earth," Bliss Media is co-financing and executive produced Pablo Larraín’s Jackie starring Natalie Portman and acquired the Chinese distribution rights to Mel Gibson’sHacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield.

About Bliss Media (熙颐影业)
With offices in Shanghai and Los Angeles, Bliss Media Ltd. is a production and distribution company tasked with creating opportunities for Chinese companies to directly participate in the investment, production and distribution of international films, connecting the Chinese film industry with the international market.

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