The Wonderfilm Media Corporation (OTC: WDRFF) (TSX-V: WNDR), is pleased to announce the acquisition of the bestselling book, “Merchant of Death,” written by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Braun and Douglas Farah. This acclaimed page-turner discloses the incredible real-life story of infamous international Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout. To develop this new high-profile series, Wonderfilm has partnered with Anthony Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise and Jason Hervey through the new company, Zentraoquist LLC, along with Craig Piligian from Pilgrim Studios, a Lionsgate company (LGF.A).
Emmy Award winning producer/executive and one of the four founding producers of Wonderfilm, Jeff Bowler, has packaged “Merchant of Death” and will be serving as Executive Producer, alongside his Wonderfilm partners, Bret Saxon, Kirk Shaw and Dan Grodnik. “Merchant of Death” also marks the return of Anthony Zuiker as he joins his first new series since he created and produced CSI, which ran on CBS from October 6, 2000 to September 27, 2015 and spanned 15 seasons with multiple franchise additions. Jason Hervey, a previous executive producer for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), alongside many other reality TV shows, is included in the impressive production team alongside Craig Piligian, who as Executive Producer, is best known for creating “The Ultimate Fighter,” “American Chopper” and “Dirty Jobs,” while winning an Emmy Award as co-Executive Producer of “Survivor.” The production team is rounded out by Joseph Giallombardo and Alexandre Coscas.
“Wonderfilm is thrilled to be working with television legends Jason Hervey, Craig Piligian and Anthony Zuiker on such iconic material,” said Jeff Bowler, Founding Producer of Wonderfilm. “Merchant of Death” has all the hallmarks of a long-standing and era defining TV series and adaptation that the industry is craving. Working with such a talented and successful production team is an honour and a great sign that we have found TV’s next epic series, as it has all of the hallmark traits of a major international success. We could not be more excited to bring this fascinating story to the masses in the form of a riveting and suspenseful TV series that quenches viewers thirst for original, emotionally charged content.”
Published by John Wiley & Sons, “Merchant of Death” is a gripping, suspenseful and thrilling real-life account of the investigations into one of the world’s most notorious arms dealers, Viktor Bout. Some of Victor Bout’s exploits were immortalized in the hit 2005 film, “Lord of War” starring Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke and Jared Leto. The producers are currently meeting with showrunners, networks and will provide Wonderfilm shareholders with updates as they occur.
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