SABAN Films Acquires Worldwide Rights to Yale Entertainment’s Crime Thriller "Clean Up Crew"

Saban Films announced today they have secured worldwide rights (except Spain and Italy) to Yale Entertainment's Clean Up Crew. Directed by Jon Keeyes (The Survivalist) and written by Matthew Rogers, the film recently wrapped production in Ireland.

Clean-Up Crew stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Velvet Goldmine), Academy Award®-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Academy Award®-nominee Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Ekaterina Baker ("The Protégé"), Andy Kellegher ("Game of Thrones"), and Laurence Kinlan ("Ned Kelly").

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Clean Up Crew follows a crime scene clean-up crew (Rhys Meyers, Leo) that discovers a briefcase full of cash, unknowingly sending them into battle with mobsters – led by a ruthless crime boss (Banderas) – hitmen, and corrupt government agents who will unleash hell to get it back. 

Clean Up Crew is produced by Yale's Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman and Michael J. Rothstein alongside Richard Bolger and Conor Barry from Hail Mary Pictures, and Richard Clabaugh, Stephen Braun and Kurt Ebner.

Executive producers include Scott Levenson, Jason Kringstein, Lee Broda, Richard Switzer, Aden Darmody, Tyler Konney, Grant S. Johnson, Jesse Korman, Jeffrey Tussi, David Nazar, Patrick Heaphy, Matt Helderman, Luke Taylor, Will Hirschfeld, Kade Thomas, Colby Cote, Grady Craig, Swen Temmel, Ryan V. Murphy, and Simon and Harriet Cooper. The deal was negotiated by Jonathan Saba from Saban Films and Nick Donnermeyer from Yale's recently launched sales banner Great Escape.

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Saban Films recently acquired: Jon Keeye's The Last Girl, starring Alice Eve, Shelley Hennig, and Antonio Banderas; Pierre Morel's The Ambush, the highest-grossing Arabic-language film ever in the UAE, and Saban's first non-English language film acquisition; Jason Momoa's The Last Manhunt; American Murderer starring Tom Pelphrey, Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel And Jacki Weaver; Ana Lily Amirpour's Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon starring Kate Hudson and Jun Jong-Seo; Brett Donowho's western The Old Way starring Nicolas Cage; Adam Sigal's reincarnation dark comedy Chariot with John Malkovich; and Butcher's Crossing starring Nicolas Cage which made its world premiere at last month's Toronto International Film Festival.

About Saban Films

Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group ("SCG"), is a film acquisition and distribution company that has continued to grow its presence in the industry, expanding into the production space. Founded in 2014, the company focuses on commercial, high-quality, talent driven films, boarding projects at all stages of production and through release across multiple platforms in North America, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy.  The venture also recently solidified its place as a major global distributor with partnership deals with numerous territories, including: Austria, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, Ireland, Benelux, and Switzerland. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, and Shanan Becker, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

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Saban Films' successes have run the gamut from theatrical triumphs such as the horror reboot Wrong Turn starring Charlotte Vega and Matthew Modine and Josh Duhamel's Buddy Games, to acclaimed films such as Brad Furman's City of Lies starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker and Ian Nelms and Eshom Nelms' Fatman with Mel Gibson.  Saban Films is a major force in the eventized theatrical space, being behind the biggest Fathom events with horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie's 3 From Hell and Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

About Yale Entertainment

Yale Entertainment is the parent company of Yale Productions, the independent company led by partners Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman.  Underpinned by over 30 years of collective experience in the film industry, the production arm specializes in high-quality, filmmaker-driven projects with responsible budgets in order to maximize the creative and commercial success. Since partnering in 2017, Yale has produced or executive produced over 25 films and has financed a range of budgets totaling more than $100MM.

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Yale recently launched an international film sales and distribution company, Great Escape, to represent their rapidly growing slate of in-house titles in addition to select third party content. Yale also partnered with director/actor Katie Holmes to launch the new production label Lafayette Pictures which is in post-production on two features which Holmes directed and starred in - Alone Together, with Jim Sturgess and Melissa Leo, and Rare Objects with Derek Luke and Alan Cumming.

The group was one of the first production companies to commence production following the outbreak of Covid in 2020, and has been safely and successfully producing films on a consistent basis since then. Recent successes include: Becky, starring Lulu Wilson and Kevin James, which was released in June 2020 and became the #1 grossing movie at the box office; Joe Penna's Stowaway starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette which was released by Netflix; and Separation with Rupert Friend, Brian Cox and Madeline Brewer for Open Road.

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