British Producer Julia Verdin has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent Producers having produced 29 feature films to date. Julia produced the critically acclaimed 2004 Newmarket release STANDER, a British/Canadian/South African co-production starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara, directed by Bronwen Hughes (‘Forces of Nature’). Julia was Executive Producer on MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes which was released to great critical acclaim by Sony Classics in December 2004, and Co-Producer on RIDING THE BULLET based on a Steven King story directed By Mick Garris starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen and Barbara Hershey, released theatrically autumn 2004. Her most recent project THE LEAST AMONG YOU starring Lou Gossett Jnr, Lauren Holly and William Devane recently premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and has just been released by Lionsgate. With TWO JACKS in post production, Julia is also in pre-production on CATWALK to be directed by Tony Hickox.
Julia started her producing career as head of production for the U.K. Company WASA Films. During her four years at WASA, Julia worked on THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, based on Frederick Forsythe bestseller, starring Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan and Joanna Cassidy. Julia then went on to produce SPYTRAP, a comedy directed by Arthur Sherman and released in the U.S. by Hemdale. Following this, she produced THE OPEN WINDOW, directed by Rupert Wainwright for Chanticleer, which premiered on Showtime.
While at WASA, Julia also developed A WITCH IN NEW YORK and JUNK JOHNSON, which were picked up by Orion and Pathe/MGM. Julia’s other films include I WITNESS directed by Rowdy Harrington, starring Jeff Daniels and James Spader, GREEN MAIL starring Steven Baldwin and Tom Skerritt, THE SHIPMENT starring Mathew Modine and Nick Turturro, Elisabeth Berkley, THE CONTAMINATED MAN starring William Hurt, Peter Weller and Natascha McElhone and STYX starring Peter Weller, Angus MacFayden and Brian Brown, directed by Alex Wright. Julia was also an associate producer on IN PURSUIT directed by Peter Pistor starring Daniel Baldwin, Claudia Shiffer and Dean Stockwell. Julia also co-produced BALLAD OF THE NIGHTINGALE with Virginia Madsen, Maria Cuccinota (IL POSTINO) Seymour Cassell, Michael Madsen and Harry Dean Stanton and LONE HERO, directed by Ken Sanzel starring Lou Diamond Philips, Sean Patrick Flanery and Robert Forester, BLACK POINT, directed by David MacKay starring David Caruso, Thomas Ian Griffith and Susan Haskell, SLIPSTREAM starring Sean Astin and Vinnie Jones, INFINITE DARKNESS starring Casper Van Dien and Erika Eleniak, PAST PERFECT, starring Eric Roberts for Nu Image and THE SET UP, a bank heist thriller based on a James Hadley Chase best-selling novel, which stars Billy Zane, James Coburn, Mia Sara and James Russo for MGM/Showtime. In 1993 Julia produced TEMPTATION, an action-packed revenge thriller for Dino De Laurentiis Communications starring Jeff Fahey, David Keith and Alison Doody. Directed by Strathford Hamilton and filmed on location in Miami, it premiered at the Florida Film Festival. MATTERS OF TRUST and DETOUR were both picked up by October Films, and BREED APART premiered on HBO under the title PERFECT ASSASINS.
Julia has owned and run her own film production company Rough Diamond Productions in Los Angeles for the last 17 years. She also owns Rough Diamond Management, representing many talented actors. Julia likes to work on films that have both commercial appeal and a good social message. She has also served for three years on the board of Seven Arts Pictures PLC, a film production and foreign sales company. She is currently on the board of directors for BAFTA-LA, and is passionate about the film business and over the years has spoken on many panels, consulting for other indie producers and production companies and helping up and coming talent get their foot in the door. She currently divides her time between the London and Los Angeles.