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APPLE TV+ Acquires “SONS 2 THE GRAVE” Feature Film

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Toronto, On – “Sons 2 The Grave” the feature film by Canadian production company, Have Faith Productions, in association with FilmRise and Incendo, is now out in North America on Apple TV+.  The film, also out in US/Canada on Amazon Prime, Roku and Tubi U has garnered impressive ratings.  The acquisition by Apple TV+ allows viewers easy access to the popular film.  HFP co-founder & executive producer, Sasha Stoltz made the announcement, saying “It has been a long road and we are blessed and humbled with the success of ‘Sons.  

 

“Sons 2 The Grave” tells the story of basketball phenom, Marcus Jennings.  With one foot in Hudson and one in the NBA, Marcus is taken out.   After midnight on a footbridge that separates the million-dollar homes of the rich, famous and the politically connected from subsidized housing, Marcus Jennings is shot twice in the head.   A message sent to the community.   A code of silence remains in place, fostering a common element that binds this community, fear and the currency of payback will always be bloodshed.  We are our brother’s keeper is just a slogan in Hudson.   

Ruth Jennings moved to Hudson for her son, his school regularly visited by scouts.  A strong, hardworking single mother, she thought she could protect her child against all odds & choices, but Marcus found it hard to fight off his new surroundings and mislaid loyalties.   Marcus thought he was in control.  A boy living in a mans body, living up to his and others exaggerated egos.  He attracted the attention of scouts, agents, and Division 1 NCAA schools in the US, a pitstop before the NBA.  Marcus also attracted the attention of RD.  RD controlled Hudson & worked for those who controlled him.  In the end it was what they all had in common that ended Marcus’s life…fear.  Fear of staying, fear of leaving and fear of appearing weak.  Murder is a sin.  There is no justification… but there is understanding. 

Were born sons and we die sons. Somewhere in between is the story.”  Ruth Jennings believes God sees all.  There is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.   But for now, there is Hudson.  “Sons 2 The Grave” tells that story. 

 

Have Faith Productions is currently preparing for a television series, “Hudson” inspired by the film, with music from Hip hop/ R&B & Soul royalty.   The episodes will echo a line from the movie, “This Ain’t No Fairy Tale… This Is Hudson.”  The episodes will take you into the heart of the city from upscale streets to back alleys, social status not always pre-determining who turns up where.  HUDSON captures the politics and the temperament of the city in raw and truthful episodes.  As producers and writers, we need to tell the stories that hold us accountable to the reality of the truth, not just what feels comfortable.  The police drama takes you inside the 34th precinct, its heartbeat sometimes on life support.  The officers and detectives, like the rest of us, are flawed. Most conceal their personal fears and demons, visiting them on their own terms, not letting them take over.  But there is a point when some officers break, or yes, come broken to the job.  Their safety net, stretched as it is, an eager young pastor assigned to the precinct, whos faith is fully intact, a seasoned but weary shrink whose faith has long been scarred & a Captain who makes the hard decisions whatever side of the blue line they fall on.  

 

“HUDSON” deals with relationships that run as high up the ladder as City Hall.  Mayor Ron Langston came from the wrong side of the bridge to take office, a move some say is merely geography.  His loyalty to popular club owner/ entrepreneur and childhood friend, Quincy “Q” Harris, a man comfortable on both sides of the bridge, is a source of constant concern for his supporters. HFP looks forward to the next leg of the journey.   

 

  

 I am excited and honored that Apple TV+ has acquired “Sons 2 The Grave.”   Bringing light to a project is not an easy journey.  We had an amazing cast & crew, and I am forever grateful.  I lean on my Faith as always and look forward to our future projects.”       

                                                             Lynne Stoltz 

                                                              Author, screenwriter, producer 

                                                              Co-founder, Have Faith Productions 

   

 

Watch “SONS 2 THE GRAVE” on Amazon Prime, Roku, Tubi and now on Apple TV+ 

                                  

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TWITTER: @HaveFaithProd 

 

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Aecon reports $123.9 million loss in second quarter, revenue down

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TORONTO – Aecon Group Inc. says it lost $123.9 million in the second quarter, down from a profit of $28.2 million a year earlier.

The Toronto-based company says revenue totalled $853.8 million, down from $1.2 billion during the same quarter last year.

Diluted loss per share was $1.99, down from a gain of 38 cents last year.

Aecon says much of the decline in revenue can be attributed to its construction segment, which was $288 million lower than a year earlier.

Aecon says it recorded a charge of $127 million in the second quarter related to its settlement with TC Energy Corp. over delays and cost increases that took place during the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, for which Aecon was one of the prime contractors.

The company says it also recorded an aggregate charge of $110 million related to three other joint venture legacy projects which also encountered delays and mounting costs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2024.

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NBA says it has signed new 11-year media rights deal with Disney, NBC and Amazon

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The NBA signed its 11-year media rights deal with Disney, NBC and Amazon Prime Video on Wednesday after saying it was not accepting Warner Bros. Discovery’s US$1.8 billion per year offer to continue its longtime relationship with the league.

The media rights deals were approved by the league’s Board of Governors last week and will bring the league about $76 billion over those 11 years.

WBD had five days to match a part of those deals and said it was exercising its right to do so, but its offer was not considered a true match by the NBA. That means the 2024-25 season will be the last for TNT after a nearly four-decade run.

“Warner Bros. Discovery’s most recent proposal did not match the terms of Amazon Prime Video’s offer and, therefore, we have entered into a long-term arrangement with Amazon,” the league said Wednesday. ““Throughout these negotiations, our primary objective has been to maximize the reach and accessibility of our games for our fans. Our new arrangement with Amazon supports this goal by complementing the broadcast, cable and streaming packages that are already part of our new Disney and NBCUniversal arrangements. All three partners have also committed substantial resources to promote the league and enhance the fan experience.”

Amazon Prime Video will carry games on Friday nights, select Saturday afternoons and Thursday night doubleheaders which will begin after the conclusion of Prime Video’s “Thursday Night Football” schedule. Prime Video will also take over the NBA League Pass package from WBD.

“The digital opportunities with Amazon align perfectly with the global interest in the NBA,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “And Prime Video’s massive subscriber base will dramatically expand our ability to reach our fans in new and innovative ways.”

The package also includes at least one game on Black Friday and the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game of the NBA Cup.

“Over the past few years, we have worked hard to bring the very best of sports to Prime Video and to continue to innovate on the viewing experience,” said Jay Marine, global head of sports for Prime Video. “We’re thrilled to now add the NBA to our growing sports lineup, including the NFL, UEFA Champions League, NASCAR, NHL, WNBA, NWSL, Wimbledon, and more. We are grateful to partner with the NBA, and can’t wait to tip-off in 2025.”

ESPN and ABC will keep the league’s top package, which includes the NBA Finals. ABC has carried the finals since 2003.

ESPN/ABC will combine for nearly 100 games during the regular season. More than 20 games will air on ABC, mainly on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, while ESPN will have up to 60 games, mostly on Wednesday nights with some Friday games. ABC and ESPN will also combine for five games on Christmas Day and have exclusive national coverage of the final day of the regular season.

During the playoffs, ESPN and ABC will have approximately 18 games in the first two rounds each year and one of the two conference finals series in all but one year of the agreement.

The return of NBC, which carried NBA games from 1990 through 2002, gives the NBA two broadcast network partners for the first time.

NBC will have up to 100 regular-season games, including on Sunday night once the NFL season has ended. It will air games on Tuesdays throughout the regular season, while a Monday night doubleheader would be exclusively streamed on Peacock.

NBC will also have the All-Star Game and All-Star Saturday Night. During the playoffs, NBC and/or Peacock will have up to 28 games the first two rounds, with at least half on NBC.

Amazon’s content will stream in Canada exclusively, while Peacock games will include domestic partners north of the border.

NBC and Amazon will carry one of the two conference finals series in six of the 11 years on a rotating basis. NBC will have a conference final in 2026-27 followed by Amazon the next season.

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N.S. murderer’s cryptocurrency stash rules out free legal aid for appeal

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HALIFAX – A judge has ruled that a stash of cryptocurrency belonging to a convicted Nova Scotia murderer means he won’t be receiving free legal aid for an appeal.

Justice Cindy Bourgeois said in a decision released Wednesday that William Sandeson — a former medical student who killed another student during a 2015 drug deal — had about $640,000 in bitcoin and cash when he was jailed.

Last year, Sandeson appealed his conviction of second-degree murder in the death of Taylor Samson but was refused funding for a lawyer by the province’s legal aid agency.

In her decision denying his appeal of that refusal, the Court of Appeal judge accepted that Sandeson has expenses to pay — including a lawsuit claim from the victim’s family — but concluded “a significant balance” would remain available to him.

Bourgeois wrote that Sandeson didn’t prove his debts would stop him from obtaining counsel, or that he has exhausted all other sources of financial assistance.

Her decision noted that Sandeson had bitcoin worth “at least $443,624,” and another $198,000 in cash at the time he was jailed.

The court found that some of those funds would go toward “any ordered payment” to Samson’s family as a result of a civil lawsuit they’ve launched against Sandeson, as well as to his lawyers in that case.

However, the judge noted that Sandeson has testified “he will be left with assets of between $200,000 and $300,000 for his own use.”

Sandeson had argued before the court that he faced other debts, including capital gains tax that will become payable upon liquidation of the cryptocurrency; legal fees still owing for his first trial; a student line of credit and student loans; and $177,000 owed to his mother for earlier legal expenses.

The judge found there wasn’t documented evidence of what the tax bill would be, and Sandeson lacked documentation to prove his student debt.

She also wrote there was a lack of clarity on how much Sandeson owed his mother, saying evidence showing the mother’s line of credit wasn’t sufficient.

“Although I accept the appellant has some outstanding debts, there is nothing before me that establishes he is obligated to immediately pay out the entirety of the outstanding balances,” wrote Bourgeois.

The judge also said Sandeson provided no estimate from legal counsel of the cost of advancing his appeal.

Because of time served while awaiting trial, Sandeson’s 15-year sentence for killing Samson and then disposing of his body would make him eligible for parole in 2030.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Jamie Chipman ruled last year that Sandeson should spend at least 15 years in prison for firing a single bullet into the head of the 22-year-old physics student. Both men attended Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Chipman said in his decision that Sandeson “made a reprehensible and incomprehensible choice,” and as a result, instead of entering medical school, Sandeson went to jail in the summer of 2015.

Last year’s trial was the second time Sandeson was tried for the crime. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 2017, but the verdict was overturned on appeal and a new trial was ordered in 2020.

The Crown argued during the trial that Sandeson was motivated by greed to kill Samson and steal the nine kilograms of marijuana he had brought to Sandeson’s downtown apartment to sell.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2024.

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