March 26, 2014





HOLLYWOOD, CA – WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014  – Mance Media has acquired all available domestic and international rights to TROPHY KIDS, the sports docu-film directed by Chris Bell (Bigger Stronger Faster) and executive produced by Peter Berg.  A shortened version of the documentary first aired in the premiere episode of HBO’s much-acclaimed series STATE OF PLAY and the full version premiered on HBO GO.


Variety’s Brian Lowry says TROPHY KIDS “should become required viewing for youth-sports leagues nationwide.”


Mance Media will be releasing TROPHY KIDS on DVD, Blu Ray and VOD June 4th, 2015. Mance Media will be presenting the title to foreign buyers for the first time at the upcoming MIPTV conference in Cannes, France April 7-10. Mance Media has already licensed it to TV2 in Norway ahead of the market.


Logline: TROPHY KIDS is an innovative documentary film that digs into complex and multilayered themes in sports, and explores their relationship to larger society.


Tagline: Are we pushing our kids too far?


TROPHY KIDS finds parents living vicariously through their offspring in various sports such as golf, tennis, high-school football and basketball.


The deal was negotiated between Mance Media’s CEO Matthew Mancinelli, and attorney Elizabeth A. Bell on behalf of TROPHY KIDS producers Leland Anderson, Anthony Melillo, and Chris Bell.



“We see a large worldwide home video/VOD audience for Trophy Kids, not to mention major international commercial broadcasters already lining up to review it,” says Mance Media’s CEO Matthew Mancinelli. “I look forward to working with the talented filmmakers [Chris, Peter, Anthony and Leland] on its global release.”


"Trophy Kids spotlights a problem that is not simply American, but global. It's helped so many parents see the light. It's amazing to team with a monster like Mance Media to help express our vision to the world." - Chris Bell, Director of Trophy Kids.


TROPHY KIDS Executive Producer Peter Berg’s latest film was the box office hit LONE SURVIVOR starring Mark Wahlberg.



TRT: 105 minutes

A Bad Larry / Film 44 Production, in association with Wings of Strength

Directed by: Chris Bell (Bigger Stronger Faster)

Produced by: Leland Anderson, Anthony Melillo, Chris Bell

Executive Producers: Peter Berg, Jake Wood and Krystal Wood

Edited By: T.J. Mahar


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About Mance Media

Based at the historic Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, Mance Media is a worldwide film/television distribution company.  Its core business is the worldwide distribution of television programming to broadcasters in every territory of the world. Formed by international television executive Matthew Mancinelli in early 2012, Mance Media acquires, licenses, co-produces and co-finances a wide-range of programming for the global marketplace.


About Bad Larry

Bad Larry is an entertainment company based out of Santa Monica, CA.  It has recently produced the critically acclaimed HBO documentary Trophy Kids, in association with Film 44.  In addition, the partners, Leland Anderson and Anthony Melillo, were producers on the premiere episode of Peter Berg’s much-anticipated documentary series State of Play.  Bad Larry’s full-scale production services are prepared to support shoots of all sizes and across the globe.  Their production team stays ahead of the curve by offering only the latest in digital technologies and continues to surpass their client’s expectations in creative and resourceful ways.