Gerald T Olson, Former Director of Production for HBO and Vice President of Productions for New Line Cinema is announced as President for Golden Leaf Pictures.

Los Angeles (June 3rd 2011) – Managing Director Dan Nelson of San Jose, California based production company Golden Leaf Pictures (, best known for developing and producing independent film projects, announces Gerald T. Olson as President.

Olson has over 30 feature films including “House Party”, “Dumb and Dumber”, the award winning movie “The Hidden” and an equal number of television productions to his credit. He was the Director of Production at HBO and VP of Production at New Line Cinema where he supervised the studios entire production slate and served as a Producer
“I’m looking forward to working with Dan Nelson and the Golden Leaf Pictures team to create exceptional product and a unique niche in the entertainment marketplace.” – said Olson.

Olson, who is currently an Executive Producer on feature film “I’m in Love with a Church Girl” starring Michael Madsen, Stephen Baldwin and Ja Rule, is set to fully begin his duties as President of Golden Leaf Pictures later this month.

Golden Leaf Pictures (GLP) slate of features films include mixed martial arts movie “Submission” starring Ving Rhames and Ernie Reyes Jr, concert film “40th Anniversary Woodstock Reunion Concert – Celebrating Peace & Music Live at Bethel Woods, NY” and “Free Enterprise II – The Wrath of Shatner” starring William Shatner. The distribution of GLP projects will go through its sister company Global Cinema Distribution (GCD), ( who successfully distributed “La Mission” starring Benjamin Bratt last year and recently acquired the North American theatrical rights to the thirstily anticipated Ford brothers zombie horror movie “The Dead” set to be in cinemas September 2011.

Golden Leaf Pictures and Global Cinema Distribution headquarters are in San Jose, CA.
For further information contact: Liz Rodriguez – – Phone: USA 310 435 3634


Global Cinema Distribution (GCD) announces North American theatrical distribution of the thirstily anticipated zombie film “The Dead” at EFM in Berlin.

~GCD pick up UK filmmakers Ford Brothers’ “THE DEAD” set in Africa ~

Los Angeles (February 12th 2011) – California based acquisition and distribution company Global Cinema Distribution (, best known for representing independent film projects in the USA and foreign markets, eagerly announce the newly acquired North American theatrical rights to “THE DEAD” distributing throughout cinemas beginning summer of 2011.

Shot on never before committed to celluloid locations across Burkina Faso and Ghana, West Africa, “THE DEAD” is unlike anything horror audiences have experienced before. Centered around an American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, who has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling against the living dead. Along his journey the mercenary finds an ally in a local military man who is desperately searching for his son amongst the chaos. They must band together to make their way through this brand new horrific world of the dead. The film stars Rob Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan”), and African up and coming star Prince David Osei, making his US Theatrical debut.

Dan Nelson of Global Cinema Distribution enthused; “We are excited to announce the acquisition of this incredibly unique movie “THE DEAD”, shot on 35mm across Africa, it’s made for the big screen and GCD is delighted to be the ones to make that happen in cinemas across America.”

All other rights for North America, have been purchased by Kevin Kasha and James Shapiro for Anchor Bay Starz, who will release the film on DVD late 2011 or early 2012.  Anchor Bay Starz UK Managing Director Rod Smith has snapped up all UK rights to THE DEAD, and will be releasing the film in Cinemas in England by Halloween 2011. MIG Film Group Has acquired all German Rights and Hopscotch all Rights for Australia. TriCoast Worldwide negotiated all sales for the producers of THE DEAD, Amir Moallemi and Howard J. Ford.

Global Cinema Distribution successfully distributed “LA MISSION” starring Benjamin Bratt last year, is also set to distribute and executive produce, through its sister company Golden Leaf Pictures (GLP), a catalogue of movies in 2011 including concert film “THE ROAD BACK TO WOODSTOCK,” which is currently in post-production featuring all original bands that played Woodstock at the original site.  Other movies slated for this year are “SLEEPAWAY CAMP REUNION – 3D” which is set to be filmed at the luxury lake resort of Hobergs Club Resort, Northern California.

Zombie and horror fans are touting UK directors of THE DEAD Howard and Jonathan Ford as the new Ridley & Tony Scott, as they also hail from a successful commercials background. The making of THE DEAD has turned out to be an amazing saga on it’s own, the production team encountered real death on a daily basis and were also held up at gun point several times, kidnapped, arrested, and the lead actor almost died after contracting Malaria in the middle of filming!

Director Howard J. Ford will be at Berlinale Sunday February 13th at 2 PM in the Marriot first floor lounge to take questions on the movie THE DEAD and the incredible journey in bringing the story and the zombies from Africa to the big screen.