Aventine Developing Behind-the-scenes Ali Project

Aventine Hill Films has joined forces with first-time author Damon Christopher Smith to co-aiuthor and develop "The Showman", Damon's unique inside look at the life of Muhammad Ali.
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NEW YORK - July 18, 2016 - PRLog -- Aventine Hill Films reached a deal with Damon Christopher Smith to develop his true story "The Showman" for book, TV and film. The tale chronicles Damon's time spent as entertainment director in Ali's secluded Pennsylvania training camp and tells of his journey to befriend the childhood hero who would go on to become a trusted mentor. "Damon and Ali led this amazing parallel life in a sense. It was like they were destined to meet," said Aventine principal Rob Travalino. "When they finally came together just before the famous George Foreman fight that won Ali back the title, Damon's fight to be the Champ's friend had just begun. It took years to run the gauntlet of the Champ's often unscrupulous inner circle just for a shot at that particular title."

The coming book is agented by NY lit agent Linda Langton and expects to be out to publishers in the fall. Langton said of the project, "We are so excited to be working with author and producer extraordinaire, Rob Travalino and author Damon Smith on "The Showman" We are truly excited about our collaboration and see a long, happy and fruitful partnership going forward."

The new project is a spinoff of Aventine and Smith's other work "G Force" which tells of Damon's amazing story fighting to clean up 125th Street during the 1980's recession. Muhammad Ali's friendship and support for Damon were a big part of that as well.

About Aventine Hill Films

Founded in 2009, Aventine Hill Films is a unique and proven development and consulting company that specializes in transmedia narrative creation, producing and marketing and has created and developed tv shows for Disney and Discovery and done property engineering for companies like Hasbro, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers.


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