[Marxism] Drugs, Diamonds, International Intrigue — You Won't Believe Two Hollywood Producers' Crazy Backstory | Features | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 15 21:35:36 MST 2014


Drugs, Diamonds, International Intrigue — You Won't Believe Two 
Hollywood Producers' Crazy Backstory

by Gene Maddaus Thursday, Jan 2 2014

Remington Chase and Stefan Martirosian should be on top of the world. In 
the last two years, they have produced a dozen films, including Lone 
Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg as a Navy SEAL fighting for his life in 
Afghanistan. Two years ago, no one in the industry had heard of them, 
but now they mingle with A-list stars. By their own estimate they have 
become the biggest independent financiers in the business, plowing $100 
million in cash into production, plus another $200 million in bank loans.

In the week before Christmas, just before the premiere of Lone Survivor, 
they're having coffee at Urth Caffé in Santa Monica — and sitting down 
for their first in-depth interview.

But Chase and Martirosian aren't here to talk about the bravery of the 
Navy SEALs or about working with Peter Berg. Instead, they want to quash 
a story about their pasts.

And no wonder. Their backgrounds include convictions for cocaine 
trafficking; ties to the Russian oil business, the Armenian government 
and the African diamond trade; and stints as federal informants. Most 
disturbing are allegations that they orchestrated a contract killing in 
Moscow — allegations that the Moscow police took seriously enough to 
investigate.

full: 
http://www.laweekly.com/2014-01-02/news/remington-chase-stefan-martirosian/




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