The movie, based on the Teri Woods New York Times bestselling novel “TRUE TO THE GAME”, introduces us to first time Producer Manny Halley.   The movie will be released Nation wide September 8th 2017.

“True To the Game” is a tumultuous love story that follows the lives of Gena, a young girl from Philly thrown into the rapid streets of Harlem, New York, and Quadir, a slick talking native New Yorker on a rise to street stardom. Young and in love, the pair ultimately risk it all to stay “true to the game”.

Vivica A. Fox plays Shoog

Said Halley in a statement: “‘True To the Game’ is a pioneering work that have solidified its place in the history books. Fans worldwide have been awaiting the creation of films for both books for a very long time, and we’re thrilled to bring them to life… To date, both novels have sold millions worldwide, and the timeless stories are very relevant still today.”

Erica Peeples plays Gena opposite Columbus Short playing Quadir Richards

The Production…

Producer Manny Halley is no stranger to entertainment coming from a back ground as a successful entertainment industry veteran, music mogul and now newly turned movie producer. Halley the film rights to this urban masterpiece with a huge cult following which is a trilogy series written by Teri Woods. ‎

Columbus Short as Quadir Richards

This Film is directed by Preston Whitmore from (This Christmas) and stars Columbus Short, Andra Fuller, Draya Michele, Vivica Fox, Starletta Dupios, Nelsan Ellis, Jennifer Freeman and introducing Erica Peeples.‎

The screenplay was written by Nia Hill (“Colored My Mind: The Diagnosis”)

Draya Michele as Cherelle
Halley – One of the most influential voices in the entertainment industry.

About Manny Halley…

Without a doubt, one of the most influential voices in the entertainment industry is mega successful entrepreneur and music mogul, Manny Halley. The CEO of Imani Entertainment Group (IEG) was born and raised in the inner city streets of Brooklyn, NY, and brings the hustle mentality and heart of the streets to the boardroom. With a bevy of companies under the IEG umbrella, including Imani Management, Imani Records (EMI/Capitol), Imani Publishing (Warner/Chappell) and Imani Film and Television.

With his family by his side, Manny has sought to create a leading empire that the entertainment industry has yet to see. A man of strength, faith and humility, Imani “Manny” Halley will not rest until the world knows who Imani Entertainment is. His commitment, dedication and loyalty to his artists are unsurpassed. Halley has merged his many talents and keen sense of delivering what the public wants into his latest endeavors. If his track record is any indication, the future looks bright for the entertainment mogul.

Manny Halley first came onto the scene in 1998 when discovering “Shyne” Jamal Barrow and bringing him to Bad Boy Records where Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs signed him to a five-album deal on the spot. Shyne’s self titled debut album was release in September 2000 and featured guest appearances from Barrington Levy and 112’s Slim, as well as production from Bad Boy’s in house producers The Hitmen. The album made Billboard’s number five spot on the charts and sold over 900,000 copies.

With his family by his side, Manny has sought to create a leading empire that the entertainment industry has yet to see. A man of strength, faith and humility, Imani “Manny” Halley will not rest until the world knows who Imani Entertainment is. His commitment, dedication and loyalty to his artists are unsurpassed. Halley has merged his many talents and keen sense of delivering what the public wants into his latest endeavors. If his track record is any indication, the future looks bright for the entertainment mogul.

About Teri Woods

True to the Game by New York Times bestseller author and publisher Teri Woods has been undisputedly titled a classic. While working as a legal secretary for a law firm and juggling motherhood in Philadelphia, PA Teri Woods completed her first novel, True to the Game. She submitted her story over a period of six years to more that twenty different publishers, all of whom rejected her. When major publishing houses refused to embrace True to the Game she wasn’t discouraged. In 1998 instead of giving up, Woods’ printed, bound, self-published and began selling hand to hand her first book True to the Game.On December 18, 1999 with the support and encouragement of friends, Teri Woods recognized the selling power of her story. She credits her overwhelming success to hard work and perseverance. Teri Woods often slept in her car and on the couches of acquaintances, as she spent countless hours selling her books on the streets of New York. Moving thousands of books primarily from the trunk of her car she was determined to have her story read. Her grassroots tactic paid off; Teri Woods became a self-made millionaire in just three years selling her novel, True to the Game. With the release of True to the Game, Teri Woods has reinvigorated the urban fiction market and created a growing trend in publishing.As owner of Teri Woods Publishing, Woods’ published: True to the Game, DUTCH I, DUTCH II, Deadly Reigns I and II , Angel, B-More Careful, The Adventures of Ghetto Sam, Triangle of Sins, Rectangle of Sins, Tell Me Your Name, Predator and Double Dose. True to the Game, B-More Careful, DUTCH, Triangle of Sins, Rectangle of Sins, Deadly Reigns I and Deadly Reigns II has all been featured on the Essence Bestseller list numerous times collectively. Teri Woods Publishing has sold over 1 million copies independently and generated over 15 million dollars in gross revenue. Woods jump started the entire urban-book marketplace. Teri signed a five book deal with Grand Central Publishing in 2007.

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