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January 6, 2016

Rock and a Hard Place, a Powerful Look Inside Youth Prison Boot Camp, from Seven Bucks Productions and 44 Blue Productions, Debuts in May, Exclusively on HBO

Los Angeles, CA – Rock and a Hard Place, an unprecedented look inside youth prison boot camp, will debut in May, exclusively on HBO. The powerful documentary is produced for HBO by Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, and 44 Blue Productions. Rock and a Hard Place captures the lives of incarcerated young people who are granted a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program. This one of a kind program reports a recidivism rate of close to 9%, while the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70%.  The harrowing film chronicles a harsh, uncompromising six-month program in which drill sergeants push inmates to their limit, encouraging them to learn from their past mistakes and become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison.

Rock and a Hard Place was inspired by Johnson’s own experiences with the law as a youth. He appears in the documentary that he produced alongside Garcia, producing partner and co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions, Rasha Drachkovitch of 44 Blue Productions and Oscar® nominated filmmakers Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert, who also directed the feature. Johnson visits the facility where the boot camp is conducted to speak with a new group of young offenders who are on the brink of serving lengthy prison terms and observes the shocking introduction into camp. Once the mayhem has subsided, he addresses the young men to explain why he wants the world to see this program and emphasize why he believes this may be their last chance.

Rock and a Hard Place is a passion project for Johnson, who calls it one of the most important films he’s been associated with. “By the time I was 16, I had been arrested eight or nine times for a variety of things and can relate to what these kids are going through,” he says. Dany Garcia adds, “Miami-Dade is making a difference and truly changing lives in the process of all their hard work. That is why we wanted to make a film about it.”

Drachkovitch, president of 44 Blue Productions observes, “Something remarkable is happening behind the scenes of this program – we’re going to find out exactly what that is.”

Rock and a Hard Place marks the second collaboration between HBO and Seven Bucks Productions, following the hit series Ballers, which began production on season two at the end of 2015. The documentary is one of many projects produced jointly by Seven Bucks (HBO’s Ballers; TNT’s Wake Up Call), and 44 Blue Productions (MSNBC’s Lockup and Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls & Parolees). Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia are executive producers for Seven Bucks Productions; Rasha Drachkovitch is executive producer for 44 Blue Productions; for HBO, Jacqueline Glover is supervising producer and Sheila Nevins is an executive producer.

About Seven Bucks Productions

Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.

Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Paramount’s Baywatch, New Line Cinema’s Central Intelligence and Shazam, Universal’s The Janson Directive and Dreamworks’ Alpha Squad Seven. The company also produces original television programming including TNT’s The Hero and Wake Up Call, HBO’s Ballers, and Spike TV’s Rock the Troops (2016).

About 44 Blue Productions

44 Blue Productions is an award-winning producer of non-fiction, reality, lifestyle and action-adventure programming, whose series have aired on more than a dozen domestic television networks and in more than 120 countries worldwide. Founded by Rasha and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, 44 Blue’s impressive slate of groundbreaking series includes A&E’s Emmy®-nominated Wahlburgers, as well as A&E’s Donnie Loves Jenny and Nightwatch; MSNBC’S critically acclaimed Lockup and its spinoff series Lockup: Raw, Lockup: World Tour and Life After Lockup; Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls & Parolees; Centric’s According to Alex; Style’s Emmy®-nominated Split Ends; Spike’s Deadliest Warrior; and OWN’s Gracie Award-winning Married to the Army: Alaska. 44 Blue’s current slate includes projects with high-profile talent, including: Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Dick Wolf, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg and others. 44 Blue is represented by the William Morris Endeavor Agency.

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