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‘American Chopper’ Exec Producing New Crime Show With Top Cop Jerry Speziale

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Jul. 24 2018, Updated 1:34 p.m. ET

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American Chopper executive producer Franco Porporino Jr. is bringing the life of the highly decorated DEA undercover police officer Jerry Speziale to the small screen exclusively learned.

The true crime series, in pre-production with Tent City Productions/Fremantle Media, will focus on the life of Speziale and will include dramatic reenactments of some of his most famous cases, including the one where he helped take down the Cali Drug Cartel.

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The story of Jerry Speziale is one that I truly feel needs to be told,” Hollywood heavy weight Porporino told Radar.

“I truly feel that by partnering with Lori Rothschild Ansaldi and Tent City Productions/Fremantle Media, who specialize in true crime, we will be able to portray the true in-depth look of a highly decorated undercover officer who has risked everything over the course of his career. Lori Rothschild Ansaldi is someone I truly respect in Hollywood, and Tent City Productions has produced amazing content.”

In 2003, Speziale, a New Jersey native, released a book which he co-authored with journalist Mark Seal. Entitled Without A Badge: Undercover in the World's Deadliest Criminal Organization, together, Speziale and Seal detail the police officer’s experiences working undercover in Colombia. In 2010, Speziale played the role of Captain Sidney Geraci in the film Brooklyn’s Finest, alongside Richard Gere and directed by Antoine Fuqua.

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Porporino is also a co-producer with Tent City Productions and currently in production on the story of Kevin Keith of Crestline Ohio, who was wrongfully convicted for murder 25 years ago. Ansaldi, Porporino and Tent City Productions are working with top Hollywood celebrities who are interested in executive producing the story and bringing awareness to the issue of Keith’s possible wrongful conviction. Tent City Productions also has the life rights to turn Keith’s story into a motion picture. To learn more about this project, please visit

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