Sam Solakyan, Executive Producer of “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” Starring Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins and Jim Sturgess

Movies and cinema have always been a great interest of mine. I believe the filmmaking process requires an artistic soul and a vast knowledge of the craft. I have always been fascinated by artists that can capture historic events, fill us with joy, and peak the audience’s imagination  — taking us on an entertaining journey through storytelling.

While I may not have been born with gift of filmmaking, having never mastered the art, I have always longed to be a part of the production process. After waiting for the right opportunity, I have finally found a project in which I am truly proud to be involved.

The year is 1983 and Alfred “Freddy” Heineken — grandson to the founder of the famous Heineken brewery — is leading the company to unprecedented success, spurring the brand into a famous name throughout the world.  Hoping to take advantage of the family’s great financial success, a miscreant kidnaps Freddy and demands a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders.  Freddy is eventually released and the ransom is paid, with 35 million guilders being the largest ever ransom at the time.

This breathtaking drama will be eternalized into a screenplay by Swedish Director, Daniel Alfredson, and will feature stars such as Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess. Production will begin this year, with filming on location in Belgium, Amsterdam and New Orleans. I am proud to announce that I, together with Eric Benner, Darrel Casalino, Grant Guthrie and Sandra Siegal, will be part of the Executive Producer team

This will be one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever worked on, and I’m honored to be a part of it.  I hope that all of you are as thrilled as I am to see this production evolve into a masterpiece.  Thanks to the incredible people involved, that goal will now become a reality.  Keep a lookout for the next movie of the year: “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken.”

Read more in a recent Hollywood Reporter article.

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Over the years, Sam Solakyan has maintained a fine balance between his professional and philanthropic endeavors, emphasizing a dual commitment to excellence in the field of healthcare and community stewardship. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Phoenix and a student of M.B.A. at The George Washington University, Mr. Solakyan has spent more than a decade in healthcare, with particular accomplishments in business development. Following three years as director of business development for a chain of imaging centers in Los Angeles, Sam Solakyan founded Glendale-based Global Holdings, which he owns and operates to this day. Since the 2003 formation of Global Holdings, Sam Solakyan has diversified the company’s interests with the addition of subsidiaries Global Healthcare Solutions, Paramount Management Services, Global Pharmaceuticals, and Vital Imaging, now the number-one provider of MRI services in California. Together, these ventures comprise a powerful force in medical imaging, pharmaceuticals, billing and collections, and management consulting, with a broad client base of hospitals and private practices statewide. As a philanthropist, Sam Solakyan regularly gives back to the greater Los Angeles community, notably funding Serve the People, the Family Service Agency of Burbank, the Glendale Police Department, and various schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition to these organizations, he sits on the boards of the Drug Enforcement Agency Foundation, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Serve The People, which helps homeless families find food and shelter. Mr. Solakyan also gives to the Armenian Relief Society, the Red Cross, and the Filipino Children’s Fund. To view more information on Sam Solakyan and his charity work, please visit

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