monterey media inc.
Quality Award Winning Programming since 1979

Press Releases


Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2015) - monterey media is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. and Canada rights to the "The Pardon" based on the true story of the only woman ever executed in the state of Louisiana. Starring Jaime King (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, "Heart of Dixie", Pearl Harbor), and Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (Winter's Bone, The Sessions, Lincoln). The deal was negotiated between Shoreline Entertainment's Sam Eigen & Brian Sweet, and monterey media's Scott Mansfield. A late Spring theatrical release is planned.

"I was fascinated when filmmaker Tom Anton brought us this lovingly recreated and compelling story. Since 1903 50 women have ever been executed in the US. By comparison, since 1976, almost 1,400 men have been put to death...", commented Scott Mansfield, Managing Partner monterey media.

About "The Pardon"
Murder. With all the picturesque glamour of the 1940s, The Pardon recounts the unlikely true story of Toni Jo Henry (Jaime King), a woman tried three times and executed in Louisiana, 1942.

Surviving a legacy of childhood abuse, which lands her in the art deco brothels of the time, Toni Jo briefly discovers love and happiness when she marries the dashing boxer Cowboy Henry (Jason Lewis). Cowboy is soon after sent to prison, leaving the bereft Toni Jo to embark on an ill-fated mission with Cowboy's sometime partner Arkie (John Hawkes). A grisly murder and a series of sensational trials where she pleads her innocence instantly makes the beautiful Toni Jo into a celebrity. Facing conviction after conviction, will she find true redemption in the face of the crimes for which she is accused?

About monterey media Inc.
monterey media is celebrating over 30 years as an exclusive distributor of quality independent films.

It is a privately owned entertainment industry company specializing in uniquely curated distribution and marketing for independent films. monterey media films have been nominated or won the Independent Spirit Award, Golden Globe Award, and NAACP Image Award, and includes film premieres at Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as being included on (the late) Roger Ebert's 10 Best Independent Films list.

For more information, please visit:

Jenny Manocchio
Publicity Director

All images are copyright © monterey media inc.