A Gritty Yet Uplifting
True Story 

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Executive Hoodlum: An Uncompromising and Inspirational Biography

Executive Hoodlum

Many of the jaw-dropping stories in this book will leave the reader incredulous. Yet they can all be substantiated through extensive documentation derived from print media, police reports, death certificates, album recordings, newsreels and other video as well as protracted interviews with family, friends and colleagues, including “alleged” organized crime members.

The story of John Costello is that of a man who has walked a jittery tightrope across a chasm of squalor and lawlessness to achieve a decent and fulfilling life on the other side – the author invites readers to vicariously partake in his existential balancing act.

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About the Author

John Costello is Corporate Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for a $6 billion cutting edge semiconductor corporation. Well known and respected in the industry, John earned his degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in 1983. John’s social circle includes high-level corporate executives, politicians, military leaders and celebrities. As a young boy he played Little League Baseball and Pop Warner Football and went on to become an outstanding track and cross-country runner in high school, captain of his college rowing team, and an accomplished boxer in the Golden Gloves and other tournaments.

With this wholesome All-American résumé, most would think that John Costello emerged from a solid middle-class family with all the usual privileges pertaining – though nothing could be further from the truth. John Costello was born into a working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s north side and grew up under quite difficult conditions. His father was a talented Italian tenor with mob connections and a proclivity for violence; his mother, the daughter of an Irish street cop, was a straight laced Catholic girl till she took to the bottle after falling victim to that violence. Surrounded by constant turmoil and hardship involving gangs, members of the underworld, murder, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction as well as physical and emotional abuse, John eventually transcended his circumstances to obtain a higher education and pursue a profitable career that entailed all the perks of an executive lifestyle inclusive the Hollywood party circuit.

John Castello aka Mario Casini

In 2011 John's intriguing story caught the attention of one of John’s friends, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author and media personality Larry Elder, while attending John’s 50th birthday celebration. A month earlier in a random encounter on a flight to Germany, John met independent movie producer Ehud Bleiberg where a long conversation took place about career and family. Years later in 2016, Mr. Bleiberg contacted John out of the blue proposing a film be produced and a deal was signed.



Larry Elder

LARRY ELDER

A “firebrand” according to “Daily Variety” best-selling author and radio talk-show host, Larry Elder, has a take-no-prisoners style, using such old-fashioned things as evidence and logic. Larry shines the bright light of reasoned analysis on many of the myths and hypocrisies apparent in our system of government, our society, and the media itself.

The “Larry Elder Show” can be heard Monday through Friday on KRLA 870 The Answer. His show is carried in 300 markets, with over one million listeners every day. In his best-selling book, “The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America,” Larry skewers the crippling myths that dominate the public agenda. His latest book, “Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives...Eight Hours” is a deeply moving, personal story of anger and reconciliation with his dad. Elder also writes a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column distributed through Creators Syndicate.


EHUD BLEIBERG, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, BLEIBERG ENTERTAINMENT

A key figure in international independent cinema, Ehud Bleiberg has produced more than 40 films over the past four decades. Bleiberg's extensive management and creative background have allowed him to develop, finance and produce films that run the gamut in terms of budget and genre. Through the sales arm of his company, Bleiberg Entertainment, he also focuses on the acquisition of film rights for distribution into the domestic and international marketplace and they currently house a library of over 100 titles.  Bleiberg produced the hit thriller "The Iceman" starring Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and James Franco and directed by Ariel Vromen. The film screened at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals and upon its U.S. release, it opened number 1 at the specialty box office.  Bleiberg was also a producer on the international hit “The Band’s Visit,” which won more than 40 awards, including the Coup de Couer at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ehud Bleiberg
This was followed by “Adam Resurrected” by legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader and starring Oscar nominees Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe; Toronto IFF selection “The Assassin Next Door” starring Olga Kurylenko; and the documentary “Precious Life,” which premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to rave reviews and was shortlisted for that year’s Academy Awards. In 2013, Bleiberg won a Czech Film Academy Award for producing the film noir “In the Shadow,” which was also the official Czech entry for the Oscars.  Other producing credits include comedic crime caper “Hunting Elephants” from acclaimed writer/director Reshef Levi starring Sir Patrick Stewart; the feel-good true story “Ingenious” with Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner; Toronto IFF selection ”McCanick” starring David Morse; and the teen comedy hit “100 Girls” starring Jonathan Tucker and Katherine Heigl.

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