DOULA – a comedy about the ups and downs of modern pregnancy


On June 20, 2022, the all-new comedy movie DOULA will be available to rent or own in the U.S. on all major digital platforms

Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”) stars in this delightfully dry and witty comedy about a pregnant couple who reluctantly hires a male doula, from director Cheryl Nichols (“Cortez”).

After dating for a matter of months, thirty-somethings Deb (Troian Bellisario) and Silvio (Arron Shiver) are expecting their first child. When their elderly midwife, Penka, passes away suddenly, Silvio makes the hasty decision to hire Penka’s son, Sascha (Will Greenberg), as their live-in doula. Deb is nonplussed, as Silvio didn’t consult her before hiring, but before long, Sascha’s unconventional style wins her over. As Deb and Sascha grow closer, and the pregnancy nears its inevitable conclusion, Silvio starts to feel like the odd man out. His continued efforts to exert control over the pregnancy lead to a blow-up fight in which he forces Deb to choose between him and Sascha.

Rounding out the cast is Chris Pine, who stars as Deb’s doctor, with Amanda WalshAlly Maki, Elyse Levesque, Alex McKenna and Robert Baker.

DOULA marks the first feature film produced by Chris Pine and his new production company Barry Linen Motion Pictures, produced in association with Vacation Theory and Universal Pictures Content Group.

Speaking about the release, producer Ian Gotler says: “The moment we read Arron’s script, we knew we had something special. Troian, Arron, Will and the entire cast have done an amazing job bringing both humor and heart to subject of modern pregnancy.”

Producer Chris Pine adds “Making Doula was a dream come true. It’s written by one of our best friends, directed by one of our best friends, starring a bunch of our best friends. The film was a ton of fun to make and we hope audiences see that when they’re watching it.”


Directed by Cheryl Nichols

Produced by Chris Pine, Ian Gotler, Erin Fahey, Anabella Casanova and Sage Price

Written by Arron Shiver

Starring Troian Bellisario, Will Greenberg, Arron Shiver & Chris Pine


Headquartered in London, Universal Pictures Content Group is a repertoire center acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis.  Universal Pictures Content Group is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


Founded by long-time collaborators Chris Pine and Ian Gotler, Barry Linen Motion Pictures is a Los Angeles based production company with the goal of producing resonant, timely material that is designed to entertain and enlighten audiences. Their project list to date includes: All The Old Knives, a spy thriller starring Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Jonathan Price and Lawrence Fishburne, for Amazon Studios and My Heroes Were Cowboys, a documentary short about legendary horse trainer Robin Wiltshire, for Netflix. Up next, the team goes into production this summer on Pine’s directorial debut, Poolman. Pine will star, in the script he co-wrote with Gotler, alongside Oscar nominees Annette Bening and Danny DeVito.


Vacation Theory is a Los Angeles based commercial production company formed in 2015 by producing partners Sage Price and Anabella Casanova. Since forming they have produced both commercial and narrative branded content across the United States and abroad in both Europe and South America for clients such as Google, The Coca Cola Company, Boost Mobile, Capital One, Uber and Lyft to name a few, as well as Ariana Grande’s cover shoot for Time Magazine. Prior to forming Vacation Theory they were both in-house at Rainn Wilson’s production company SoulPancake where they produced Season One of the Kid President: Declaration of Awesome television show for Discovery Channel Kids among many other projects including Life Continued: Defeating Depression, a documentary for MTV, and Oprah and Rainn Wilson present SoulPancake for Oprah's OWN channel.

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June 20, 2022
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