Los Angeles, August 2, 2019
White Horse Pictures’ Chairman Nigel Sinclair and President Nicholas Ferrall alongside David Peck, President of Reelin' In The Years Productions, one of the world’s leading archival footage and licensing companies, today announced a far reaching multi-picture partnership to develop and produce documentary feature film and television projects.
Building on a thriving relationship dating back to 2006, the White Horse team, led by Sinclair and Ferrall, and including Head of Documentaries Jeanne Elfant Festa and Head of Television Cassidy Hartmann, will work with Peck to develop archive-based event documentary projects that draw on his company’s extraordinary catalogue and his knowledge of the wider universe of archival footage. Peck will continue to operate Reelin’ in the Years Productions for the range of clients they service, at the same time as producing select projects with White Horse Pictures on a non-exclusive basis.
David Peck said, “I have worked with Nigel and the White Horse partners on nearly a dozen projects over the last 13 years, and their almost fanatical commitment to excellence touches on my passion, which is finding, cataloging and preserving archival footage from around the globe and making it accessible to professionals in the film & television industry. We worked particularly closely with them on Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years in helping curate material, some of which we helped find, that was outside our archive. Working together on projects such as Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who, George Harrison: Living In the Material World and most recently The Apollo, Pavarotti, and The Bee Gees docs, this non-exclusive partnership is a natural idea and a great chance for us to develop our friendship and professional partnership on a deeper level.”
Nigel Sinclair added, “Of course, David runs this amazing library, but he also brings to the table the passion and commitment of a true archivist who cares deeply about the historical importance of footage and the need to preserve it. His invaluable advice to us on projects has gone way beyond just curating the footage he represents, and this new partnership is a chance for us to utilize his extraordinary knowledge to create some very high-level, archive-driven projects on subjects we all love.”
Most recently, Reelin’ in the Years Productions have been working with White Horse Pictures and The Kennedy/Marshall Company on Frank Marshall’s directed Bee Gees project. Reelin’ in the Years has unearthed many unique moments in the Bee Gees’ career, in which the footage has never been seen or made available for previous films about the band. Some of this great, new material includes a stunning 60-minute concert filmed in 1971 with a 20-piece orchestra, home movies of the Bee Gees on tour in America; and perhaps the most historically significant items are the master tapes, the only known footage of the band performing songs from the film Saturday Night Fever during the disco era. Amazingly, after 1979, when this material was shot, the band never performed these songs live again until 10 years later because of the anti-disco backlash. Reelin’ in the Years has other previously unaired footage throughout its massive archive, and has been closely cooperating with the director and producers of this project, which is being financed by UMG’s Polygram.
As a continuing program of documentary films with an emphasis on music, entertainment and culture, the White Horse Pictures’ slate also includes the Ron Howard directed Pavarotti produced jointly with Imagine Entertainment currently in theatrical distribution through CBS; and Roger Ross Williams’ The Apollo documentary, to be launched in the fall through HBO following its world premiere as the opening film at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. In addition, White Horse Pictures is in pre-production on The Queen Mary Project and has an active television development slate.
David Peck is a dedicated archivist, who has built the world’s largest library of music performance footage containing over 30,000 hours spanning 90 years as well as exclusively representing the rights to over 7,000 hours of in-depth interviews with the 20th century icons of film, television, and politics. Over the course of 20 years his company, Reelin’ In The Years Productions has signed representational deals with major TV stations around the globe such as ITV (UK) , Ina (France) ZDF (Germany) , SVT (Sweden), ABC Australia, WNET & WGBH. In addition to the 60 plus clients his company Reelin’ In The Years Productions represents, they also handle the archives of legendary talk-show hosts such as Merv Griffin, Sir David Frost, Rona Barrett and Brian Linehan. Peck and his team have also produced and directed over 50 music related programs garnering various awards including a Grammy Nomination.
ABOUT WHITE HORSE PICTURES:
Nigel Sinclair has produced a number of award-winning films, including the BAFTA Nominated, Critics’ Choice and Grammy Award-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years also directed by Ron Howard. Other titles include Martin Scorsese’s, George Harrison: Living In The Material World which won two Emmy® Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan for which Sinclair won a Grammy Award® and both the Academy Award®-winning Undefeated and the Grammy Award®-winning Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.
Nicholas Ferrall is President of White Horse Pictures. He was an executive producer for the Grammy-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years and David Gelb’s A Faster Horse. Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann are partners at White Horse Pictures and producers on the forthcoming documentary The Apollo directed by Roger Ross Williams. Sinclair and Festa are producers on White Horse’s current Ron Howard directed Pavarotti documentary feature film together with Imagine Entertainment as well as Frank Marshall’s The Bee Gees documentary together with The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Diamond Docs. The only fully authorized feature doc is presented and fully financed by Polygram, Capitol Records and UMPG
ABOUT REELIN’ IN THE YEARS PRODUCTIONS:
Since 1992, Reelin In The Years Productions has been recognized as a world leader in footage licensing. Their unique archive houses over 30,000 hours of music footage spanning 90 years. Recently they’ve begun to offer for licensing hundreds of thousands of music-related photos from the 1930s to today. With their extensive knowledge of music history, an unparalleled archive of music performance footage spanning ten decades and an ever-expanding photo archive, they are a one-stop shop for both moving and still images of music artists. In addition to their massive music footage & photo archive, they also have available for licensing 7,000 hours of in-depth interviews with the 20th century’s icons of Film and Television, Politics, Comedy, Literature, Art, Science, Fashion, and Sports, filmed between 1962-2012. The interviews are from legendary talk shows around the world, including those hosted by Sir David Frost, Merv Griffin, Rona Barrett and Brian Linehan.