EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has struck a landmark development deal with The Associated Press, which will grant the Super Size Me documentarian and his NY-based Warrior Poets production banner unlimited access to adapt the AP’s library of broadcast, digital, and mobile content. The deal makes AP’s extensive archive of global news and media available for development into scripted and unscripted multiplatform projects – a huge wealth of potential source material spanning the global news network’s content from coverage in 110 countries worldwide. Spurlock and Co. are already scouring AP’s library for their first projects, most likely starting with content aimed at U.S. audience before adding potential international partners on stories of local interest. “The goal at the end of the day is to move forward with projects for TV, film, digital, and theatrical,” said Spurlock. “The scope of what we have access to is unheralded.”
For now it’ll be Spurlock, producing partner Jeremy Chilnick, and head of development Ethan Goldman sifting through potential source material, but at the busy shingle “everyone who’s in here, from the head of production to people on other shows, brings ideas they like into the fold,” Spurlock says. Earlier this month The Weinstein Co. made a similar first-look programming deal with Gannett but the vast AP archives give Warrior Poets a much larger bank of content to draw from. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock‘s production company Warrior Poets has partnered with indie distributors Virgil Films and Abramorama to form the label Morgan Spurlock Presents. The plan is to acquire and release distinctive fiction and documentary features theatrically and on cable VOD. Two films are first up under the new venture and will be released this year: A Brony Tale, the docu that premieres Saturday at Tribeca and centers on the cultural phenomenon of men obsessed with Hasbro’s My Little Pony, the magical talking horse toys. It is set for a July bow. The other is Two: The Story Of Roman & Nyro, from Heather Winters, the exec producer of Spurlock’s Oscar-nominated breakout docu Super-Size Me. It follows rock songwriter Desmond Child and his longtime partner Curtis Shaw Child as they raise their two sons.
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Under the model, films the companies discover that have targeted audiences but that otherwise might be overlooked will be released via the label in 20-30 theatrical markets just before cable VOD bows. Read More »
Warrior Poets, the New York-based production company founded in 2004 by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and his producing partner Jeremy Chilnick, has promoted Matthew Galkin to partner. Galkin will continue to executive produce, direct and develop original content. Since joining Warrior Poets more than four years ago, Galkin has worked closely with Spurlock and Chilnick to grow the company and has worked om such documentary films, TV and Web series as One Direction: This Is Us, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, ESPN Films’ 30 For 30 documentary The Dotted Line, CNN series Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man and Web series A Day In The Life for Hulu and Failure Club for Yahoo! “During his tenure at Warrior Poets, Matthew has brought his unique energy, creative experience and storytelling mastery to projects in both the top-tier documentary film world as a director and producer and in the reality/non-fiction TV world as a show runner, producer and director,” Spurlock said. Galkin’s previous credits include HBO’s Kevorkian and Family Bonds and Style’s Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane.