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Exclusive Media Group inks first look deal with Zipper Bros

The filmmakers behind Toronto International Film Festival doc Undefeated (pictured) have signed a first look deal to develop, finance and produce up to two documentary feature films per year with Exclusive Media Group.
September 13, 2011

Zipper Bros., the filmmakers behind Toronto International Film Festival doc Undefeated (pictured) have signed a first look deal to develop, finance and produce up to two documentary feature films per year with Exclusive Media Group.

As part of the pact, Zipper Bros. will create two doc features with a distinct social purpose, which will be produced under Exclusive’s documentary label, Spitfire Pictures.

The two companies have already partnered on Undefeated, the TIFF doc premiering today (September 13), about an inner-city Memphis football team.  Undefeated was picked up by The Weinstein Company earlier this year at SXSW where the film had its world premiere. It will be released in the fall of this year.

The football doc is directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin and produced by Exclusive’s Spitfire label and Zipper Bros in association with Level 22 and Five Smooth Stones Productions.

“After an amazing experience working together with Exclusive in producing Undefeated, Zipper Bros is incredibly excited to expand this relationship and together bring provocative and unexpected stories to the big screen,” said Zipper Brothers president Dr. Ralph Zipper.

“Exclusive Media is so incredibly proud of the success Undefeated has already enjoyed. Building on our relationship is a natural next step and we’re both very excited about this new partnership,” said Exclusive Media Group CEO Nigel Sinclair.

Dr. Ralph Zipper brokered the first look deal with Exclusive Media Group co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and the head of documentary films at Exclusive, Glen Zipper.

Zipper Bros Films is a production company backed by a consortium of American physicians and surgeons who are gathered around the common goal of bringing socially aware stories to the big screen.

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