UK-headquartered TV content distributor Cineflix Rights has acquired the worldwide rights to the feature-length documentary White Boy from Transition Studios.
White Boy (1 x 90 minutes, for Starz in the U.S.) is a factual account of the life of Richard Wershe Jr., dubbed ‘White Boy Rick’. Set in mid-1980s Detroit, in the midst of the city’s crack cocaine epidemic, the media speculated that Wershe was operating as a drug dealer among the sophisticated street gangs and making millions of dollars. In reality, the teen was pushed into the business by FBI agents and police officers hoping to use him in a corruption sting to get their main target – mayor Coleman Young.
Once law enforcement was done with Wershe, they left him to fend for himself and he continued in the drug trade until he was arrested and jailed for life. Thirty years later, Wershe still remains in prison.
The deal was brokered by Giuliana Benvenuto, acquisitions manager, North America, Cineflix Rights and Nick Savva, director of content distribution, for Transition Studios.