Nigel Sinclair’s Los Angeles-based White Horse Pictures has secured a strategic partnership with leading archival footage and licensing company Reelin’ In The Years Productions.
Under the pact, White Horse will work hand-in-hand with Reelin’ In The Years president David Peck to produce and develop archive-based, feature-length documentary films and television projects that leverage Reelin’ In The Years’ expansive catalog of archive.
The two media organizations have been working together since 2006. Key projects include Ron Howard’s Luciano Pavarotti doc, Pavarotti, and The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years – produced jointly with Imagine Documentaries – as well as other music-centric projects including Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, George Harrison: Living In the Material World, as well as Frank Marshall’s fully authorized biography of The Bee Gees, in partnership with The Kennedy/Marshall Company.
Over 20 years, Reelin’ In The Years Productions has built up an archive library that contains more than 30,000 hours of music footage that spans more than 90 years, as well as 7,000-plus hours of in-depth interviews with the 20th century icons of film, television, and politics.
White Horse and Reelin’ in the Years have also most recently worked on Roger Ross Williams’ The Apollo, which recently launched the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The doc was also acquired by HBO for its fall documentary lineup.
White Horse is led by Sinclair (pictured), president Nicholas Ferrall, documentary head Jeanne Elfant Festa and TV head Cassidy Hartmann.
The partnership was negotiated by White Horse chairman Sinclair and Ferrall alongside Reelin’ in the Years’ Peck.
“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,” said Peck in a statement. “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.”
“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,” Sinclair added. “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.”
Correction: an earlier version of this story referred to Frank Marshall’s Bee Gees doc as unauthorized. The film is fully authorized. Edited at 2:28 p.m.