Reelz has acquired the U.S. rights to tattoo documentary The Illustrated Man from entertainment and media music agency Mibe Music ahead of the American cable network’s TCA announcement this month.
Directed by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Sophy Holland, the feature-length documentary (pictured) captures the evolution of tattoos from the stereotypical associations with low class criminals and sailors to the art form’s adoption by mainstream culture and the rise of tattoo fashion.
Featured in the film are interviews with celebrity and fashion icons including Dave Navarro, Rocky Rakovic, Jason Santore, Ricki Hall, the late Rico “Zombie Boy” Genest, Brett David, Gabriel Rey, Blake Woods, Marisa Kakoulas, Josh Lords and Michael McCabe.
In addition to the U.S. acquisition, the film has also been picked up in Latin America by Fox and in New Zealand by Sky. The project is distributed by sales executive Diane Tripp.
Most recently, Mibe launched a strategic development division, with Mibe co-founder Amoia at the helm, and The Illustrated Man furthers the company’s prioritization of third party copros and acquisitions across all unscripted and scripted genres.
“Based on my career as a producer and now running a music company with Pete, this is a natural extension for us,” said Amoia, executive producer and co-founder of Mibe, in a statement. “We are hoping to partner with our existing production clients and also invest in projects that can ultimately benefit from our relationships, access to creative and music services.”
“Through our media division, we have the unique opportunity to talk with new and existing production partners throughout all phases of their production,” added Zepina, executive producer and co-founder of Mibe. “That constant dialog allows us to identify acquisition and creative opportunities beyond our traditional music services.”
Mibe has also recently penned a partnership with New York-based DCR Finance Corp. who will act as a lead investor to head Mibe’s music investment committee – valued at US$100 million – “where Mibe’s consultancy will determine DCR’s decisions about buying into films and television projects involving music and publishing rights.”