Wellspring and Court TV Fall For "Unknown White Male"
by Eugene Hernandez
Wellspring and Court TV have jointly acquired the U.S. rights to Rupert Murray's Sundance '05 debut doc, "Unknown White Male." While Wellspring has acquired theatrical and DVD distribution rights, Court TV holds the exclusive TV rights to the movie. In an announcement Thursday, the deal was called "a fully integrated multi-platform collaboration between the two media companies with a strategic co-branded marketing effort."
"Sundance proved to be the perfect launch pad for our first feature documentary," said producer Beadie Finzi, in a statement. "We were absolutely delighted with the interest in our film there and are very excited to have chosen Wellspring and Court TV to work with. Their ambitions for 'Unknown White Male' match ours both editorially and commercially."
The film is the story of Doug Bruce, a man who experienced sudden, profound amnesia. Director Murray knew Bruce before the amnesia and explored what happened to his friend, filming Bruce as he traveled back to Europe to meet family and friends for the first time. In a statement, the producers said, " 'Unknown White Male' explores what it is like to have a second chance at life and examines the role that memory plays in making us who we are."
Release dates for the movie have not yet been set, according to Thursday's announcement.
Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment Ltd. represented the film on behalf of producers Beadie Finzi and Rupert Murray. Marie Therese Guirgis, Wellspring's Head of Acquisitions, and Ryan Werner, the company's Head of Theatrical Distribution, negotiated the deal on behalf of Wellspring. Mark Fichandler, VP of Development and International Co-productions and Elli Hakami, Senior Director of Development, negotiated for Court TV.
The film was made by Spectre Broadcast Ltd, the production company run by Finzi and Murray in London. It was commissioned by Channel 4 Television in the UK and was executive produced by Jess Search.