Dec 12, 2018
Cineflix Rights, the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor, has acquired the worldwide rights to White Boy from Transition Studios. The feature-length documentary is the factual account of the life of Richard Wershe Jr., dubbed ‘White Boy Rick’, whose dramatized story is the subject of a new Hollywood movie starring Matthew McConaughey.
White Boy (1x90’, for Starz US) is set in mid 1980’s Detroit, a city decimated by a crack cocaine epidemic. According to media reports, a white teenager - Richard Wershe Jr. - was operating as a drug dealer amidst sophisticated street gangs raking in hundreds of millions of dollars. But in reality, Wershe had been pushed into the business by FBI agents and police officers hoping to use him to get to their primary target: Mayor Coleman Young. When law enforcement no longer needed Wershe, they left him to fend for himself and he continued in the drug-dealing business until he was arrested and jailed for life, allegedly by a revenge-seeking Mayor Young. Thirty years later, this non-violent juvenile offender remains in prison.
The deal to acquire White Boy was brokered by Giuliana Benvenuto, Acquisitions Manager, North America, Cineflix Rights and Nick Savva, Director of Content Distribution, for Transition Studios.
Chris Bonney, CEO Rights, Cineflix Media said: “White Boy combines high production values with an incredible true story which will leave viewers enthralled. With the release of the theatrical film, there’s a huge amount of buzz worldwide and I’m pleased to be able to offer the feature documentary to our international buyers.”
For more information, contact Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for Cineflix Rights):
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About Cineflix Rights
Cineflix Rights is the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor, providing premium programming from leading international producers to more than 500 broadcasters and platforms worldwide. Our diverse catalogue spans the full range of factual genres, as well as scripted series and formats. Established in 2002, Cineflix Rights is based in London and is a division of Cineflix Media Inc.