Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Media Group and Clark Bunting’s Digital Circus have secured, for the first time, the multiplatform and live rights to the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races.
Pilgrim and Digital Circus will work together to develop for TV, film, streaming and gaming/e-sports platforms a variety of original content, including the first-ever live broadcast of the event. Global Motorsports Ventures, an Isle of Man company set up by Piligian and Bunting, will operate out of North Hollywood, Detroit and the Isle of Man.
Piligian remarked: “We’re extremely gratified to have forged such an historic deal that allows us to raise the profiles of the iconic TT and the Isle of Man—and of the riders whose fearlessness and individuality have built a competition like no other. With the proliferation of entertainment and sports platforms, this is the global moment for the TT.”
“The 100th TT is a momentous event and Craig and I are enormously proud that the IOM chose Pilgrim and Digital Circus to bring it to the world through this unprecedented, transmedia development opportunity,” noted Bunting. “The Isle of Man TT offers riveting storytelling and jaw-dropping visuals unlike any other sporting event on the planet. The international assembly of racers who participate in the TT walk the line between extreme bravery and disaster—you have to see it to believe it.”
Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, noted: “The deal offers a unique opportunity to grow the audience and awareness of the TT Races, increase our commercial potential, and promote the Isle of Man as a tourism and business destination worldwide. The individuals involved in this project have a proven track record—within Hollywood and globally—and we look forward to working with them to maximize the event and its potential.”
Dr. Richard Arning, chairman of Isle of Media, added: “Having supported this new venture from the very beginning, we are absolutely excited by working with those at the top of the entertainment field, and for the prospects this brings to our island. It will boost further our profile in global motorsports productions and distribution.”