White Horse Pictures and Reelin’ in the Years Productions have entered into a multi-picture partnership to develop and produce documentary feature film and television projects.
Building on a relationship that dates back to 2006, the White Horse team—led by Chairman Nigel Sinclair and President Nicholas Ferrall—and Reelin’ in the Years President David Peck are set to develop archive-based event documentary projects that draw on Peck’s company’s catalog and his knowledge of archival footage. Peck will continue to operate Reelin’ in the Years Productions for the range of clients they service while producing select projects with White Horse Pictures on a non-exclusive basis.
Most recently, Reelin’ in the Years Productions has been working with White Horse Pictures and The Kennedy/Marshall Company on Frank Marshall’s Bee Gees documentary. Reelin’ in the Years has unearthed many never-before-seen moments in the band’s career. Some of this new material includes a 60-minute concert filmed in 1971 with a 20-piece orchestra, home movies of the Bee Gees on tour in America and the only known footage of the band performing songs from the film Saturday Night Fever during the disco era.
The two companies also collaborated on the Ron Howard-directed Pavarotti and Roger Ross Williams’ The Apollo documentary, to be launched in the fall through HBO.
Peck is a dedicated archivist, who has built the world’s largest library of music performance footage containing over 30,000 hours spanning 90 years. Over the course of 20 years, Reelin’ in the Years Productions has signed representational deals with major TV stations around the globe, including ITV (U.K.), Ina (France), ZDF (Germany), SVT (Sweden), ABC Australia, WNET and WGBH. Peck and his team have also produced and directed over 50 music-related programs, garnering a Grammy nomination.
Peck said, “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 and television industry. We worked particularly closely with them on Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years in helping curate material, some of which we helped find, that was outside our archive. Working together on projects such as Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who, George Harrison: Living In the Material World and most recently The Apollo, Pavarotti and The Bee Gees docs, 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.”
Sinclair added, “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. 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.”