STARZ ACQUIRES INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY "WHITE BOY" ABOUT TEEN FBI INFORMANT RICHARD WERSHE, JR.
Santa Monica, Calif. - September 12, 2018 - Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), today announced it has acquired the documentary White Boy, based on the story of 17-year-old Richard Wershe, Jr. who allegedly ran a vicious, sophisticated underground cocaine operation throughout inner-city Detroit. Arrested as a teen and sentenced to life without parole, Wershe remains imprisoned 30 years later and is the subject of the Sony feature film White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey.
Directed by Shawn Rech, the documentary White Boy follows filmmakers as they investigate the subject of 1980's crime folklore - interviewing journalists, police, FBI agents and hit men - to set the record straight on the urban legend known as "White Boy Rick." White Boy will premiere on STARZ in spring 2019.
Matt Burke at Submarine Entertainment negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
White Boy Rick made its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7 and opens in U.S. theaters on Sept. 14. Starz will also premiere the feature film White Boy Rick in summer 2019 on STARZ.
Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.