AP, Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets enter into development deal

April 29, 2014
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Morgan Spurlock (Photo courtesy CNN)
Agreement grants Warrior Poets unlimited access to AP's extensive media portfolio for the development of multiplatform projects

NEW YORK -– The Associated Press and Morgan Spurlock's production company, Warrior Poets, have entered into a development deal offering Warrior Poets unlimited access to the extensive resources of AP and its broadcast, digital and mobile assets. This agreement allows Warrior Poets to tap into AP’s vast library of award-winning, global content to develop new scripted and unscripted projects across multiple platforms including film, television and digital.

With operations in 110 countries and unrivaled coverage across the 50 states, AP gathers and distributes news in all formats for an array of global customers.
 
“Warrior Poets recognizes the value of AP's accurate, independent and global text, photo and video news reports,” said Michael Dutton, global director of entertainment products at AP. “We are pleased that their experienced and creative team will be developing original digital and broadcast programming around AP's editorial content.”

“As filmmakers and TV producers, the opportunity to gain access to AP’s impressive portfolio of material is an unbelievable resource. This agreement will allow us to cultivate a multitude of exciting new projects based on AP’s countless fascinating news stories,” said Morgan Spurlock, founder, Warrior Poets.

Warrior Poets has produced a number of critically acclaimed documentary films and television series including “One Direction: This Is Us,” “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” “Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope,” “Mansome,” “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?,” and “Freakonomics.” Television projects include the award-winning FX series “30 Days” and CNN’s “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man” which premiered its second season on April 13th and has been greenlit for a third season. Currently, Warrior Poets is in production on the new docuseries “Seven Deadly Sins” slated to premiere on Showtime on June 19th.

About Warrior Poets
Warrior Poets is a New York based production company founded in 2004 by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Since its creation, he and producing partner Jeremy Chilnick have produced multiple award winning films, television programs and digital series. Films include One Direction: This Is Us, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope, Mansome, Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?, and Freakonomics. Television projects include the award-winning FX series “30 Days,” ESPN’s “The Dotted Line,” Emmy and Writer’s Guild nominated “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3D on Ice!, “New Britannia” for Sky Atlantic HD and the award-winning CNN series “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man.” Warrior Poets’ slate of digital series include Hulu’s “A Day in the Life” as well as Yahoo!’s “Failure Club,” “Mansome” and “Losing It with John Stamos.”

About AP
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP. On the Web: www.ap.org.

Contact
Whitney Kuhn
Warrior Poets
212-691-2800
kuhn@sunshinesachs.com

Erin Madigan White
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press
212-621-7005
emadigan@ap.org


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