Documentarian Morgan Spurlock of “Super Size Me” fame made an epic deal this past Tuesday with The Associated Press (AP), granting his production company, Warrior Poets, an all-access pass to their library of content. Including broadcast, digital, and mobile material, the deal with allow Spurlock and co. to adapt all global news and media AP has to offer into scripted and unscripted video, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Anyone who reads the news has noticed AP’s huge output and can grasp the scope of such a deal. The New York-based Warrior Poets, founded in 2004 by Spurlock, will now have access to material AP covers from 110 countries around the world. The Warrior Poets staff of only 65 individuals may have a hard time keeping up with such frequent story production from AP, especially with the archives to sort through, as well.
In order to take on AP’s magnitude of material, Spurlock plans for his team to come up with news-related projects as quickly as possible. He’s not the only one with such a plan. Recently, the Weinstein Company and Gannet, owner of USA Today, made a deal not unlike the one struck by Warrior Poets and AP. The independent American film studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 2005 also realized the potential created by joining forces with journalists. Of course, a deal with AP guarantees a wealth of work unlike that covered by any others journalistic enterprise.
Profits that result from Spurlock’s deal will be divided between Warrior Poets and AP. No money was involved in the deal’s making.