Zac Posen Doc Acquired by Conde Nast Entertainment (Exclusive)
The film marks the first feature-length acquisition for the Dawn Ostroff-led company, which will distribute the film exclusively for rent on Vogue.com.
Conde Nast Entertainment has moved into the acquisitions space by buying first window rights to the Zac Posen documentary House of Z. CNE will distribute the film exclusively for rent on Vogue.com in September to coincide with New York Fashion Week.
The Sandy Chronopoulos-helmed film marks the first feature-length acquisition for CNE, which has been making an aggressive push to expand the breadth of content distributed on its various magazine-branded platforms, including VanityFair.com and NewYorker.com, as well as exploiting the publisher's library of 60,000 articles into movie and TV projects. The move also reunites Posen and Vogue, given that the fashion designer started his career within the pages of the Conde Nast flagship magazine.
The film chronicles the meteoric rise of Posen beginning at the age of 21, his brand's falling out of favor several years later and his challenge to rebuild his company and his reputation. It is both a portrait of an artist as a young man, with a look behind the glamorous curtain of one of the most distinguished brands in the world, and the struggle between art and commerce that weighs upon his every move. The documentary features interviews with Posen, Sean “Diddy” Combs, André Leon Talley, Paz de la Huerta, Naomi Campbell, Claire Danes and others. The film made its world premiere in April at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Jana Edelbaum and Rachel Cohen produced House of Z through their iDeal Partners.
“We see [Vogue.com] as the perfect fit for our audience while also giving us a chance to attract new viewers,” said Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment. “House of Z is a wonderful film and being able to exclusively provide it to our audience is a great opportunity for Condé Nast and we are very pleased to be working with Zac, Sandy and the iDeal team.”
Added Chronopoulos: "Vogue first championed Zac, and we’re very happy that House of Z has found a home with Conde Nast Entertainment and is on the ground floor of this exciting new platform. This is the ideal audience for the film.”
CNE has five unscripted TV series in production or on air, including the critically acclaimed Last Chance U, The New Yorker Presents and Vanity Fair Confidential. The company recently wrapped production on the feature film Granite Mountain, starring Josh Brolin and Miles Teller; and is in production on The Old Man and the Gun, with Casey Affleck and Robert Redford (both are based on articles that appeared in Conde Nast publications).
iDeal projects include its upcoming foray into television with an untitled true-crime limited series based on an article from The New Yorker that is set up at Amazon. Written by Diana Son, the series will be directed by George Tillman Jr. and produced with Susan Lewis and Alicia Keys.
The deal was negotiated by CNE and iDeal Partners.