White Horse Pictures founder Nigel Sinclair is transitioning to non-executive chairman and will maintain an active role in the business and focus on content creation as Nicholas Ferrall assumes the reins as chairman and CEO. Partners Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann are named co-presidents.
Ferrall, who served as president since 2019 after an earlier stint as head of production, came over with Sinclair from Exclusive Media and is currently producing Stax Records show Stax, Gene Wilder documentary feature Wilder, and horror mystery feature The Queen Mary.
The strategic reorganisation at the company behind The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, The Apollo and The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, sees Elfant and Hartmann oversee all aspects of creative content, production, and development.
Festa, whose producing credits include Lucy And Desi and The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, previously served as White Horse head of documentaries and director of features. She started working with Sinclair when her Piper Cub Productions entered into a first-look deal with Exclusive Media throught which they produced Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.
Hartmann previously served as director of documentary features at Exclusive Media and produced The Apollo. She was an executive producer on The Bee Gees: Can You Mend A Broken Heart and her upcoming producer credits include Wilder and Shari & Lamb Chop.
Additionally, White Horse has entered into a partnership with longtime collaborator Ben Murphy of Whiskey Bear who will oversee and streamline the company’s physical production process while continuing his involvement in creative development.
Robert Dietz, a White Horse Pictures employee since 2018, takes the role of vice president of production, managing day-to-day production and business development and reporting directly to the new White Horse executive team comprising Ferrall, Elfant Festa, and Hartmann, with Sinclair and Murphy attending as appropriate.
Sinclair said, “This new management plan positions White Horse Pictures to expand upon nearly a decade of consistent growth. I look forward to being a part of this company’s next chapter, as a new generation of leaders creates first-rate content.”
Ferrall stated, “It’s been an honour building White Horse with my partners these past eight years, and I relish the opportunity to expand my role ahead of this new phase of growth. I look forward to continuing to work alongside Nigel and our fantastic executive team to continue producing high quality films and documentaries.”
Elfant Festa and Hartmann added, “This is such an electric time in our industry, with so much opportunity for innovative and elevated storytelling. We’re excited to continue building on Nigel’s breadth of experience and incredible relationships and growing White Horse’s production operations while also maintaining our commitment to excellence on every one of our projects.”
Sinclair founded White Horse Pictures in 2014 alongside longtime business partner Guy East after serving as CEO and co-chairman of Exclusive Media. His extensive producer and executive producer credits include End Of Watch, The Woman In Black, Snitch, Terminator 3, The Quiet American, and George Harrison: Living In The Material World.
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