Press Release from Starz, Nov. 29, 2016:
Starz announced today that it has greenlit the documentary film “NUDE” from Director and Producer Anthony B. Sacco (DGA Award Winner for the STARZ Original series “The Chair”) and Producer Josh Shader (Television Critics Association Award Winner for “The Chair”) following treats! magazine founder Steve Shaw and photographer David Bellemere’s NU Muses project.
The feature-length documentary explores modern perceptions of modeling, nude photography, and body image connected to the evolving social media landscape documenting a group of women working as professional models today. “NUDE” chronicles the casting and creation of Shaw’s inaugural NU Muses project, a high-end calendar photographed by Bellemere that celebrates the forgotten art of the classic nude that will debut at Art Basel in Miami.
“We’re excited to work with Tony Sacco and Josh Shader again who, with their perceptive and direct cinema style, are creating an intimate film that aims to expose the raw emotions – as well as the passion and the pain – of individuals working to achieve their art,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director at Starz. “This documentary gives audiences a glimpse into the exclusive world of modeling and photography.”
Starz retains all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment and digital. Director of Original Programing Patrick McDonald is the Starz executive in charge of “NUDE.”
About NU MUSES
NU MUSES is a millennial take on the classic Pirelli calendar of the 1970’s but reimagined as something artistic, classic and inspirational. NU MUSES aims to redefine how society perceives nudity, reestablishing nudity as something of natural timeless beauty to be celebrated in an elegant and sophisticated way. Candidates from around the world submitted photos and videos in the hopes of becoming one of the final 12 NU MUSES. Following a top 100 selection, a round of social media voting and a final 30 selection, the judges and Creative Director Christianne Brooks, made their decision in October, introducing the final 2017 models who epitomize the qualities of a NU MUSE – confidence, inspiration, and comfort in the nude form. The NU MUSES 2017 calendar shoot took place in October at the beautiful Casa Kimball, a private villa located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The NU MUSE luxurious calendar began presales in mid-November. Each of the 2017 NU MUSE’s will be a part of the calendar launch event and dinner at Art Basel Miami.
About Steve Shaw
Steve Shaw has a background in celebrity and fashion photography, shooting for Elle, Vogue, and British Esquire. In 2011, British-born Steve Shaw conceived and launched treats! Magazine as a European-inspired, multi-media brand merging high fashion, photography and sensuality as the ultimate in fine art luxury publishing. Created without the boundaries of commercial restrictions or censorship, treats! goal is to provide creatives with a platform to express their “art” – from fine print to digital and premium video. treats! is designed to give the world’s best photographers, writers and artists a sophisticated, creative outlet with the freedom to have their work published without restriction. Shaw focuses on celebrating the beauty of women as nature made them, which can be seen throughout his work.
About David Bellemere
David Bellemere was born and raised in Paris, France. He discovered photography during his high school years, which led him to study visual arts after his Baccalaureate. While in college, Bellemere caught the eye of various French magazines that commissioned him in his early 20s. Over the next few years he traveled throughout Asia regarding his time there as the most influential in his photographic style to this day. Bellemere is recognized for his unique light, colors, and composition, always celebrating beauty. The adjectives most often used to describe his pictures are sensual, delicate, and feminine. Bellemere currently contributes to the following magazines: Marie Claire Italy, Vogue Paris, Vogue US, Vogue China, Nippon Vogue, Vogue Spain, Elle US, GQ UK, LUI, Porter Magazine, MUSE, treats! and Harper’s Bazaar UK.
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks (Starz Networks) and global content distribution (Starz Distribution), www.starz.com. The Starz Networks operating unit is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand with 24.5 million subscribers in the United States as of September 30, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31.5 million subscribers. Through STARZ, the company provides high quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services. STARZ is 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. The Starz Distribution operating unit is home to the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Digital, and Starz Worldwide Distribution divisions. In addition to STARZ Original series, Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires movies, television and other entertainment content for worldwide home video, digital, and television licensing and sales.
About Art Basel
Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, as reflected in its participating galleries, the artworks presented, and the parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In recent years, Art Basel’s art-world engagement has expanded beyond art fairs. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative, in collaboration with Kickstarter, which has helped catalyze much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects, resulting in pledges over $1 million to creative projects from all over the world. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel will work with selected partner cities to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city. Connecting them to the global art world through Art Basel’s expertise and network, Art Basel Cities supports its partner cities in developing their unique cultural landscape. The first city Art Basel is partnering with for Art Basel Cities is Buenos Aires. For further information please visit artbasel.com.