William L. Whitacre - Supervising Producer & Legal Counsel
William L. Whitacre will act as a Supervising Producer for The Favorite and will also provide business and entertainment legal services to the production.
William L. Whitacre is an entertainment attorney with a worldwide client base and offices in Central Florida. Mr. Whitacre's screen credits for produced and distributed feature films include The Blair Witch Project; The First of May (also Supervising Producer) Missing in America starring Danny Glover, Linda Hamilton, and Ron Perlman (also Associate Producer; Silver Wings and Civil Rights (also Supervising Producer) a feature documentary with many of the original Tuskegee Airmen, and winner of the Audience Award at the Miami International Film Festival; and others.
Mr. Whitacre graduated from the University of Florida law school in December 1971. He entered the United States Army in 1972 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1973 while on active duty. Following five years active duty service with the U. S. Army in Air Defense Artillery and the Judge Advocate General's Corps he moved to Orlando, Florida where he has practiced law full time since 1977.
Film clients have included the following production companies and their feature films: PJK GROUP (Miami Connection, starring Master Y. K. Kim); A JOINT FILM VENTURE COMPANY (Miami Beach Cops); SHO ENTERTAINMENT (The First of May, starring Julie Harris, Mickey Rooney, and Joe DiMaggio); HAXAN FILMS, INC. (The Blair Witch Project, highest grossing independent film ever with $140.5M in theatrical box office revenue and a 1999 Sundance and Cannes Film Festival Selection; WHITE APE PICTURES, LLC (Altered, released by Focus Features/Rouge Pictures through Universal in 2006); TREAT YOURSELF FILMS, INC. ("Florida City"); BACK HOME PRODUCTIONS (The Way Back Home with Julie Harris and Ruby Dee); HARVEST OF EMPIRE, LLC (feature documentary entitled Harvest of Empire) ANGEL DEVIL PRODUCTIONS (Missing in America with Danny Glover, Ron Perlman, and Linda Hamilton), the HAXAN feature shot in Hong Kong in Fall 2007, Seventh Moon, starring Amy Smart) NFOCUS VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC. award winning feature documentary Voices from Mariel and the feature film Endure starring Judd Nelson and Tom Arnold which earned Redbox Top Ten rentals in May 2011. Mr. Whitacre is a former member of the Director's Guild of America (DGA) as a Production Manager.
Mr. Whitacre has created the business and equity structures for companies that sold feature films to major distributors. He has been directly responsible for the final delivery of films that resulted in advance payments of $1M-$7.5M being released to the Producers prior to their film's commercial release.
Mr. Whitacre's representation in film includes business and equity structuring, production contracts for talent, music, cast and crew, permitting, licensing, copyright, private placement film financing investment packages, distribution coordination with primary emphasis upon legal delivery requirements and acting as a Producer and Supervising Producer.
Mr. Whitacre has received the Orange County Bar's Award of Excellence for his work as a Guardian ad Litem on behalf of abused and neglected children. As a stage actor his awards include Best Actor in the All Army Festival of the Performing Arts while on active duty for his portrayal of Lennie in Mice and Men. He has appeared as the lead actor in many stage productions, Army training films, and in a featured cameo in the action film VS produced by Bryce DiCristofalo.
Mr. Whitacre's awards also include recognition from Valencia State College, Women in Film, and the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association for his contributions to educational programs.
He has written for the Florida Bar's Entertainment, Sports and Arts Law newsletter, EASL. He has lectured and participated at major universities and colleges and as a panelist at many entertainment industry festivals and conferences, including the following: ShowBizExpo LA; ShowBizExpo NYC; IFP Midwest; The Hollywood Film Festival; Yale Film Society; The University of Florida Music Law Conference; The Jacksonville Film Festival (for the Florida Bar;) The Florida Film Festival; and The Sarasota Film Festival.
In addition to True Detective Mr. Whitacre has also appeared in numerous print publications including Florida Today, and the Forbes Magazine 2000 Annual Investment Guide re investing in independent film.