NanoTech buys Sammy Davis Jr. catalogue for exclusive streaming
Michelle Clancy | 07-12-2013
NanoTech Entertainment has purchased a collection of memorabilia, rare audio tapes and videos from the estate of Sammy Davis Jr. This Sunday would have marked the remarkable performer's 88th birthday.
The collection contains more than 2,500 videos, most of which were personally catalogued and labeled by Davis himself. While some of the music will be licensed to Warner Brothers Music and some items setup for a permanent exhibition at the Rat Pack Museum in Las Vegas, the majority of the content will be available through NanoTech Entertainment's streaming channels.
Originally acquired at the Butterfield & Butterfield estate auction in 1991 by a collector, the estate was later featured on the History Channel. The individual who bought the collection in 1991 sold it in 2004 to Arthur Mrozowski, CEO of Magic Screen 3D.
The Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas considered using the collection as a permanent display, but it shut down in 2011. After living in storage for years, Arthur sold the collection to NanoTech Entertainment. NanoTech Entertainment is now in the process of completing a full inventory of the collection, with the final goal being to make the audio and video available on all of its streaming channels.
"After a long time, we finally found the perfect home for the Sammy Davis Jr. video library," said Mrozowski. "NanoTech has the capabilities to convert the files, but more importantly I know they share my passion for the collection. They will continue to preserve the legacy of Sammy Davis, Jr. and help to re-establish visibility of these assets after many years."
In addition to the 2,500 audio and videotapes, the collection also includes two stage cases, one personal audio and video case, reel-to-reel studio master tapes, and an 8mm personal film collection. NanoTech Entertainment is currently exploring the possibility of doing both a live exhibit in addition to an online exhibit.