Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Acquires Rights To Sammy Davis, Jr. Bio

by LP Green, II

Entertainment Studios, Inc., which produces and distributes 38 television programs worldwide, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations and owner of eight 24-hour HD cable networks, proudly announces its acquisition of the global media rights to DECONSTRUCTING SAMMY, Matt Birkbeck’s critically-acclaimed biography of legendary entertainer,Sammy Davis, Jr.

Entertainment Studios will produce the Davis story as a motion picture, a scripted television series, and a documentary. The scripted television series will look at the world of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s from the point of view of Sammy Davis, Jr. – one of the few people who traveled through all of the social circles during some of the most turbulent times.

“I personally knew and worked with Sammy Davis, Jr.,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Sammy hired me to open for him at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas when I was a 19-year-old standup comedian, and that’s where my fascination with his incredible story began. DECONSTRUCTING SAMMY is an amazing work of literature.  It is the perfect foundation for a movie, a scripted television series, and a documentary about this legendary global icon.”

Global distribution of DECONSTRUCTING SAMMY will be handled by Entertainment Studios’ recently-acquired motion picture finance and distribution company, Freestyle Releasing.

Production is set to begin in the second quarter of 2016.

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