Director, producer and writer Max Lewkonwicz and his New York-based Dog Green Productions have acquired the rights to Irving Berlin’s life and music from the Berlin family and the Irving Berlin Music Company.
Lewkonwicz’s plan is to develop an hour-format TV series based on the life of the composer. He will executive produce the series with Theodore Chapin, president and executive producer of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagen Company. They are hoping to have a pilot ready in 2018.
Berlin was born in Siberia, Russia in 1888. After emigrating to the United States, he became one of the most successful songwriters of his generation, with more than 1,200 songs to his name, including “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “White Christmas.” He died in 1989, aged 101.