Served as executive producer of the acclaimed HBO biography "Gia"
Produced the remake of "Diabolique"
Was executive producer of the HBO biopic "Norma Jean & Marilyn"
Served as producer of the HBO movie "Running Mates", which teamed Ed Harris and Diane Keaton
With Spike Lee, produced the biopic "Malcolm X", starring Denzel Washington
Produced Paul Schrader's "Patty Hearst"
Co-produced the unsuccessful "Rhinestone"
With Aaron Russo, produced the Bette Midler vehicle "The Rose"
Produced the biopic "Lenny", directed by Bob Fosse and starring Dustin Hoffman; film received an Oscar nomination as Best Picture
Co-produced and co-wrote the Oscar-nominated documentary "Malcolm X"
Served as one of the producers of the Broadway play "Lenny", a biography of Lenny Bruce starring Cliff Gorman
Debut as film producer, "Where's Poppa?"
Was on the writing staff of "The Milton Berle Show" (ABC)
First feature credit, co-wrote story for "Boys Night Out" with Sultan
Began long collaboration with childhood friend Arne Sultan as writer for TV and films
At age 15, worked as promoter of jazz concerts, booking such figures as Charlie Parker and Billie Holliday (date approximate)
With Sultan, wrote for "The Steve Allen Show"; also provided specialty material for Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett and other comedians
Raised in Brooklyn, NY
Managed comedian Lenny Bruce; arranged for Bruce to appear on "The Arthur Godfrey Show"