The Miles Davis Movie: Who’s producing?

According to the Miles Davis biopic has six producers:

Cary Brokaw
Kay Liberman
Lenore Zerman
Vince Wilburn Jr
Darryl Porter
Don Cheadle

Vince Wilburn Jr. is Davis’ nephew and part of Miles Davis Properties, a business collective that oversees all things Miles Davis – clothing, artwork, music, etc.

You can add motion picture to that list.

Darryl Porter was hired in ’06 to run the Miles Davis estate, and he’s presently the General Manager of Miles Davis Properties.

Making up the producing trio from Crescendo Productions are…

Lenore Zerman — credited as a producer on last year’s documentary “Darfur Now.”

Kay Liberman — exec producing “Traitor” with Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce starring.

And of course… Don Cheadle. Producing credits include “Crash” (TV), “Traitor,” “Darfur Now,” “Talk to Me” and “Crash.”

And last, but certainly not least, is Cary Brokaw, representing Avenue Pictures in the producing sextet. Remember it was Brokaw, according to some reports, that helped lock up the rights to much of Davis’ Columbia Records catalog, setting the stage to greenlight the Miles Davis movie project.

I have a Cary Brokaw post coming shortly….

So there you have it – the dream team behind the Miles Davis biopic.

If you look up film producer on Wikipedia it starts out like this:

A film producer is a person who creates the conditions for making movies.

The producer initiates, coordinates, supervises and controls matters such as fundraising, hiring key personnel, and arranging for distributors. The producer is involved throughout all phases of the filmmaking process from development to completion of a project.

That has tall order written all over, yet the producer is vital in seeing the film project through from point A to point B, ‘B’ being my local movie theatre.

When I think of a producer I literally think of “The Producer’s,” the hilarious 1968 Mel Brooks movie w/ Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel and the 2005 Broadway version w/ Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Sure, it was producing for Broadway, but still…

Actually, when I think about TV and film producers names like Scott Rudin, Brian Grazer, Lawrence Bender, J. J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Robert Evans, Harvey Weinstein, George Lucas, Joel Silver and Albert R. Broccoli come to mind.

There’s plenty more, but I allowed myself a few minutes to make a list, and I had to stop somewhere.

In the end, I have high hopes for the team behind the Miles Davis movie.

What an exciting and privileged position to be in; they have their hands on the story of one of the greatest figures in jazz (and I’ll add ‘music,’ in general) history that is ticketed for the big screen.

I feel cinematic greatness upon us. It’s this sextet, with a drop of extra emphasis on Mr. Cheadle, that will play a big part in leading us there.

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Jeff loves music. He also loves band t-shirts, which has become something of an obsession. There's a vintage Roxy Music t-shirt on eBay for $299 he is absolutely going to get when he starts making the big bucks.

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