Entertainment Studios buys rights to singer's life

Syndie producer and distributor Entertainment Studios has picked up the rights to the life story of Sammy Davis Jr.

Byron Allen-founded shingle plans on bringing the story of the Rat Packer to both the stage and bigscreen.

Consultant for the singer’s story will be his daughter, Tracy Davis, who said: “On his deathbed, one of the last things my father told me was: ‘Tracy, tell my story, warts and all. Byron Allen, who knew and worked with my father, is the perfect producer to help my family and I achieve my father’s dying wish.”

Part of Davis’ showbiz life has been told before. In 1998, HBO telepic “The Rat Pack” examined when the four — Davis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford — were atop the Las Vegas entertainment scene.

In addition to being a singer and dancer, Davis was also a prolific actor and made many guest appearances on the small screen. He appeared in dozens of films, including “Ocean’s Eleven, and TV shows, such as “Laugh-In” and “Mod Squad.”

Davis, who faced intense racism early in his career, died of throat cancer in 1990.

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