Kimberly Harrison Joins Hulu’s Sammy Davis Jr. Limited Series as Showrunner

Exclusive: Kimberly Harrison (Crossover) Lee Daniels and 20th Television have tapped as showrunners for Hulu’s limited series about Sammy Davis Jr., starring Elijah Kelly as the Candy Man.

Based on Will Haygood’s biography, Daniels and Thomas Westfall wrote, In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr., and inspired by interviews with Davis’ Alex Haley, the as-yet-untitled eight-episode series explores the entertainer’s life through the lens of his racial identity and his complex relationship with the black community.

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It centers on Davis (Kelly), who rises from childhood stardom on the vaudeville stage to become one of the most famous African American entertainers of the 1950s and ’60s (and the only black member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack). At the same time, he spent much of his career surrounded by controversy and ridicule – his relationships with white film stars, his 1960 marriage to Swedish actress May Britt, his conversion to Judaism, his closeness to Kennedy (and later Richard Nixon), and his alcohol and drug addictions. His problem with

Harrison serves as showrunner. He executive produces with Daniels, who will direct the first two episodes and Westfall. Mark Toberoff and Pam Williams also executive produce. Produced by Haygood and Kelley. 20th Television Hall Studio.

This marks Harrison’s reunion with Lee and Kelly. He served as co-executive producer on the Fox series they, Co-created and executive produced by Daniels, while Kelly was featured as a recurring cast member in seasons 2 and 3.

Harrison is the co-star of Disney+’s upcoming basketball-themed drama series Crossover. He previously served as co-executive producer for NBC Law and Order: Organized Crime. Prior to this he was co-executive producer All Rise for CBS, and executive producer/showrunner for Fox Asst. Harrison began his career guilty mindRising from staff writer to co-executive producer for seven seasons before joining they are. He is represented by attorney Jared Levin at Verve, Nasel & Yarne Levin Barnes.

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