STATUS: In Development
Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me, the memoir written by Judy Garland’s manager and female power agent Stevie Phillips, is being adapted into a ‘Mad Men’-style television series. The series will follow the story of Phillips’ rise from secretary to tour manager to agent to producer in a pre-MeToo era.
Having started as a secretary, working for MCA’s Freddie Fields and David Begelman, under the glare of Lew Wasserman, she moved with the pair to Creative Management Associates, where she became Judy Garland’s “shadow”. Phillips went on to manage Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli as well as Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, George Roy Hill, Bob Fosse, Cat Stevens, and David Bowie. Sue Mengers, who worked with Stevie at CMA, will also be featured.
A true inspiration who paved the way for women in the entertainment industry, Stevie is an unapologetic, strategic force of nature who in her own words ‘learned to play her cards close to her chest and never fold.’
CAST & CREW:
Director: Scott Winant (Good Girls Revolt, Californication, Emmy-winner for Thirtysomething)
Writer: Andra Gordon
Producers: Andra Gordon and Sarena Khan for Athena Pictures, Zak Kilberg and Iz Web for Social Construct Films, Jon Levin for Fourward, Joseph Cohen for American Entertainment Investors, and Stevie Phillips.
DEADLINE: Judy Garland’s Manager & Female Power Agent Stevie Phillips’ Memoir To Be Adapted Into ‘Mad Men’-Style Television Series – November 13th, 2019
Vanity Fair: Finally, a Mad Men–Style Show About Judy Garland’s Hollywood – November 13th, 2019