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