Get ready for a definitive documentary about the iconic working and personal relationship of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. "Lucy & Desi" is the working title and the estate is said to be fully behind it. Amy Poehler will be directing in her first outing as a director of a doc.
Deadline reports that the film will be about the strong personal and professional partnership between the two icons. This will be the biggest doc to be fully financed by Imagine Documentaries. Imagine's Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Sara Bernstein will be executive producers, with White Horse's Nicholas Farrell and Cassidy Hartmann and Morgan Sackett of Diamond Docs'.
Together, the legendary TV icons founded Desilu Productions in 1950. TV was changed forever. They first set out to produce the vaudeville-style touring act that led to the TV show I Love Lucy.
Back then, most TV shows were broadcast live, and as the largest markets were in New York, the rest of the country received only kinescope images. Arnaz's cameraman, Karl Freund and Arnaz developed of the multiple-camera setup production style using adjacent sets in front of a live audience that became the standard for other situation comedies. Shooting on film now let every station around the country to broadcast high-quality images of the show. Arnaz was told that it would be impossible to allow an audience onto a sound stage, but word is, he worked with Freund to design a set that would accommodate an audience, allow filming and that follow fire and safety codes. Due to the high cost of of 35mm film, Arnaz and Ball agreed to pay cuts in those years. In return they kept the rights to the films. This was the basis for their invention of re-runs and syndicating TV shows.
Desi also produced many other TV shows in the day.
The original Desilu company continued long after their divorce and her next marriage.
Desilu produced its own programs and provided facilities to other producers. Desilu produced The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, Mission Impossible and Star Trek.
When Ball sold her share of Desilu to what became Paramount Television, Arnaz formed his own production company. With the newly formed Desi Arnaz Productions, he made The Mothers-In-Law fro 1967 to 1969.
Arnaz's company was succeeded-in-interest by the company now known as Desilu, Too. Desilu, Too and Lucille Ball Productions worked hand-in-hand with MPI Home Video in the home video reissues of their shows not owned by CBS, the successor-in-interest to Paramount Television, which succeeded the original Desilu company.
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