Magazine article Screen International

Production Begins on Haven’s Los Angeles Lakers Doc

Magazine article Screen International

Production Begins on Haven’s Los Angeles Lakers Doc

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The project will chronicle the life of Jerry Buss, the former owner of the basketball dynasty, his relationship with Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and the transformation of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s.

Haven partner Kevin Mann (pictured) and Brendan Bragg, whose credits include Hello My Name Is Doris, are producing with team co-owner Jeanie Buss, and Lakers manager of special events, Linda Rambis.

Kris Belman directs the film, which will explore how Buss built up the team against the backdrop of Los Angeles in the 1980s, right up until Johnson's retirement following his HIV diagnosis.

"We at Haven strive to work with top-notch talent to tell once in a lifetime stories," said Mann. "The Lakers organisation has always been one of excellence and this generation is the epitome of that."

"We're telling a story that is as layered as Dr. Jerry Buss himself," said Belman. …

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