A Division of Sartoris Literary Group

SARTORIS ENTERTAINMENT is a production company for the creation of high quality television series and motion pictures. The decision to create a production company occurred after the sale of James L. Dickerson’s biography, Colonel Tom Parker: The Curious Life of Elvis Presley’s Eccentric Manager to Warner Bros. for Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 motion picture, ELVIS, a feature film that explores the life and career of Elvis Presley through the eyes of Colonel Tom Parker. The manager is portrayed in the film by Tom Hanks.

Here is the copyright transaction in the Library of Congress:

Untitled Baz Luhrmann musical project & 1 other title / James L. Dickerson.

Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V9979D787
Date of Recordation: 2020-02-07
Entire Copyright Document: V9979 D787 P1-2
Date of Execution: as of 30Jan20
Date of Certification: 02/05/2020
Title: Untitled Baz Luhrmann musical project & 1 other title / James L. Dickerson.
Notes: Assignment.
Party 1: James L. Dickerson.
Party 2: Warner Brothers Pictures, a division of WB Studio Entertainment, Inc.
Links: List of Titles
Names: Dickerson, James L.
Warner Brothers Pictures
WB Studio Entertainment, Inc.
James L. Dickerson

Projects currently in development by

Sartoris Entertainment:

DEADLINE Murder Mysteries

Creator & Executive Producer: James L. Dickerson

A mystery drama for a television series set in 1968 about an investigative reporter for a small town newspaper who solves murder mysteries before the police are able to do so. The series will be produced entirely in Canada with Canadian actors (and one American actor), Canadian directors and Canadian technical staff. The cast includes some of the best-known actors in Canada. The genesis of the storyline is an original teleplay written by James L. Dickerson titled “Terror on the River.” It is scheduled to launch in 2024.

Just for a Thrill

Executive Producer: James L. Dickerson

Based on the 2002 biography, Just for a Thrill: Lil Hardin Armstrong, First Lady of Jazz by James L. Dickerson, the film will be a biopic about one of the most influential women in jazz history. The second wife of Louis Armstrong, the Memphis-born entertainer and songwriter played an instrumental role in launching her husband’s career. She put together a recording band for Louis, she wrote songs for him, and booked the recording sessions. Not only was she a highly successful songwriter and performer, but she also broke the glass ceiling erected by male jazz musicians by becoming the first woman to join a Chicago jazz band. The biopic will highlight the career of Louis Armstrong as seen through the eyes of Lil Hardin Armstrong.

Love on the Rocks

Executive Producer: James L. Dickerson

Based on the novel, Love on the Rocks by James L. Dickerson, this six-episode television series will tell the dramatic story of a woman who feels she has everything in life she ever wanted, only to see her life turned upside down by a boating accident that takes away everyone important to her. This fast-paced, suspenseful romance will be filmed in Canada, using Canadian actors only, on the scenic Saint Lawrence River, which serves as a boundary between the United States and Canada.