1933 - 2014

Writing as: Eric Bercovici

According to Wikipedia: "Eric Bercovici (February 27, 1933 – February 9, 2014) was an American television and film producer and screenwriter. He was best known for producing and adapting the screenplay for the 1980 television miniseries Sh?gun.

Born in New York City to screenwriter Leonardo Bercovici, he studied theater at Yale University. His career had barely begun when his father was blacklisted in 1951 through the late 1950s. Eric Bercovici then went to Europe to work on films, returning to the U.S. in 1965. He then began writing episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, and The Danny Thomas Hour. He wrote the screenplays for the 1968 films Hell in the Pacific and Day of the Evil Gun. In the 1970s, he wrote episodes for Hawaii Five-O and created the series Assignment Vienna and its pilot Assignment: Munich. In 1977, he adapted John Ehrlichman's novel, The Company, into a miniseries titled Washington: Behind Closed Doors.

In 1980, Bercovici adapted James Clavell's 1975 novel, Sh?gun, about an English seaman marooned in 17th century Japan, into a nine-hour miniseries of the same name. He was also a producer of the series. Sh?gun won three of its 14 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries, and all three of its Golden Globe nominations, including Best TV Series – Drama. At the time, it was also one of the highest-rated miniseries in television history, second only to Roots.

Bercovici would finish out the 1980s and his writing/producing career as the creator, writer and executive producer for the 1981–82 James Arness vehicle McClain's Law (including its two-hour pilot film) as well as the 1982 ensemble drama Chicago Story, but neither series lasted longer than 14 episodes. His novel So Little Cause for Caroline was adapted into the 1982 made-for-TV film One Shoe Makes It Harder and he wrote at least one episode of Lindsay Wagner's 1984 police drama Jessie. In 1986–87 he was one of the screenwriters for the films The Fifth Missile and Farewell Moscow. His final project was as writer and producer of Noble House, based on another Clavell novel. When not writing screenplays, Bercovici wrote crime novels."

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Assignment Vienna [creator]