Roundup: Volleyball Court; “Big Dogs”; More

They saw a concrete slab at the site of what used to be Save the Children headquarters on Wilton Road.

So they — whoever “they” are — did the natural thing.

They put up a volleyball net.

Who needs the beach when you’ve got all this other space?!

(Photo/Tracy Yost)

It’s taken a few years. But Westport entertainment lawyer Alan Neigher is about to see “Big Dogs” — a project he helped create — reach millions of homes.

The 8-part series — about an elite team of New York City detectives and a ruthless European crime syndicate, based on a trilogy by Adam Dunn — debuts July 1 on Amazon Prime Direct.

IMDB describes the New York of the show: “Businesses are shuttered, crime is rampant, black markets thrive.”

Neigher was first involved when he helped Dunn get his books published, copywritten and distributed. When the pair realized they would make a great TV series, they formed a production company and got to work.

You could say Neigher had a “hand” in nearly every aspect of “Big Dogs.” A jazz pianist in his spare time, he wrote 2 pieces that are heard in the show.

And finally … “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was written in 1900 as a poem by James Weldon Johnson. His brother John Rosamond Johnson put it to music in 1905. Today it is called “the black national anthem.” Many singers and choirs have recorded it. This version is one of my favorites.


2 responses to “Roundup: Volleyball Court; “Big Dogs”; More

  1. Alan Neigher is a treasure. Always gives back.

  2. Alan Neigher is the son of one of journalism’s most colorful characters, Harry Neighbor, with whom I had the privilege and fun of working with in the newsroom of the Connecticut Sunday Herald many years ago. Harry wrote an entertainment column that was one of the main reasons for buying and reading the newspaper. He knew everyone in the industry and had a good word for each, never disparaging or demeaning stars and celebrities with fake gossip. Good luck, Alan, with your project, your Dad would be bursting with pride. So glad I just moved back to Westport and read this news.