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Film Industry Seminar Series

The Script to the Screen panel is at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 5th at the Sie FilmCenter.  It is the first quarterly program in the: Film Industry Seminar Series

The Denver Film Society, the Colorado Film and Video Association, and the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media present quarterly seminars featuring leaders of the film industry at the Sie FilmCenter. Each panel will be followed by a networking reception in Henderson's Lounge hosted by the CFVA. 

These well-rounded conversations will focus on the critical role played by talented professionals who often receive far too little credit for the important work they do in creating cinematic success. 

Description of the panel: So you have a finished screenplay? How do you make the leap from paper to the big screen? Hear from the people who make that happen. Guests include literary agents Jeffrey Thal and Nicholas Bogner and writer Carroll Cartwright.
Tickets are available at $12 for DFS/CFVA members, $15 for nonmembers




Mr. Thal has been an executive in the entertainment industry over twenty five years, primarily as a literary manager.  He is a partner in Ensemble Entertainment, a boutique personal management firm, for over twelve years where he manages directors and writers primarily in film and television, but also ventures into the theater, internet and publishing areas.

He and his partner executive-produced the Disney Channel movie "Starstruck" in 2010, and he and the company have  producing deals with Disney, Alcon, Summit and Fox Television Studios. Earlier producing credits include the Sundance hit "Slaves To The Underground", and the Family Channel series "The Mr. Bill Show".

Prior to forming Ensemble, Mr. Thal was a partner in two other management firms, Seven Summits Pictures & Management and Creative Alliance.  He started his career as a talent and literary agent with the distinguished New York agency, The Lantz Office, where he worked with such artists as Milos Forman, Paul Verhoeven, Jules Feiffer, Peter Shaffer, Elizabeth Taylor, Nastassja Kinski, Anthony Hopkins, Maximillian Schell, Sir Alec Guiness and the Tennessee Williams estate.

Mr. Thal graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University's School of Public Communications in the Film and Broadcasting program in 1979 and is proud that his daughter Katie now attends the university.  He is also an avid skier, a mediocre tennis player, and a lousy guitarist.




After adapting  What Maisie Knew 20 years ago, Carroll Cartwright wrote a stack of unproduced screenplays, some better than others, script-doctored Hollywood extravaganzas like Jumanji and Pearl Harbor, and had the great pleasure of working with Paul Newman on Where the Money Is. He is currently directing Jane, Jane, Tall as a Crane from his most recent script.






Nicholas Bogner is a producer and a manager of actors, writers and directors.  He has vast experience in all areas of television and features.  He has been an executive for major feature companies as well as a television network and also has two produced credits as a screenwriter, The Little Deathand No Strings Attached.  He recently produced Soccer Mom starring Emily Osment (Hannah Montana) and Missi Pyle (The Artist, Dodgeball) for Starz and Anchor Bay. 

Several years ago, Bogner opened up a literary branch for the management and production company Affirmative Entertainment.  The company also represents a stellar list of actors and actresses, including several Oscar and Emmy winners and produces Showtime's "Californication", and now they have signed an illustrious group of writers and directors.  He sold several specs in the feature world and has helped package several films.  He has sold pilots to MTV, CW, Fox Studios, Fox 21, Starz, Sy-Fy, Showtime and NBC.  Along with Angela Mancuso, he is executive producing a show at USA and E! 

Before producing and managing, Bogner served as vice president of original programming for Turner Network Television (TNT) for seven years.  In this capacity, he was responsible for the development of all long form - including two-hour movies, backdoor pilots, mini-series as well as series - for the network's TNT Originals franchise. Bogner worked on several high-profile projects including Steven Spielberg's twelve hour "Into The West", the critically acclaimed six-hour limited series "The Grid" (a co-production with BBC) as well as Stephen King's "Salem's Lot."  Beyond these projects, Bogner shepherded over 15 movies into production. 

Prior to assuming his position at TNT in August 1999, Bogner spent four years at Cruise-Wagner (C-W) Productions, where he spearheaded the acquisition of material, supervised writers and collaborated with directors and talent on such films as The Others, Mission Impossible: 2, Without Limits, Vanilla Sky, Suspect Zero and various projects still in development.  He is credited with finding The Others for C-W. 

Bogner was born in London, England and completed his 'O' and 'A' levels before leaving London for UCLA, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. His mother is a television producer and manager credited with discovering the British model Jean Shrimpton while his father is the author of some fifteen novels, including the best seller and highly regarded mini-series.