Densham, Pen 1947–
DENSHAM, Pen 1947–
Born October 14, 1947, in Ruislip, Middlesex, England; immigrated to Canada, c. 1966, naturalized Canadian citizen; moved to Hollywood, CA, 1980; son of Raymond Philip (a lighting camera operator) and Edna Noreen (maiden name, Benjamin) Densham; married Wendy Savage, May 24, 1975; children: Nevin Philip, Victoria Elizabeth. Education: Attended Bournemouth Art College and Salisbury Art College.
Addresses: Office— Trilogy Entertainment Group, 325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 203, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Agent— Nick Reed, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
Career: Producer, director, cinematographer, and writer. Worked with the companies Film House, Moreland & Latchford, and Reason Associates; Trilogy Entertainment Group, Santa Monica, CA, founder and partner (with Richard Barton Lewis and John Watson), 1986—; Insight Productions, cofounder; Project X, partner. Also worked as montage supervisor, unit director, and creative consultant.
Member: Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists, Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America.
Awards, Honors: Canadian Film Award nomination, outstanding non–dramatic non–feature film script, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1973, for Streetworker; Academy Award nominations, best live–action short film (with John Watson), 1974, for Life Times Nine, and best documentary short subject (with Watson), 1981, for Don't Mess with Bill!; International Fantasy Film Award nomination, best film, Fantasporto, 1990, for The Kiss; Annual CableACE awards, outstanding dramatic series (with others), National Cable Television Association, 1995, 1996, and Gemini Award nominations, best dramatic series, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1998, 2000, 2001, all for The Outer Limits; Gemini Award nominations, best television movie or miniseries, 1996, for "Sandkings," and best dramatic short program, 1997, for "A Stitch in Time," both episodes of The Outer Limits; Silver Jubilee Medal, Queen Elizabeth II; received several international awards.
(With John Watson) Life Times Nine (short film), Insight Productions, 1973.
(And director and cinematographer) Thoroughbred, 1974.
(And guest director) F.I.S.T., United Artists, 1978.
(With Watson) Don't Mess with Bill! (documentary short film), 1980.
(With Watson and Richard Barton Lewis; and director, with Watson) The Zoo Gang, New World, 1985.
(And director) Winners Take All, Manson, 1987.
(And director) The Kiss, TriStar, 1988.
(With Lewis and Watson) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Warner Bros., 1991.
(With Lewis and Watson) Backdraft, Universal, 1991.
The Adventures of a Gnome Named Gnorm (also known as A Gnome Named Gnorm and Upworld ), PolyGram Video, 1992.
Blown Away, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1994.
Tank Girl, United Artists, 1995.
Larger Than Life (also known as Large As Life and Nickel and Dime ), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1996.
(And director) Moll Flanders, Twentieth Century–Fox/Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1996.
Film Work; Other:
Director, If Wishes Were Horses (short film), 1976.
Executive producer, Success Is the Best Revenge (also known as Best Revenge ), Gaumont, 1984.
Executive producer, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, ThinkFilm, 2002.
Television Executive Producer; Series:
(And creator) Space Rangers, CBS, 1993.
The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ; including the episodes "Sandkings" and "A Stich in Time"), Showtime, 1995–2000.
Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime, 1996.
Fame L.A., syndicated, 1997.
The Magnificent Seven (also known as The Magnificent Seven: The Series ), CBS, 1998.
Breaking News, Bravo, 2002.
The Twilight Zone, UPN, 2002.
Television Executive Producer; Movies:
Lifepod, Fox, 1993.
Buffalo Soldiers, TNT, 1997.
Co–executive producer, "Mr. Headmistress," The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 1998.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, ABC, 1998.
(And director) Houdini (also known as Believe and Believe: The Houdini Story ), TNT, 1998.
My Brother's Keeper (also known as Brother's Keeper ), USA Network, 2002.
Carrie, NBC, 2002.
Television Executive Producer; Other:
Taking Liberty (pilot), ABC, 1994.
Creature (miniseries; also known as Peter Benchley's Creature ), ABC, 1998.
Streetworker, c. 1973.
If Wishes Were Horses (short film), 1976.
(With John Watson) The Zoo Gang, New World, 1985.
Winners Take All (also based on a story by Densham), Manson, 1987.
(With Watson) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Warner Bros., 1991.
The Adventures of a Gnome Named Gnorm (also known as A Gnome Named Gnorm and Upworld; also based on a story by Densham), PolyGram Video, 1992.
Moll Flanders (also based on a story by Densham), Twentieth Century–Fox/Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1996.
Songs Featured in Films:
Lyricist (with John Watson and others), "Under My Skin," The Kiss, TriStar, 1988.
Lifepod (also based on a story by Densham), Fox, 1993.
Houdini (also known as Believe and Believe: The Houdini Story ), TNT, 1998.
Space Rangers, CBS, 1993.
The Twilight Zone, UPN, 2002.
(With Melinda Snodgrass) "Living Hell," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime, 1995.
"Alien Shop," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime, 2001.
"The Lineman," The Twilight Zone, UPN, 2002.
Contributor of photographs to magazines.
The film Larger Than Life (also known as Large As Life and Nickel and Dime ), released by Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists in 1996, was based on a story by Densham. The television series The Magnificent Seven (also known as The Magnificent Seven: The Series ), broadcast by CBS in 1998, was also based on a story by Densham, as was the television pilot Taking Liberty, broadcast by ABC in 1994. He also provided story ideas for various television episodes.
Creative Screenwriting, January, 1999, p. 15.
DGA, January, 1999, pp. 77–80.
Los Angeles Times, December 8, 1992, p. F1.
Maclean's, June 10, 1996, p. 60.
Starburst, September, 2001, pp. 30–33.
Starlog, July, 1991; May, 1995.
Xpose Special, November, 2002, pp. 46–49.
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