A writer, producer and occasional director of highly entertaining genre fare of the 1980s and 90s, Pen Densham specialized in action-adventure with a minor in sci-fi. The son of a lighting camera oper...
With Watson, co-directed, co-wrote, and co-produced "The Zoo Gang"
Served as an executive producer of "The Magnificent Seven" (CBS)
Creative consultant to Sylvester Stallone on "Rocky II"
Created and produced CBS series "Space Rangers"
In November, Trilogy announced three-year, six-picture deal with Spelling Pictures
Launched and was executive producer of "The Outer Limits" for Showtime
First solo directing credit, "The Kiss" (also produced)
Founded Trilogy Entertainment Group with Richard Barton Lewis and Watson
Born and raised in England
Insight Productions earned second Oscar nomination with short film "Don't Mess With Bill!"
Founded Insight Productions with John Watson
Trilogy's deal with Spelling ended when Spelling abandoned motion picture production; in March, Trilogy signed a three-year, first-look deal with MGM
Made short film, "Life Times Nine"; earned Oscar nomination
Directed and produced numerous short films, including several with Marshall McLuhan
While still a teenager, enrolled in art colleges in England
Wrote, directed and executive produced the TNT biopic, "Houdini"
Co-produced, directed and wrote feature "Moll Flanders" starring Robin Wright
Moved to Toronto (date approximate)
With Lewis and Watson, produced "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (also co-wrote) and "Backdraft"
Was executive producer of "Poltergeist: The Legacy" series for Showtime, The Sci-Fi Channel and syndication
At Cannes Film Festival, Trilogy announced joint venture with production companies Majestic and RCS called TRM; venture abandoned in fall
Sold photographs to magazines
A writer, producer and occasional director of highly entertaining genre fare of the 1980s and 90s, Pen Densham specialized in action-adventure with a minor in sci-fi. The son of a lighting camera operator, Densham was born and raised in England. He initially showed an interest in photography, studied at art schools in Bournemouth and Salisbury and eventually made his way to Toronto, Canada in the mid-60s. Shortly after his arrival, he began making short films, some with media guru Marshall McLuhan. He met John Watson and the duo formed Insight Productions, creating films and TV commercials. After earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Subject for "Life Times Nine" (1973), Densham and Watson were lured to Hollywood by fellow Canadian Norman Jewison. Through working with Jewison on "F.I.S.T." (1978), Densham met Sylvester Stallone for whom Densham was consultant and montage supervisor on "Rocky II" (1979). Watson and Densham earned a second Oscar nod for Best Short Subject with 1980's "Don't Mess With Bill".