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David Manson is a Peabody Award-winning writer/producer who has built a career on developing and producing challenging material. From the controversial drama Nothing Sacred to the powerful Alan Parker film Birdy, from the uncompromising slave drama Nightjohn to the Sting documentary Bring on the Night, Manson’s tastes have been provocative and eclectic.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Irvine, Manson began his career in the theatre and worked as an actor, director or stage manager for such prestigious theatres as the Mark Taper Forum, Playwrights Horizon and the Manhattan Theater Club.

He started in the film business working for Dick Berg’s Stonehenge Productions, where he produced his first film, The Spell, when he was only 24 years old. As a senior vice president of Stonehenge, he produced several other movies and miniseries, including the first important television film about the Vietnam War, A Rumor of War, which the New York Times called “unusually ambitious and admirable,” while the Washington Post called it “as true as a movie is going to get.”

Manson formed his own company, Sarabande Productions, when he was 28. Since then, he has produced, written or directed a number of critically praised television productions, including co-creating and executive producing the Peabody Award-winning drama Nothing Sacred and such films as Rising Son, which introduced the world to Matt Damon; the highly rated Sessions, starring Veronica Hamel; and Nightjohn, directed by Charles Burnett, which was the recipient of a Special Citation Award from the National Society of Film Critics and which The New Yorker named the best American movie of the year. Manson was co-creator and executive producer of the FOX series Against the Law and made his directorial debut with Those Secrets, which he also executive-produced. He collaborated with his father, film composer Eddy Manson, on the Christopher Award-winning Eye on the Sparrow and Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story.

In features, he executive-produced Birdy, starring Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage, which garnered the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He then produced Bring on the Night, directed by Michael Apted, starring Sting, which claimed a Grammy Award® for best long form video. His other credits include The Cemetery Club, starring Ellen Burstyn and Danny Aiello, and the Drew Barrymore-Chris O’Donnell film Mad Love.

Manson has executive-produced several films with his wife, writer-producer Arla Sorkin Manson, including the highly rated telefilm The Wedding Dress. He also executive-produced two films, Thicker Than Blood, based on Bill Cain’s award-winning play, Stand-Up Tragedy and Manson’s WGA Award-nominated adaptation of Baby, which starred Farrah Fawcett and Keith Carradine. On the pilot front, Manson wrote Uncivil Wars.

More recently, Manson has served as a consulting producer on the provocative cable series Big Love; executive-produced and written several episodes of Thief starring Andre Braugher; and created and executive-produced the series Saved.

Producer Filmography Edit

  • New Amsterdam (2008) TV Series
  • Saved (2006) TV Series
  • Thief (2006) TV Series
  • Big Love (2006) TV Series
  • John Doe (2003) TV Series
  • The Wedding Dress (2001) TV
  • Baby (2000) TV
  • Thicker Than Blood (1998) TV
  • Mind Games (1998) TV
  • Nothing Sacred (1997) TV series
  • Nightjohn (1996) TV
  • Mad Love (1995)
  • Original Sins (1995) TV
  • The Cemetery Club (1993)
  • Those Secrets (1992) TV
  • Against the Law (1990) TV series
  • Rising Son (1990) TV
  • CBS Summer Playhouse (1989) TV Series
  • Gang of Four (1989) TV
  • Eye on the Sparrow (1987) TV
  • The King of Love (1987) TV
  • Bring on the Night (1985)
  • Birdy (1984)
  • Best Kept Secrets (1984) TV
  • Sessions (1983) (TV) producer
  • A Rumor of War (1980) TV
  • The Word (1978) TV mini-series
  • Night Cries (1978) TV
  • A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (1978) TV
  • The Spell (1977) TV
  • Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style (1976) TV

Writer Filmography Edit

  • New Amsterdam (2008) TV Series
    • Love Hurts (2008) TV episode (story) (teleplay)
    • Honor (2008) TV episode (written by)
    • Golden Boy (2008) TV episode (written by)
  • Saved (2006) TV Series
    • Crossroads (2006) TV episode (creator)
    • Tango (2006) TV episode (creator)
    • Code Zero (2006) TV episode (creator)
    • A Shock to the System (2006) TV episode (creator)
    • Triage (2006) TV episode (creator) (writer)
  • Thief (2 episodes, 2006)
    • Flight (2006) TV episode (writer)
    • Everything That Rises Must Converge (2006) TV episode (writer)
  • Big Love (1 episode, 2006)
    • Eclipse (2006) TV episode (story) (teleplay)
  • John Doe (1 episode, 2003)
    • Shock to the System (2003) TV episode (written by)
  • Baby (2000) (TV) (teleplay)
  • Nothing Sacred (1997) TV series (unknown episodes)
  • Against the Law (7 episodes, 1990-1991)

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John David Coles Lasse Hallström Allan Loeb David Manson Christian Taylor

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