“Madison in the Movies”: A Talk by Screenwriter James Hirsch ’69

“Madison in the Movies”: A Talk by Screenwriter James Hirsch ’69

October 29 - 3:00PM - 6:00PM
The home of Warren MD’72 and Linda ’72, MS’74 Procci, Pasadena, CA
Cost: $20

Join fellow Los Angeles Badgers for a talk by one of Hollywood’s most successful writer-producers, James Hirsch ’69. This Badger alumnus and local resident has created more than 40 television movies and series, including Nash Bridges and Hart to Hart. During the past 14 years, he has served as a UW–Madison adjunct professor of film, teaching a master class in screenwriting. You have a rare opportunity to meet one of the industry’s greats and socialize with fellow Badgers.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The cost is $20 per person.

Please register by October 23.

About James Hirsch ’69

James Hirsch is one of Hollywood’s most successful writer-producers. While he was an undergraduate at UW–Madison, he studied creative writing with Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer. Hirsch sold his first script, No Place to Run, to ABC as a Movie of the Week when he was 22. By 29, he was producing the NBC TV series Kingston Confidential, featuring Raymond Burr.

In 1988, Hirsch cofounded Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment with legendary producer Robert Papazian. Since then, Hirsch has been an executive producer, producer, or writer of more than 40 television movies, series, and miniseries, including The Rape of Richard Beck (ABC), for which he was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award and for which Richard Crenna won an Emmy.

Papazian-Hirsch also produced CBS’s long-running, hit dramatic series Nash Bridges, starring Don Johnson; the top-rated, four-hour miniseries The Invaders, starring Scott Bakula; and five Hart to Hart television movies starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Papazian and Hirsch and were also the co-producers on the hit HBO series Rome.

Papazian and Hirsch have earned numerous awards. In 2005, the duo received the coveted ARPA International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. And in December of this year, Hirsch received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caucus of Producers, Writers, and Directors. Currently, Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment is preparing a new feature film, Storms, which tells the true, little-known story of the engineers behind humankind’s greatest achievement.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Wendorf ’82.

This event is presented by L.A. Badger Women, a committee of the WAA: Los Angeles Chapter.

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