Robert C. Thompson began his career in the mail room at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, after completing his MFA in Theater/Directing at UCLA. After one year, Bob had moved into the talent department, casting extras for all of the studio’s television and motion pictures. It wasn’t long before he was casting principals and signing contract players for the studio. In the evenings, Bob would attend local theatre and submit his “discoveries” to the talent executives at the studio. His ability to recognize new talent paid off when he was offered the position of Head of Talent, a position he held for the next three years.
Bob was recruited as Executive in Charge of Talent for CBS’s theatrical film division, CINEMA CENTER FILMS. Over the next three years, he scouted talent around the country and supervised the casting of all of the unit’s feature films.
Partnering with co-worker Rodrick Paul in 1970, Bob co-produced his first independent film venture COMING OF AGE. The half hour film won the Gold Medal for Best Short Subject at the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
Two years later, Thompson and Paul were producing their first feature length motion picture THE PAPER CHASE for 20th Century-Fox. The critically acclaimed film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won for Best Supporting Actor.
Under the banner THOMPSON-PAUL PRODUCTIONS, INC. the partners produced a number of films for television and an Emmy nominated series for CBS based on THE PAPER CHASE.
In the late 1970’s, Bob donned the “director’s cap” and has, over the years, added a long list of motion pictures for television and episodic credits to his DGA resume.
In 1976, capitalizing on his years of experience in the talent area, Bob, again partnering with Rod Paul, formed GROUP III MANAGEMENT, INC. For 30 years now, Thompson and Paul have been working with actors and actresses with a focus on career building. They have played an important role in establishing and furthering the careers of many high profile actors and actresses.
Rodrick Paul began making movies while still in high school. At 16, one of his Super 8mm films won Best Picture at the Eastman Kodak Teenage Movie Awards in New York. At 18, he co-produced (with partner Robert C. Thompson) and directed his first film in 35mm – a half hour short entitled COMING OF AGE, which won the Gold Medal for Best Short Subject at the New York International Film Festival.
At 21, Rod (again with Robert C. Thompson) produced his first feature length motion picture, THE PAPER CHASE (nominated for 3 Academy Awards, won 1) for 20th Century-Fox, making him the youngest person ever to produce a major motion picture for a major studio. Together, Thompson and Paul have produced a number of films for television and an Emmy nominated series based on THE PAPER CHASE for CBS.
Rod also served short stints at the WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY and at CINEMA CENTER FILMS (CBS’s feature film division) as Executive Assistant to the Vice President in Charge of Production.
Rod has long had an eye for discovering and developing new talent. His first major “discovery” was John Houseman, who Rod met during a visit to The Julliard School of Drama in New York while casting for THE PAPER CHASE. John was 73 years old at the time and had never before acted. Casting him as “Professor Kingsfield”, John won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1976, again partnering with Thompson, GROUP III MANAGEMENT, INC. was formed. For 30 years now, Thompson and Paul have been working with actors and actresses with a focus on career building. They have played an important role in establishing and furthering the careers of many recognizable actors, actresses and musical artists.
Most recently, Thompson and Paul lent their talents as Executive Producers on the television pilot BEAUREGARD with their client Lucas Grabeel (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL) directing.
Rod enjoys woodworking and working on his home in Sherman Oaks, California.
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GROUP III MANAGEMENT, INC.
THEATRICAL and MUSIC MANAGEMENT since 1976