Title: Film, Television and Broadway Producer, Talent Manager, Book Packager, Lawyer, Author, and Motivational Speaker
Location: Beverly Hills, California, United States
Larry Thompson, founder and president of Larry Thompson Entertainment, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executive for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1966 and a Juris Doctor in 1968, both from the University of Mississippi. His bar admissions include eligibility to practice in Mississippi since 1968 and in California since 1970, also serving as a judge advocate for the general corps of the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1972. In addition to owning and operating Larry Thompson Entertainment, Inc., since 1990, Mr. Thompson has been the owner and president of the Larry A. Thompson Organization, Inc., since 1977. He has also been the co-owner of both New World Pictures from 1983 to 1985 and of Bernstein Thompson Entertainment Complex from 1980 to 1983. Mr. Thompson’s law involvement has included serving as a senior partner in the entertainment law firm of Thompson, Shankman, Bond and Moss in Beverly Hills, CA from 1971 to 1977, a senior partner in the talent management company Entertainment Artists Representatives from 1971 to 1977 and in-house counsel for Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, from 1969 to 1971.
Mr. Thompson’s other endeavors include serving as the founder of Project Rise and Shine since 2004. He has lectured on the entertainment business, speaking to students at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, Southwestern University Law School and the Learning Annex. He has been a talent manager for more than 200 celebrities including, but not limited to, Drew Barrymore, Mariska Hargitay, Jason Bateman, Cindy Crawford, Joan Rivers and Barry White. He is currently the talent manager for artists including William Shatner (since 1980), David Hasselhoff, Cicely Tyson and Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici. His creative works include, but are not limited to, producing the movies made for television “Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story,” “Little White Lies,” “Amish Grace,” “And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story” and “Liz & Dick.” He has produced the films “My Demon Lover,” “Quiet Cool,” “Fraternity Vacation” and “Crimes of Passion” and the one-man Broadway show, “Shatner’s World… We Just Live in It.” Mr. Thompson has written How to Make a Record Deal and Have Your Songs Recorded, Prime Time Crime, and SHINE: A Powerful 4-Step for Becoming a Star in Anything You Do.
Mr. Thompson has received numerous awards for his achievements, including being knighted into The Ordine Di San Martino Del Monte Delle Beatitudini by Prince Lorenzo De’ Medici in Rome, Italy, in 2017 and being inducted to the National Conference of Personal Managers Hall of Fame in 2016. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Talent Management Heller Award in 2013, the Vision Award in 1993 and the Show Business Attorney of the Year Award from Capitol Records in 1971. He has been named Showman of the Year by the United States TV Fan Association in 1998 and is the recipient of two Accolade Awards, two Imagen Awards, the Epiphany Prize, the Wilbur Award, and the Christopher Award. His productions have been nominated for 10 Emmys, six Imagen Awards, two Prism Awards, the Humanitas Prize and a Golden Globe Award. Mr. Thompson holds membership with multiple organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Inter-American Bar Association and the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels the American Film Institute, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Mr. Thompson is an advisory board member of both the Delta Blues Museum and the Good News Communications, and serves as the advisory board chairman of Paulist Productions. He is a founding member of the Enthusiast of the Museum of The Bible in Washington, D.C., and a charter member of the United States Capitol Historical Society.
Mr. Thompson considers success to be achieving one’s goals and attributes his success to a lot of his early clients who influenced him greatly and his mentors, one of whom was Sam Weisbord, Chairman of the Board of the William Morris Agency. Mr. Thompson’s mother influenced him to enter his profession, encouraging him to move to Hollywood, CA, in order to meet celebrities and become one himself. In recognition of his accomplishments, Mr. Thompson has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.
Thompson, his wife, Kelly, their daughter, Taylor, and son, Trevor, live in Beverly Hills, California.
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