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TV Writer/Producer Paul Manning Dies

Jan 6, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Paul Manning, one of the original writers and supervising producers for Warner Bros.’ medical drama “ER,” died at home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Sunday. He was 45. The cause of death was colorectal cancer.

Mr. Manning’s first broadcast television writing job was for 20th Century Fox’s legal drama “L.A. Law.” After working on “ER” for the show’s first three seasons, he developed pilots through an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Mr. Manning wrote the pilot to “ER” creator John Wells’ legal drama “Adversaries” in 1998 for NBC. In 1999 he developed the family drama pilot “Sherman Oaks” for CBS and the dot-com-industry script “South of Market” with Silicon Valley writer Po Bronson for ABC.

After a three-year sabbatical, Mr. Manning returned to TV last summer as an executive consultant to the Spelling Entertainment/Icon Productions series “Clubhouse” for CBS. Just last week he completed a show outline with Imagine Television and CBS for a show about a small-time cop in Hawaii. Sources with Imagine said they hope the project will continue.

Mr. Manning was born in Madison, Wis., and grew up in Maryland. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the American Film Institute, he is survived by his wife, two children, his parents and two brothers. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Paul Manning Memorial Fund at the International Medical Corps, 1919 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 300, Santa Monica, Calif. 90404.