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Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner
Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the world’s leading film production companies.
Founded in 1983, Working Title has made nearly 100 films that have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide. Its films have won six Academy Awards (for Tim Robbins’ Dead Man Walking; Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo; Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age; and Joe Wright’s Atonement), 30 BAFTA Awards, and prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals.
Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner have been accorded two of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers; the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the Orange British Academy Film [BAFTA] Awards, and the Alexander Walker Film Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. They have also both been honored with CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire).
Working Title enjoys ongoing and successful creative collaborations with filmmakers the Coen Brothers, Richard Curtis, Stephen Daldry, Paul Greengrass, Edgar Wright, and Joe Wright; and actors Rowan Atkinson, Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, and Emma Thompson, among others.
Its extensive and diverse productions (in addition to those mentioned above) have included Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral; Richard Curtis’ Love Actually; Roger Michell’s Notting Hill; both Bean movies (directed by Mel Smith and Steve Bendelack, respectively); Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz; Paul and Chris Weitz’ About a Boy; Greg Mottola’s Paul; Adam Brooks’ Definitely, Maybe; Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter; both Bridget Jones movies (directed by Sharon Maguire and Beeban Kidron, respectively); Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice; Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale; both Nanny McPhee movies (directed by Kirk Jones and Susanna White, respectively); both Johnny English movies (directed by Peter Howitt and Oliver Parker, respectively); Asif Kapadia’s Senna, the company’s first documentary feature, about legendary race car driver Ayrton Senna; Paul Greengrass’ United 93; and Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon.
The success of the film Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry, has continued on stage with Billy Elliot the Musical, directed by Mr. Daldry with book and lyrics by Lee Hall, and music by Elton John. The winner of 76 theatre awards internationally, the production is currently enjoying highly successful runs in London, Toronto, and on tour across America. It ran for over three years on Broadway, winning 10 Tony Awards in 2009 including Best Musical and Best Director. The show has previously played in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, and Seoul, South Korea. It has been seen by over seven million people worldwide.
Working Title’s 2012/2013 slate includes Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway; Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; John Crowley’s Closed Circuit, starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; Hossein Amini’s Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac; Dan Mazer’s I Give It a Year, starring Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall; the telefilm Mary and Martha, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Richard Curtis, starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn; and Ron Howard’s Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.