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Time Bevan and Eric Fellner
Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is Europe’s leading film production company, making movies that defy boundaries as well as demographics.
Together, Messrs. Bevan and Fellner have made more than 80 films that have grossed over $3.5 billion worldwide. Their films have won 4 Academy Awards (for Tim Robbins’ Dead Man Walking, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, and Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth), 24 BAFTA Awards (including ones for Richard Curtis’ Love Actually and Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral), and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals, among other honors. Earlier this year, United 93, directed by Paul Greengrass, won two BAFTA Awards (including Best Director) and was nominated for two Academy Awards (including Best Director).
Messrs. Bevan and Fellner were recently made CBEs (Commanders of the British Empire). They have also been honored with two of the highest film awards that are accorded British filmmakers; the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the Orange British Academy Film [BAFTA] Awards, and the Alexander Walker Special Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Working Title was founded in 1983. In addition to those films mentioned above, the company’s other worldwide successes include Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral; Richard Curtis’ Love Actually; Roger Michell’s Notting Hill; Mel Smith’s Bean; Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter; Peter Howitt’s Johnny English; Joel and Ethan Coen’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Chris and Paul Weitz’ About a Boy; both Bridget Jones movies (directed by Sharon Maguire and Beeban Kidron, respectively); Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice; Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot; Kirk Jones’ Nanny McPhee; and the first Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg movie, Shaun of the Dead. Working Title has also enjoyed long and successful creative collaborations with writer/director Richard Curtis; actors Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, and Emma Thompson; and the Coen Brothers, among others.
In addition to Hot Fuzz, Working Title’s 2007 slate includes Shekhar Kapur’s The Golden Age, the long-awaited follow-up to the celebrated Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, and Samantha Morton; Steve Bendelack’s Bean II,in which Rowan Atkinson reprises his unforgettable Mr. Bean characterization; Ringan Ledwidge’s Gone, with Amelia Warner, Shaun Evans, and Scott Mechlowicz; Adam Brooks' Definitely, Maybe, starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, and Rachel Weisz; and Joe Wright’s highly anticipated Atonement, adapted from the book by Ian McEwan and starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, and Romola Garai.
Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Lee Hall successfully reunited for a stage musical version of the award-winning film, with newly composed songs by Sir Elton John. The production, marking Working Title’s debut theatrical venture (co-produced with Old Vic Prods.), opened at London’s Victoria Theatre in May 2005 to glowing reviews and continues to play to packed houses. The hit production garnered nine Olivier Award nominations and won for Best New Musical. Preparations are now underway to take Billy Elliot to Sydney, and then in 2008 to New York.