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Paul Webster


Paul Webster produced Joe Wright's award-winning Atonement and Pride & Prejudice for Focus Features and Working Title Films.

He is an independent film producer based in London. In 2004, he launched - with partners Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone - the feature film division of Kudos Film & Television Ltd., Britain's premier independent producer of television drama.

Mr. Webster most recently produced David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, also for Focus Features. The award-winning thriller starred Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, and Vincent Cassel, and was the first project for Kudos' new division to reach movie screens. Since its inception in 1992, Kudos has produced such notable projects as the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath, helmed by Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day director Bharat Nalluri, which was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards; the hit caper series Hustle; the BAFTA Award-nominated cop fantasy series Life on Mars; Paul Lynch's International Emmy Award-winning The Magician's House; Grant Gee's Grammy Award-nominated feature documentary on Radiohead, Meeting People is Easy; and the BAFTA Award-winning spy drama series Spooks (titled MI-5 in the U.S.), which gave Matthew Macfadyen his breakout role.

Currently in production, written by Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, is the miniseries Burn Up, directed by Omar Madha and starring Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell. On the feature side, Kudos is in production on the documentary The Crimson Wing, co-directed by Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward, for Walt Disney Pictures.

Mr. Webster was executive producer of Walter Salles' award-winning The Motorcycle Diaries (also a Focus release).

As the creator and head of FilmFour, the feature film arm of the U.K.'s Channel Four, he oversaw a slate of original productions from 1998 through 2002 that included such movies as Gregor Jordan's Buffalo Soldiers; Jez Butterworth's Birthday Girl; Gillian Armstrong's Charlotte Gray; and Jonathan Glazer's Sexy Beast (for which Sir Ben Kingsley received an Academy Award nomination).

Prior to forming FilmFour, Mr. Webster was head of production at Miramax Films for over two years. In that capacity, he supervised such Academy Award-winning films as Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting, and John Madden's Shakespeare in Love.

He had previously worked as a producer, both independently and with Working Title Films, during which time he produced such films as Mel Smith's The Tall Guy; Peter Medak's Romeo is Bleeding; and James Gray's Little Odessa, which won the Silver Lion Award at the 1994 Venice International Film Festival. He subsequently reteamed with the latter filmmaker as producer of The Yards.

Prior to segueing into his producing career, he ran Palace Pictures, the theatrical distribution arm of the U.K. production company Palace. Mr. Webster began working in the film industry in the mid-1970s, clerking at the (Notting Hill) Gate cinema.