David Heyman

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Not to be confused with the Scottish actor and director David Hayman.
David Heyman
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David Heyman in Montana, United States on 13 July 2009
Born David Jonathan Heyman
(1961-07-26) 26 July 1961 (age 52)
London, England, U.K
Alma mater Westminster School
Harvard University
Occupation Film producer
Spouse(s) Rose (Batstone) Uniacke (1 child)

David Jonathan Heyman (born 26 July 1961) is an English film producer and the founder of Heyday Films. In 1999, Heyman secured the film rights to the Harry Potter film series and went on to produce all eight installments, becoming the most important member of the crew to be involved in all the films. In 2013, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture as the producer of Gravity, his second collaboration with director Alfonso Cuarón after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Life and career[edit]

Heyman was born in London, England. He is the son of John Heyman, producer of films such as The Go-Between and Jesus, and Norma Heyman (née Parnell), an actress and Oscar-nominated producer of Dangerous Liaisons and Mrs Henderson Presents.[1][2][3] His paternal grandparents were German Jews who left Nazi Germany and emigrated to England prior to WWII, while his mother's family was English.[4] He went to Westminster School, London, and following graduation he decided to study abroad, earning a degree in Art History from Harvard University in the U.S. in 1983.

He got his start in the film industry as a production assistant on David Lean's A Passage to India, and in 1986, Heyman became a creative executive at Warner Brothers. In the late '80s, he became vice president of United Artists and subsequently embarked on an independent producing career with his first film, Juice, in 1992, followed by the cult "stoner" film The Stoned Age (1994) and others.

In 1997, Heyman returned to London and founded his own production company, Heyday Films. He has since produced a number of films including the popular Harry Potter film adaptations, beginning with 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and ending with 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Other notable productions during this time include the 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend and the 2008 films The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Is Anybody There?, and Yes Man.

After finishing work on the Harry Potter films, Heyman reunited with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón to produce the 2013 space thriller Gravity starring Sandra Bullock. The film grossed more than US$700 million worldwide and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture. He also produced the 2013 comedy We're the Millers and the upcoming 2014 family film Paddington.

In 2013, it was announced that Heyman will produce the upcoming Warner Bros. film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be released on November 18, 2016.[5][6] He is also set to produce Fables, based on the comic book series.[7] He was announced as the director of the fantasy film Queen of the Tearling, starring Emma Watson and based on the book written by Erika Johansen.[8] Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights and will distribute the film.[9]

Heyman is also currently developing projects with Potter director David Yates [10] and has long been developing a film adaptation of Mark Haddon's 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves.

Personal life[edit]

Heyman lives in Pimlico in central London, and is married to interior designer Rose (Batstone) Uniacke. They have one son.[11][12]

Awards[edit]

Year Title Award Category Result Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone BAFTA Award Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Nominated Shared with Chris Columbus
Producers Guild of America Award Best Theatrical Motion Picture Nominated N/A
2002 BAFTA Children's Award Best Feature Film Nominated Shared with Chris Columbus and Steve Kloves
2003 Harry Potter ShoWest Convention, USA Producer of the Year Won First British producer to earn the accolade
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets BAFTA Children's Award Best Feature Film Nominated Shared with Chris Columbus and Steve Kloves
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban BAFTA Award Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Nominated Shared with Alfonso Cuarón, Chris Columbus, and Mark Radcliffe
BAFTA Children's Award Best Feature Film Won
2006 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated Shared with Mike Newell and Steve Kloves
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated Shared with David Yates, David Barron, and Michael Goldenberg
2010 Harry Potter BAFTA Award Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award Won Accepted by Heyman, J.K. Rowling, David Barron, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson
2011 Art Directors Guild Award Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award Won Shared with J.K. Rowling, David Barron, Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates, Steve Kloves, Michael Goldenberg, Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan, and Neil Lamont
CineEurope Producer of the Decade Won N/A
ShoWest Convention, USA Hall of Fame Award Won N/A
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 BAFTA Children's Award Best Feature Film Nominated Shared with David Yates, David Barron, J.K. Rowling, and Steve Kloves
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Won
Page Eight BAFTA Television Award Best Single Drama Nominated Shared with David Hare, Bill Nighy, and David Barron
2013 Gravity Academy Award Best Picture Nominated Shared with Alfonso Cuarón
AACTA International Award Best Film - International Won
BAFTA Award Best Film Nominated
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Won Shared with Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón
Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated Shared with Alfonso Cuarón
Producers Guild of America Award Best Theatrical Motion Picture Won (tied with 12 Years a Slave) Shared with Alfonso Cuarón. First tie for Best Picture in PGA history.

Filmography[edit]

Motion Picture Year Role
Juice 1992 producer
Blind Justice 1994 TV producer
The Stöned Age 1994 producer
Ravenous 1999 producer
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001 producer
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 producer
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 producer
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 producer
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 producer
I Am Legend 2007 producer
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 2008 producer
Is Anybody There? 2008 producer
Yes Man 2008 producer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 producer
The Nephilim 2010 post-production executive producer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 2010 producer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 2011 producer
We're the Millers 2013 producer
Gravity 2013 producer
The Thirteenth Tale 2013 producer
Paddington Bear 2014 producer
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 producer
Testament of Youth TBA producer
The History of Love TBA producer
Fables TBA producer
Queen of the Tearling TBA producer
The Light Between Oceans TBA producer

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