David Heyman in Montana, United States on 13 July 2009
|Born||David Jonathan Heyman
26 July 1961
|Spouse(s)||Rose Batstone (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.
Life and career
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. His paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants and his mother's family was English. He went to school in the United States, earning a degree in Art History from Harvard University 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 80's, 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 decided that he would focus on film adaptations of books. He founded his own production company, Heyday Films, and since then produced a number of notable films, including the popular Harry Potter film adaptations, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. Heyman makes a cameo appearance as a wizard featured in a magical moving portrait on the DVD of the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
In 2005, Heyman was the executive producer of the CBS television series Threshold, while notable recent productions include the 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend with Will Smith, holocaust drama The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas starring David Thewlis and Yes Man starring Jim Carrey. He has also produced the John Crowley movie Is Anybody There?, starring Michael Caine.
After the Harry Potter films, Heyman is attached to film adaptations of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Steve Kloves, and Paddington Bear. He is also developing projects with Potter directors Alfonso Cuarón and David Yates. He produced Cuarón's science-fiction film Gravity. Heyman will be producing Fables, based on the comic book series.
Heyman is set to produce the fantasy film franchise Queen of the Tearling, he is teaming-up with Emma Watson to star lead in the film as Kelsea Glynn. The film is an adaptation of an upcoming 2014 book of same name written by Erika Johansen. Warner Bros. had already acquired the film rights and will distribute the film.
Heyman is married to interior designer Rose (Batstone) Uniacke, and they have one son.
Heyman has won many awards for his film productions, mostly for the Harry Potter series. In 2011, Heyman received the award of Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema for the Harry Potter series at the BAFTA's British Academy Film Awards. Other awards include:
- Won CineEurope Producer of the Decade in 2011.
- Won CinemaCon Hall Of Fame in 2011 for Harry Potter series.
- Won ShoWest's Producer of the Year in 2003; becoming the first British producer to earn the accolade.
- MacNab, Geoffrey (2011-07-02). "David Heyman: Man behind the magic". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
- Heyman talks Yates and Cuaron
- DC Comic 'Fables' Targeted for Film Adaptation With 'Royal Affair' Director (Exclusive)
- "Emma Watson & 'The Queen of the Tearling': Actress Reunites With David Heyman". huffingtonpost.com. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Emma Watson and David Heyman team up for ‘Queen of the Tearling’". bibliofiend.com. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- David Heyman at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with David Heyman about The Boy In The Striped Pajamas and Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince
- Boy in the Striped Pajamas Interview & Biographies
- Film Journal International: David Heyman Interview
- Daily Mail Rose Uniacke Interview
- Interview with David Heyman about the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and his projects after the Harry Potter films end (Direct audio link to the interview)