Working Title Films

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Working Title Films
Type Subsidiary
Industry Film production
Founded 1983
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations Ireland
Los Angeles, U.S.
Key people Tim Bevan
Sarah Radclyffe
Eric Fellner
Liza Chasin
Debra Hayward
Natascha Wharton
Owners Comcast Corporation
Parent Universal Studios
NBCUniversal
Divisions WT2 Productions
Working Title Television
Website Official website

Working Title Films is a British film production company, based in London owned by Universal Studios The company was founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1983. It produces feature films and several television productions. Eric Fellner and Bevan are now the co-chairs of the company.

Company[edit]

Working Title Films was co-founded by producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1983. In 1992, PolyGram became the company's corporate backer. Radclyffe left Working Title, and Eric Fellner, a fellow independent film producer, joined the company.[1] The company produced a variety of films for PolyGram's London-based production company PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. An Anglo-Dutch film studio, PolyGram Films became a major Hollywood competitor. In 1999, PolyGram was sold to Seagram and merged with MCA Music Entertainment, to form Universal Music Group. PolyGram Films was sold and folded into Universal Studios in 1999.

Although contractually allowed to produce any film with a budget of up to $35 million, on a practical basis, Bevan and Fellner consult with studio executives at Working Title's parent company NBCUniversal.[2] Working Title is located in London, and is known for having a limited number of employees. The company also has other offices located in Los Angeles and Ireland.

WT2 Productions[edit]

In 1999, Bevan and Fellner launched a subsidiary company named Working Title 2 Productions, commonly known as WT2. The company is an independent film production arm run by Natascha Wharton, and has produced films that include Billy Elliot, Shaun of the Dead and The Calcium Kid.[1]

TV division[edit]

Working Title Films, the UK film production company behind box office hits including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shaun of the Dead, is to launch a TV division.[3]

Working Title Television is a joint venture with NBCUniversal and will be based in London and Los Angeles. NBCUniversal is Working Title's parent company.

The London office will be overseen by WTTV's head of television (UK) Juliette Howell, who has worked as an executive producer in the BBC drama commissioning group and as drama commissioner and head of development for Film4, where her credits included Slumdog Millionaire and Shameless.

The company released a modernised version of the children's novels, The Borrowers in December 2011 and Abi Morgan's adaptation of Birdsong in January 2012.

1991 ITV franchise bid[edit]

In 1991, Working Title was involved in a bid for the London Weekend ITV licence. Working Title, Mentorn, Palace and PolyGram wanted to take over from London Weekend Television and broadcast to London under the name London Independent Broadcasting. In the event LWT retained its licence; London Independent Broadcasting's proposals were deemed by the Independent Television Commission, which was overseeing the bid process, to fail the quality threshold.[4]

Films[edit]

1980s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
November 15, 1985 My Beautiful Laundrette with Channel Four Films
July 24, 1987 Wish You Were Here with Channel Four Films
October 30, 1987 Sammy and Rosie Get Laid with Channel Four Films
April 13, 1989 The Tall Guy with London Weekend Television

1990s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
July 27, 1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl
April 19, 1991 Drop Dead Fred with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and New Line Cinema
August 21, 1991 Barton Fink with 20th Century Fox
August 7, 1992 London Kills Me
September 4, 1992 Bob Roberts with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Miramax Films and Live Entertainment
April 23, 1993 Map of the Human Heart
May 14, 1993 Posse with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
February 4, 1994 Romeo Is Bleeding with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
March 9, 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Channel Four Films
March 11, 1994 The Hudsucker Proxy with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures
May 3, 1995 Panther with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
May 5, 1995 French Kiss with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and 20th Century Fox
September 29, 1995 Moonlight and Valentino with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
December 29, 1995 Dead Man Walking with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
March 8, 1996 Fargo with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
March 22, 1996 Land and Freedom with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
September 20, 1996 Loch Ness with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
March 7, 1997 The Eighth Day with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
October 3, 1997 The MatchMaker with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
November 7, 1997 Bean with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Tiger Aspect Productions and Gramercy Pictures
February 13, 1998 The Borrowers with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
March 6, 1998 The Big Lebowski with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
November 22, 1998 Elizabeth with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
January 29, 1999 The Hi-Lo Country with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
May 28, 1999 Notting Hill with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures
October 1, 1999 Plunkett & Macleane with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures

2000s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
March 31, 2000 High Fidelity with Touchstone Pictures
October 13, 2000 Billy Elliot with BBC Films, Tiger Aspect Productions and StudioCanal
December 22, 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? with Universal Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and StudioCanal
April 13, 2001 Bridget Jones's Diary with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films
August 17, 2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films
November 2, 2001 The Man Who Wasn't There with USA Films, Gramercy Pictures and Good Machine
March 1, 2002 40 Days and 40 Nights with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films
May 17, 2002 About a Boy with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and TriBeCa Productions
July 18, 2003 Johnny English with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
November 14, 2003 Love Actually with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and DNA Films
March 26, 2004 Ned Kelly with Focus Features
July 30, 2004 Thunderbirds with StudioCanal and Universal Pictures
September 17, 2004 Wimbledon with Universal Pictures
September 24, 2004 Shaun of the Dead with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Rogue Pictures
November 19, 2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films
February 4, 2005 Rory O'Shea Was Here with Focus Features
April 22, 2005 The Interpreter with Universal Pictures
November 23, 2005 Pride & Prejudice with Focus Features
January 27, 2006 Nanny McPhee with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
April 28, 2006 United 93 with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
October 27, 2006 Catch a Fire
January 26, 2007 Smokin' Aces with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
April 20, 2007 Hot Fuzz with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
August 24, 2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Tiger Aspect Productions
October 12, 2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
January 4, 2008 Atonement with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
February 14, 2008 Definitely, Maybe with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
September 12, 2008 Burn After Reading with Focus Features, Relativity Media and StudioCanal
December 5, 2008 Frost/Nixon with Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and StudioCanal
April 17, 2009 State of Play with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
October 2, 2009 A Serious Man with Focus Features, Relativity Media and StudioCanal
November 13, 2009 The Boat That Rocked with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal

2010s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
March 12, 2010 Green Zone with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
August 20, 2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
March 18, 2011 Paul with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
August 12, 2011 Senna with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
October 21, 2011 Johnny English Reborn with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
December 9, 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with StudioCanal
January 13, 2012 Contraband with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
February 3, 2012 Big Miracle with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
November 16, 2012 Anna Karenina with Focus Features
December 25, 2012 Les Misérables with Universal Pictures
February 8, 2013 I Give It a Year with StudioCanal
August 23, 2013 The World's End with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
August 28, 2013 Closed Circuit
September 27, 2013 Rush with Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Exclusive Media, Cross Creek Pictures and Revolution Films
November 8, 2013 About Time with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal

Upcoming[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Higgins, Charlotte (2005-04-16). "Interview: Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, co-chairmen Working Title Films". London: The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Working Title - Skillset". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ http://bestforfilm.com/2010/02/26/bridget-jones-the-tv-show/
  4. ^ Davidson, Andrew, Under the Hammer: The ITV Franchise Battle, William Heinemann Ltd., p. 297

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