Eric Fellner

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Eric Fellner

Born (1959-10-10) 10 October 1959 (age 61)
NationalityEnglish
EducationCranleigh School, Surrey
Alma materGuildhall School of Music and Drama, London
OccupationFilm producer
Partner(s)Laura Bailey
Children5

Eric Fellner, CBE (born 10 October 1959)[1] is an English film producer. He is the co-chairman (along with Tim Bevan) of the production company Working Title Films.

Early life and education[edit]

Fellner was born to a Jewish family in England.[2] From 1972 to 1977, he was educated at Cranleigh School, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational), in Surrey in South East England, followed by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Life and career[edit]

Among Fellner's more than 60 films as producer or executive producer are Moonlight and Valentino, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dead Man Walking, Fargo, Notting Hill, Billy Elliot, United 93, Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Frost/Nixon and Senna.

Working Title Films signed a deal with Universal Studios in 1999 for a reported US$600 million, which gave Bevan and Fellner the power to commission projects with a budget of up to $35 million without having to consult their paymasters. It is now Britain's largest production company with offices in London and Los Angeles. Successes include Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) which has grossed over US$250 million worldwide. Dead Man Walking and Fargo won Oscars in 1996 and 1997 respectively, while Elizabeth (1998), Atonement (2007) and Frost/Nixon were all nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.

Recognition[edit]

  • He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the British film industry.
  • In 2013, he and Bevan received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America.[3]
  • 2018: Cinematic Production Award of the Royal Photographic Society

Personal life[edit]

Fellner is a good friend of Hugh Grant, who is the star of some of Working Title's biggest box office hits.[4] Fellner and his long-time partner, model Laura Bailey, have two children together and live in London.[5]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 10 October 2014. p. 41.
  2. ^ "Jews in the News: Oscar Time!". Tampa Jewish Federation. February 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  3. ^ King, Susan (November 14, 2012). "Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner to receive Producers Guild honor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner". Bloomberg Businessweek. June 10, 2001. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  5. ^ Chris Hastings and Jasper Copping (1 July 2001). "Model makes up with Oxford don father". Telegraph.co.uk.

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