Working Title Films
|Headquarters||London, England, UK|
Number of locations
Los Angeles, California, USA
Working Title Television
Working Title Films is a British film production company, based in London and 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.
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. 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 the Seagram company 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 $US35 million, on a practical basis, Bevan and Fellner consult with studio executives at Working Title's parent company NBCUniversal. Working Title is located in London. The company also has other offices located in Los Angeles and Ireland.
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.
Working Title has been active in television production since the early 1990s. In 2010, Working Title officially launched its TV division as a joint venture with parent company NBCUniversal. Since then, they have produced content for both British and American television. Notable productions and co-productions developed by Working Title Television (WTTV) include NBC's About a Boy, and Showtime's The Tudors. WTTV has offices in London, headed by Juliette Howell, and Los Angeles, headed by Liza Chasin.
1991 ITV franchise bid
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.
|15 November 1985||My Beautiful Laundrette||with Channel Four Films|
|24 July 1987||Wish You Were Here||with Channel Four Films|
|30 October 1987||Sammy and Rosie Get Laid||with Channel Four Films|
|13 April 1989||The Tall Guy||with London Weekend Television|
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