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David Jonathan Heyman (born 26 July 1961) is an English film producer and the founder of Heyday Films. In 1999, he secured the film rights to the Harry Potter film series and went on to produce all eight instalments, becoming one of the most central crew members over the course of the eight films. In 2013, as the producer of Gravity, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film, his second collaboration with director Alfonso Cuarón after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

David Heyman
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Heyman in July 2009
Born
David Jonathan Heyman

(1961-07-26) 26 July 1961 (age 58)
London, England
ResidencePimlico, London, England
EducationWestminster School
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationProducer
Spouse(s)Rose Uniacke
Children1
Parent(s)John Heyman
Norma Heyman

Early lifeEdit

Heyman was born in London. He is the son of John Heyman, producer of the films The Go-Between and Jesus, and Norma Heyman (née Parnell), an actress, and Academy Award-nominated producer of the films 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 World War II, while his mother's family was English.[4][5][6][7] At age seven, he was a page boy in the wedding of his godmother, Diana Dors, to actor Alan Lake.[8] Heyman went to Westminster School and, following graduation, he decided to study abroad. He earned a degree in Art History from Harvard University in 1983.

CareerEdit

Heyman started 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 science fiction thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film grossed more than US$700 million worldwide and was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, winning seven including Best Director for Cuarón. He also produced the 2013 comedy We're the Millers and the 2014 family film Paddington, for which he was nominated for the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.

Heyman produced the Warner Bros. film adaptation of J. K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was released in November 2016, as well as its 2018 sequel.[9][10] He is also set to produce Fables, based on the comic book series.[11] He was announced as the producer of the fantasy film The Queen of the Tearling, starring Emma Watson and based on the novel written by Erika Johansen.[12] Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights and will distribute the film.[13]

Heyman is also currently developing projects with Potter director David Yates[14] 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.

It was announced in 2016 that Heyman is partnering with China's Alibaba to produce a movie about Warrior Cats, feral cats who have a complex social hierarchy and take residence in a forest, originally written by Erin Hunter. The release date for the film is yet to be announced, though it is hinted on the back of an Italian version of Starlight, a book in the second series of Warriors, that it could be released in 2018. This is very doubtful though, due to the fact that there are no trailers, or a cast that has been announced.

Personal lifeEdit

Heyman lives in Pimlico, London, and is married to interior designer Rose (Batstone) Uniacke. They have one son.[15][16][17]

FilmographyEdit

Title Year Director Notes
Juice 1992 Ernest Dickerson
The Stoned Age 1994 James Melkonian
Blind Justice Richard Spence Television film
The Daytrippers 1996 Greg Mottola Executive producer
Ravenous 1999 Antonia Bird
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001 Chris Columbus
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002
Taking Lives 2004 D. J. Caruso Executive producer
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alfonso Cuarón
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Mike Newell
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 David Yates
I Am Legend Francis Lawrence
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 2008 Mark Herman
Is Anybody There? John Crowley
Yes Man Peyton Reed
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 David Yates
Awkward Situations for Men 2010 Andy Ackerman Television film

Executive producer

The Nephilim Will Moore Post-production executive producer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 David Yates
Page Eight 2011 David Hare Television film
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 David Yates
We're the Millers 2013 Rawson Marshall Thurber Executive producer
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón
The Thirteenth Tale James Kent Television film
Turks & Caicos 2014 David Hare Television film

Executive producer

Salting the Battlefield
Testament of Youth James Kent
Paddington Paul King
The Light Between Oceans 2016 Derek Cianfrance
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them David Yates
Paddington 2[18][19] 2017 Paul King
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 2018 David Yates
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 2019 Quentin Tarantino
Marriage Story Noah Baumbach
The Secret Garden 2020 Marc Munden
The History of Love TBA
The Queen of the Tearling
ACME[20]
Temple Run
Untitled Warriors Film Adaptation[21]
Attack on Titan[22] Andy Muschietti
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Steve Kloves

AwardsEdit

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.
2014 Paddington BAFTA Award Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Nominated Shared with Paul King
Empire Award Best British Film Nominated
Best Comedy Won
Saturn Award Best Fantasy Film Nominated
South Bank Sky Arts Award Best Film Nominated
British Academy Children's Awards Best Feature Film Won
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them BAFTA Award Outstanding British Film Nominated Shared with David Yates, J. K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ MacNab, Geoffrey (2 July 2011). "David Heyman: Man behind the magic". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ "If You Missed the Book, Try the Movies; John Heyman Is Filming the Bible – Vol. 13 No. 10". 10 March 1980.
  3. ^ "Norma Heyman". IMDb.
  4. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (11 September 2008). "Producer David Heyman and the lives of outsiders, from 'Potter' to 'Pajamas'". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  5. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (14 July 2011). ""Harry Potter" Producer David Heyman's Jewish Connection". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  6. ^ Curtis, Nick (10 January 2014). "Pulling power: meet David Heyman, the super-producer behind Gravity". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  7. ^ Dagan, Carmel (9 June 2017). "John Heyman, Distinguished Financier and Producer, Dies at 84". Variety. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Diana Dors Arrives For Her Wedding". Getty Images. 23 November 1968.
  9. ^ "Harry Potter producer talks about upcoming Fantastic Beasts spinoff". Entertainment Weekly. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  10. ^ "New J.K. Rowling Movie Gets Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  11. ^ "DC Comic 'Fables' Targeted for Film Adaptation With 'Royal Affair' Director (Exclusive)".
  12. ^ Boardman, Madeline (13 June 2013). "Emma Watson & 'The Queen of the Tearling': Actress Reunites With David Heyman". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Emma Watson and David Heyman team up for 'Queen of the Tearling'". bibliofiend.com. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Exclusive: HARRY POTTER Producer David Heyman on Future POTTER Movies, Deleted DEATHLY HALLOWS Scenes, Cuaron's GRAVITY". 12 November 2010.
  15. ^ "David Heyman: Man behind the magic". The Independent. Retrieved 16 January 2014
  16. ^ "Grand Simplicity". The New York Times. 15 February 2013.
  17. ^ Withers, Jane (21 February 2017). "Meet the Interior Designer Beloved by the Beckhams and Jo Malone". Vogue.
  18. ^ "PADDINGTON 2: Producer David Heyman Provides an Update on the Sequel". 28 April 2015.
  19. ^ Keslassy, John Hopewell,Elsa (10 May 2016). "Cannes: 'Paddington 2' Sets Production Date".
  20. ^ "That's Not All, Folks – Warner Bros. Is Making A New Looney Tunes Movie". themarysue.com.
  21. ^ "'Harry Potter' Producer David Heyman to Produce Alibaba Pictures' 'Warriors'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  22. ^ "Andy Muschietti to Direct 'Attack on Titan' for Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 2018.

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