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Working Title Films

Working Title is a British film and television production company owned by Universal Pictures. The company was founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1984. It produces feature films and several television productions. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are now the co chairmen of the company.

Working Title Films Limited
Subsidiary
IndustryFilm production
Founded1984
Founder
Headquarters,
Number of locations
London, Los Angeles
Key people
ParentUniversal Pictures
DivisionsWT2 Productions
Working Title Television
WebsiteOfficial website

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CompanyEdit

Working Title Films was co founded by producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1984. 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 1998, Seagram sold the bulk of its library of PolyGram films released up until March 31, 1996 to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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 Pictures 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 headquartered in London, and has an office in Los Angeles, which is headed by producer Liza Chasin.

WT2 ProductionsEdit

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]

Television divisionEdit

Working Title has been active in television production since the beginning of the 1990s.[3] In February 2010, Working Title officially launched its television division as a joint venture with parent company NBCUniversal, itself owned by Comcast.[4] Since then, they have produced content for both British and American television.[5][6] Notable productions and co productions developed by Working Title Television (WTTV)[7] include NBC's About a Boy, and Showtime's The Tudors.[3]

WTTV has offices in London, headed by Andrew Woodhead, and Los Angeles, headed by Andrew Stearn.[8][9]

1991 ITV franchise bidEdit

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.[10]

FilmsEdit

1980sEdit

Release Date Title Notes
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
19 May 1989 For Queen and Country

1990sEdit

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

2000sEdit

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

2010sEdit

Release Date Title Notes
12 March 2010 Green Zone with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
18 March 2011 Paul with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
12 August 2011 Senna with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
21 October 2011 Johnny English Reborn with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
9 December 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with Focus Features and StudioCanal
13 January 2012 Contraband with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
3 February 2012 Big Miracle with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
16 November 2012 Anna Karenina with Focus Features and StudioCanal
25 December 2012 Les Misérables with Universal Pictures, Relativity Media and Cameron Mackintosh, Ltd.
8 February 2013 I Give It a Year with StudioCanal
19 July 2013 The World's End with Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Relativity Media
28 August 2013 Closed Circuit with Focus Features
4 September 2013 About Time with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
27 September 2013 Rush with Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Exclusive Media, Cross Creek Pictures and Revolution Films
9 October 2014 Trash with StudioCanal, O2 Filmes and PeaPie Films
1 January 2015 Theory of Everything with Focus Features
28 August 2015 We Are Your Friends with Warner Bros., StudioCanal and RatPac Entertainment
9 September 2015 Legend with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Cross Creek Pictures and Anton Capital Entertainment
18 September 2015 Everest with Universal Pictures, Walden Media and Cross Creek Pictures
14 October 2015 The Program with StudioCanal
27 November 2015 The Danish Girl with Pretty Pictures, Revision Pictures, Senator Global Productions, Universal Pictures International and Focus Features
5 February 2016 Hail, Caesar! with Universal Pictures
11 March 2016 Grimsby with Columbia Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Big Talk Productions
16 September 2016 Bridget Jones's Baby[11] with StudioCanal, Miramax and Universal Pictures
28 June 2017 Baby Driver with Big Talk Productions, TriStar Pictures and Media Rights Capital
15 September 2017 Victoria and Abdul with BBC Films, Focus Features and Universal Pictures
13 October 2017 The Snowman with Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures and Another Park Film
12 January 2018 Darkest Hour with Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Perfect World Pictures
11 May 2018 Entebbe with Participant Media
5 October 2018 Johnny English Strikes Again with Studiocanal and Universal Pictures

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Higgins, Charlotte (16 April 2005). "Interview: Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, co-chairmen Working Title Films". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Working Title – Skillset". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b "Working Title Television [gb]". IMDb. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  4. ^ Laughlin, Andrew (17 February 2010). "Working Title launches TV division". Digital Spy. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (16 November 2011). "Working Title Television Sells 6 Projects". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  6. ^ Leo Barraclough. "Working Title Television Produces 'The Secrets' for BBC". Variety.
  7. ^ "About WTTV". workingtitlefilms.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. ^ Prudom, Laura (17 October 2014). "BBC America Co-Producing 'London Spy' Miniseries with Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent". Variety. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Liza Chasin". Variety. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  10. ^ Davidson, Andrew, Under the Hammer: The ITV Franchise Battle, William Heinemann Ltd., p. 297.
  11. ^ Stuart Kemp, Matthew Belloni (3 February 2012). "'Bridget Jones 3' Producer Admits Delay, Vows to Shoot Film in 2012". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (18 April 2018). "Focus Features' 'Mary Queen Of Scots' Scoots To December". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  13. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 26, 2018). "20th Century Fox Shuffles Release Dates For 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Dark Phoenix' & More". Deadline. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Lang, Brent (August 31, 2018). "'Cats' Lands December 2019 Release Date, 'Wicked' Delayed". variety. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  15. ^ Ritman, Alex. "Working Title, Stephen Daldry Reteam for Story of Syrian Refugee-Turned-Olympian". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 July 2018.

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