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David Heyman

Name: David Jonathan Heyman

Born: 26th July 1961

Occupation: Producer

Years active: 1992 – present

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David Jonathan Heyman (born 26 July 1961) is a British film producer and the founder of Heyday Films. He obtained the film rights to the Harry Potter series in 1999 and has produced all eight installments in the franchise.

 

Life and career

Heyman was born in London, England. He went to school in the United States, earning a degree in Art History from Harvard University in 1983. He is the son of John Heyman, producer of films such as The Go-Between and Jesus, and Norma Heyman, producer of Dangerous Liaisons and Mrs Henderson Presents.

He got his start 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 80′s, 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 decided that he would focus on film adaptations of books. He founded his own production company, Heyday Films, and since then produced a number of notable films, including the popular Harry Potter film adaptations, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Heyman makes a cameo appearance as a wizard featured in a magical moving portrait on the DVD of the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

In 2005, Heyman was the executive producer of the CBS television series Threshold, while notable recent productions include the 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend with Will Smith, holocaust drama The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas starring David Thewlis and Yes Man starring Jim Carrey. He has also produced the John Crowley movie Is Anybody There?, starring Michael Caine.

After the Harry Potter films, Heyman is attached to film adaptations of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Steve Kloves, and Paddington Bear. He is also developing projects with Potter directors Alfonso Cuarón and David Yates. He will produce Cuarón’s science-fiction film Gravity and romance story The History of Love, while Yates’ war drama, St. Nazaire, is also said to be in the works along with other projects.[1]

Heyman is married to interior designer, Rose Uniacke and they have one son.

 

Awards

In 2011, Heyman received the award of Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema for the Harry Potter franchise at the BAFTA’s British Academy Film Awards.

Nominated Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films for the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film in 2011 for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (dir. David Yates, 2010).

Won CineEurope Producer of the Decade in 2011.

Won CinemaCon Hall Of Fame in 2011 for Harry Potter series.

Won BAFTA Children’s Award – Kid’s Vote for Film of the Decade in 2011 for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2004).

Won ITV National Movie Award – Special Recognition in 2010 for Harry Potter series.

Won ITV National Movie Award for Best Family Film in 2010 for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (dir. David Yates, 2009)

Nominated by the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films for the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film in 2010 for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (dir. David Yates, 2009).

Nominated for BAFTA Children’s Award – Kid’s Vote for Best Feature Film in 2009 for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (dir. David Yates, 2009).

Nominated by the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films for the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film in 2008 for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (dir. David Yates, 2007).

Won ITV National Movie Award for Best Family Film in 2007 for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (dir. David Yates, 2007).

Nominated for the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film in 2005 for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2004).

Won BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Feature Film in 2004 for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2004).

Nominated for BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Feature Film in 2004 for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (dir. Chris Columbus, 2002).

Won ShoWest’s Producer of the Year in 2003; becoming the first British producer to earn the accolade.

Nominated for the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film in 2002 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (dir. Chris Columbus, 2001).

Nominated for BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Feature Film in 2002 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (dir. Chris Columbus, 2001).

 

References

  1. Heyman talks Yates and Cuaron

 

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