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Birth Place: New Zealand Profession: producer

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Working Title Films, the production company headed by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, was the driving force behind several successful films of the mid-1990s, including the Oscar-nominated "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994) and "Fargo" (1996). They may have left the ceremony without a statue each time but Working Title became established as the pre-eminent independent company in Britain. Bevan and Fellner have also established ongoing relations with such filmmakers as Hanif Kureishi, Mario Van Peebles, Tim Robbins and the Coen Brothers.

Working Title Films, the production company headed by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, was the driving force behind several successful films of the mid-1990s, including the Oscar-nominated "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994) and "Fargo" (1996). They may have left the ceremony without a statue each time but Working Title became established as the pre-eminent independent company in Britain. Bevan and Fellner have also established ongoing relations with such filmmakers as Hanif Kureishi, Mario Van Peebles, Tim Robbins and the Coen Brothers.

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1.
 Elizabeth (1998) Handsome Man
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Began career with John Cleese's Video Arts
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Formed Aldabra Productions with Sarah Radclyffe
1983:
With Radclyffe, founded Working Title Productions
1984:
Produced first film, "My Beautiful Laundrette"; screenplay by Hanif Kureishi; released theatrically in 1985
1986:
Graham Bradstreet joined Working Title
1987:
Produced the award-winning "A World Apart"
1988:
PolyGram purchased a 49 percent interest in Working Title
1989:
Co-produced the TV miniseries "Echoes" (aired on A&E in the USA)
1990:
Opened American offices of Working Title
1991:
Ended partnership with Radclyffe; joined forces with Eric Fellner
1991:
Produced Kureishi's directorial debut "London Kills Me"
1992:
Initial collaboration with Tim Robbins, "Bob Roberts"
1992:
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment acquires Working Title
1993:
For British TV, served as producer of "The Borrowers"
1993:
First worked with director Mario Van Peebles on "Posse"
1994:
Scored international hit as executive producer of the Oscar-nominated "Four Weddings and a Funeral"
1994:
First collaboration with the Coen brothers "The Hudsucker Proxy"
1995:
Executive produced Mario Van Peebles' "Panther"
1995:
Served as one of the executive producers of Tim Robbins' "Dead Man Walking"
1996:
Reteamed with Ethan and Joel Coen for the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated "Fargo"
1997:
Had worldwide hit with "Bean"; adapted from the TV series "Mr. Bean" starring Rowan Atkinson
1997:
Produced a feature version of "The Borrowers" starring John Goodman
1998:
Established special effects subsidiary Double Negative
1998:
Third teaming with the Coens, "The Big Lebowski" co-starring Goodman and Jeff Bridges
1998:
Executive produced the period drama "Elizabeth"; earned first oscar nomination for Best Picture
1999:
Produced, "Notting Hill," starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts
2001:
Produced the comedy "Bridget Jones Diary" with Renee Zellweger
2002:
Produced the Comedy "About a Boy" starring Hugh Grant
2003:
Executive produced "The Italian Job" and "Thirteen"
2003:
Co-Produced the romantic comedy "Love Actually"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy or Musical Picture
2004:
Produced the sequel "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"
2005:
Produced "Pride & Prejudice" based on the Jane Austen novel
2007:
Again collaborated with Atkinson for "Mr. Bean's Holiday"
2007:
Produced "Atonement" with Keira Knightley; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture
2009:
Produced the Richard Curtis comedy, "Pirate Radio"
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Notes

"The films we made in the 1980s were a great deal of fun to make, and we made some decent pictures, but we never got them properly distributed. There wasn't enough sophistication to even track what was going on. We sold the films around the world, but we wouldn't even know who the distributers were. There were so many middle men between us and them . . . One needed to find a vertically integrated structure whete the people who were paying you were also the distributors of the movie. Like a quasi-studio." --Tim Bevan in THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 16, 1997.

Commenting on criticism over Working Title releases, Bevan told the London TIMES (May 17, 1998): "I slightly resent some of those implications. . . We've given people like [Richard] Curtis, [Hanif] Kureishi, Emily Lloyd, Emma Thompson, Stephen Frears, Daniel Day-Lewis and David Leland their breaks in film. That's the beauty of working with Europeans. They are prepared to take risks that the Americans won't."

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wife:
Joely Richardson. Actor. Married c. 1991; separated in 1997.

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daughter:
Daisy Bevan. Born in March 1992; mother, Joely Richardson.

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