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Also Known As: Died: February 13, 2010
Born: December 2, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: executive

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In a career spanning four decades, London-born Gareth Wigan rose from talent agent to independent producer to studio executive. After graduating from Oxford, he joined the British office of MCA as an agent. Within a few years, Wigan had partnered with Richard Gregson, forming their own talent agency. By 1970, he moved to producing. Relocating to L.A., Wigan joined Twentieth Century Fox as vice president of creative affairs, teaming with Alan Ladd Jr and Jay Kanter. The studio enjoyed one of its best years in 1977 with the release of such box-office successes as "Star Wars", "The Turning Point" and "Julia". Under his aegis, Fox also produced Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979).In 1979, Ladd, Kanter and Wigan formed The Ladd Company, a subsidiary of Warner Communications, Inc. The company had a success d'estime with Philip Kaufman's Oscar-nominated "The Right Stuff" (1980) and the crowd-pleasing "Police Academy" (1984). After another brief stint as a producer (in partnership with Paula Weinstein) which yielded the Kevin Costner vehicle "American Flyers" (1985), Wigan joined Columbia Pictures as a production consultant. In January 1997, he was named as co-vice chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture...

In a career spanning four decades, London-born Gareth Wigan rose from talent agent to independent producer to studio executive. After graduating from Oxford, he joined the British office of MCA as an agent. Within a few years, Wigan had partnered with Richard Gregson, forming their own talent agency. By 1970, he moved to producing. Relocating to L.A., Wigan joined Twentieth Century Fox as vice president of creative affairs, teaming with Alan Ladd Jr and Jay Kanter. The studio enjoyed one of its best years in 1977 with the release of such box-office successes as "Star Wars", "The Turning Point" and "Julia". Under his aegis, Fox also produced Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979).

In 1979, Ladd, Kanter and Wigan formed The Ladd Company, a subsidiary of Warner Communications, Inc. The company had a success d'estime with Philip Kaufman's Oscar-nominated "The Right Stuff" (1980) and the crowd-pleasing "Police Academy" (1984). After another brief stint as a producer (in partnership with Paula Weinstein) which yielded the Kevin Costner vehicle "American Flyers" (1985), Wigan joined Columbia Pictures as a production consultant. In January 1997, he was named as co-vice chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, sharing responsibility with Lucy Fisher.

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1957:
Joined MCA in London as an agent
1960:
Worked at John Redway & Associates
1961:
With Richard Gregson, formed the talent agency Gregson & Wigan Ltd
1968:
Co-founded London International
1970:
Became an independent film producer
1971:
First feature credit as producer, "Unman Wittering & Zigo"
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Moved to L.A.
1975:
Joined 20th Century Fox as vice president of creative affairs; worked with Alan Ladd Jr and Jay Kanter
1976:
Promoted to vice president of production at Fox
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Oversaw production of such hit films as "Star Wars", "Julia" and "The Turning Point" (all 1977)
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Entered into partnership with Ladd and Kanter to form The Ladd Company, a subsidiary of Warner Communications
1983:
With Paula Weinstein, formed W.W. Productions; produced "American Flyers" (1985)
1987:
Joined Columbia Pictures as a production consultant
1993:
Promoted to executive vice president of Columbia Pictures
1997:
Named co-vice chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment in January; shared responsibilities with Lucy Fisher
1998:
In March, named as co-vice chair of the merged Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Groupn
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Education

University of Oxford: Oxford , England -

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wife:
Georgia Brown. Singer, actor.
wife:
Pat Newcombe.

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son:
Jonathan Wigan. Mother, Georgia Brown.

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