When Duncan Kenworthy took a leave of absence from his duties with Jim Henson Productions to produce a "little" film he couldn't have imagined that the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994) would become the most commercially successful British film of all time and alter the course of his career forever. Beginning at the Children's Television Workshop in the 1970s, he worked on "Sesame Street" and later produced an Arabic version of the popular educational staple for Kuwaiti TV. His first feature credit came as associate producer of Henson and Frank Oz's "The Dark Crystal" (1982), and he served as producer of HBO's "Fraggle Rock" (1983) and segments of "The Storyteller" (NBC, 1987-88; five unaired episodes debuted on HBO in 1997), both products of Henson Associates, as well as for "The Jim Henson Hour" (NBC, 1989).
On the heels of his "Four Weddings and a Funeral" success, Kenworthy co-founded DNA Films with "Trainspotting" (1996) producer Andrew Macdonald. In 1998, DNA Films signed an agreement with the Arts Council of England to run one of the three film franchises funded by Britain's National Lottery. Receiving more than $45 million in lottery funds, the production company embarked on the ambitious task of making 16 films with commercial appeal over the ensuing six years. This attempt to revive Britain's flagging film industry prompted Kenworthy to tell New York's Daily News (July 4, 1999): "We want to make films that aren't consigned to the arthouse." His reteaming with "Four Weddings" screenwriter Richard Curtis produced another big winner, "Notting Hill" (1999), which soared on the wings of star Julia Roberts' popularity. DNA's first efforts, "Strictly Sinatra" and "The Final Curtain" (both 2001) began appearing in the new millennium.
Producer (Feature Film)
Visual Effects (Feature Film)
Producer (TV Mini-Series)
Teamed with Muppets creator Jim Henson as associate producer on the fantasy film "The Dark Crystal"
Produced HBO series "Fraggle Rock", executive produced by Henson
Credited as Creature Shop producer for "Dreamchild"
Served as executive in charge of production for "Hans My Hedgehog", the first segment of an irregular series entitled "The Storyteller" (NBC)
Co-produced "The Jim Henson Hour" (NBC)
Produced the hit comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral", starring Hugh Grant; first collaboration with screenwriter Richard Curtis; received Oscar nomination as Best Picture
Founded Toledo Pictures
Produced NBC's acclaimed, Emmy-winning miniseries "Gulliver's Travels", staring Ted Danson
Produced John Duigan's independent feature "Lawn Dogs"
With producer Andrew Macdonald, founded DNA Films
DNA Films signed an agreement with the Arts Council of England to run one of the three film franchises funded by Britain's National Lottery
Reteamed with Curtis to score another big hit with "Notting Hill", starring Grant and Julia Roberts
Served as executive producer (with Macdonald) of "Strictly Sinatra" and "The Final Curtain"
Produced the comedy "Love Actually," which starred Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson; recevied a golden globe nomination for best comedy picture