LOS ANGELES, CA (November 14, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce that Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, co-chairmen of Working Title Films, will receive the 2013 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. The award recognizes a producer’s, or a producing team’s, outstanding body of work and is the PGA’s highest honor for motion picture producers. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will be presented the award at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
“Tim and Eric’s profound body of work includes many of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed films,” said 2013 PGA Awards Chair Michael DeLuca. “Since the mid-1980s, they have produced more than 100 incredibly diverse feature film and documentary projects including timeless favorites such as SID AND NANCY, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, DEAD MAN WALKING, FARGO, ELIZABETH, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, LOVE ACTUALLY, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, FROST/NIXON, SENNA, and the soon-to-be released ANNA KARENINA and LES MISERABLES. Both as individuals, and as a bona fide producing team, they have made contributions to the art and craft of storytelling, which are the envy of filmmakers the world over. We are so pleased to honor Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the David O. Selznick Award.”
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner stated, “We are delighted and honored to be receiving the David O. Selznick Award. When you look at the past recipients, it is very humbling to be in their company and we are very grateful for the recognition.”
One of the awards season’s marquee events, The Producers Guild Awards celebrates the finest producing work of the year, and gives the PGA an opportunity to honor some of the living legends who have shaped the profession. Past recipients include Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, John Lasseter, Scott Rudin and last year’s recipient Steven Spielberg.
About Working Title Films, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the world’s leading film production companies.
Founded in 1983, Working Title has made nearly 100 films that have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. Its films have won six Academy Awards (for Tim Robbins’ Dead Man Walking; Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo; Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age; and Joe Wright’s Atonement), 30 BAFTA Awards, and prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals.
Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner have been accorded two of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers; the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the Orange British Academy Film [BAFTA] Awards, and the Alexander Walker Film Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. They have also both been honored with CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire).
Working Title enjoys ongoing and successful creative collaborations with filmmakers including the Coen Brothers, Richard Curtis, Stephen Daldry, Paul Greengrass, Edgar Wright, and Joe Wright; and actors Rowan Atkinson, Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Saorise Ronan, Gary Oldman and Emma Thompson, among others.
Its extensive and diverse productions (in addition to those mentioned above) have included Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral; Richard Curtis’ Love Actually; Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot; Roger Michell’s Notting Hill; both Bean movies (directed by Mel Smith and Steve Bendelack, respectively); Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz; Paul and Chris Weitz’ About a Boy; Greg Mottola’s Paul; Adam Brooks’ Definitely, Maybe; Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter; both Bridget Jones movies (directed by Sharon Maguire and Beeban Kidron, respectively); Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice and Atonement; Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale; both Nanny McPhee movies (directed by Kirk Jones and Susanna White, respectively); both Johnny English movies (directed by Peter Howitt and Oliver Parker, respectively); Asif Kapadia’s Senna, the company’s first documentary feature, about legendary race car driver Ayrton Senna; Paul Greengrass’ United 93; and Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon.
The success of the film Billy Elliot, directed by Daldry, has continued on stage with Billy Elliot the Musical, directed by Mr. Daldry with book and lyrics by Lee Hall, and music by Elton John. The winner of 76 theatre awards internationally, the production is currently enjoying highly successful runs in London, Toronto, and on tour across America. It ran for over three years on Broadway, winning 10 Tony Awards in 2009 including Best Musical and Best Director. The show has previously played in London, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, and Seoul, South Korea. It has been seen by over seven million people worldwide.
Working Title’s 2012/2013 slate includes Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway; About Time, directed by Richard Curtis starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson; Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; John Crowley’s Closed Circuit, starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; Hossein Amini’s Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac; Dan Mazer’s I Give It a Year, starring Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall; the telefilm Mary and Martha, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Richard Curtis, starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn; and Ron Howard’s Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.