Liza Chasin, the longtime president of Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner’s Working Title Films who joined the company 26 years ago, will leave at year’s end to transition into producing. The move has just been announced internally at Working Title (see the memo below).
This comes at a time when the Universal-based production company has come through a prolific period that included the Edgar Wright-directed summer sleeper hit Baby Driver, the Stephen Frears-directed Victoria & Abdul that is rolling out in platform release, and the Joe Wright-directed Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman starring as Winston Churchill. That film opens November 22. Both Victoria & Abdul and Darkest Hour are expected to factor in the awards race that is just heating up.
The company on October 20 releases The Snowman, the Tomas Alfredson-directed adaptation of the Jo Nesbo novel, with Michael Fassbender playing Norwegian detective Harry Hole as he hunts a serial killer. Working Title just wrapped the drama Entebbe, the drama directed by Narcos’ Jose Padilha about the daring rescue of passengers of a plane hijacked to Idi Amin’s Uganda in 1976 by an Israeli rescue team.
Chasin joined Working Title in 1991 and by 1996 became president, operating out of Los Angeles. She has been exec producer on Working Title films ranging from Love Actually to Atonement, Frost/Nixon, United 93, the Bridget Jones films, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Les Miserables and The Danish Girl.
Here’s the memo from Bevan and Fellner to staff:
It is with mixed emotions that we share some news with you about the Working Title Los Angeles office. After more than 25 years of incredible collaboration, Liza Chasin has decided to leave the company at the end of the year.
Since 1991, Liza has been an integral part of our organization. Her talent relationships and creative contribution to our business have been immeasurable. She has shepherded countless films and, more recently, TV productions to life, garnering huge success and multiple awards. We are very sad to see her leave but feel fortunate that Liza will continue with us as a producer on many of the projects we have been developing together.
Liza wanted to share a note with you. “Working Title has been my second family for more than 25 years, and Tim and Eric have provided me with an incredible opportunity to be a part of building an exceptional brand with them. For that I am massively grateful. Now, I am very excited for my next chapter, where I will continue to create original content with great talent.”
On behalf of the entire organization, we would like to thank Liza for her countless contributions to our company. She has been a tremendous asset and a partner in the truest sense of the word.
We remain committed to continuing a strong and robust presence in the US and look forward to more growth on both the film and television side as we go forward.
Please join us in congratulating Liza and wishing her well in the future.
Eric and Tim