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David Heyman

Having spent many years working in the States, it was in 1997 that David Heyman returned from the U.S. to the UK to set up Heyday Films, with the intention of building on his unique relationships in the U.S. and Europe to produce international films of all sizes.

Following the enormous worldwide success of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Heyday Films has now opened an office in Los Angeles, recently putting out its first film, Taking Lives starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. He will next produce an adaptation of the comic book The Exec, to be directed by Chris Nolan (Memento) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, written and directed by Steve Kloves.

Heyman has also just been honored as ShoWest's 2003 Producer of the Year, becoming the first British producer to have ever been bestowed with this accolade.

Educated in England and the United States, Heyman began his career as a production runner on Milos Forman's Ragtime and David Lean's A Passage to India. Heyman went to Los Angeles in 1986 to become a Creative Executive at Warner Bros. working on such films as Gorillas in the Mist and Goodfellas. He moved on to become a Vice President at United Artists in the late 1980s, before embarking on a career as an independent producer. The first film he produced was Ernest Dickenson's Juice starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. As an independent filmmaker Heyman has produced several films including the low budget classic The Daytrippers, which was directed by Greg Mottola and stars Liev Schreiber, Parker Posey, Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

David Heyman Facts

BirthplaceEngland, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Not available.