Production exec sets up Monumental Pictures

Debra Hayward has stepped down as prexy of U.K. production at Working Title to launch her own shingle, Monumental Pictures.

Her company will have a two-year first-look deal with Working Title.

Hayward will officially step down from the role in September and immediately transition to act as producer on a number of upcoming Working Title pics. She joined Working Title in 1989 as a producer’s assistant before moving on to the development department and eventually graduating to prexy of U.K. production.

In this year alone, Hayward has served as exec producer on Rowan Atkinson starrer “Johnny English Reborn,” helmed by Ol Parker and upcoming adaptation of John Le Carre’s espionage thriller “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” helmed by Tomas Alfredson and toplining Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy.

She also exec produced “Senna,” the docu about the life of Brazilian Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna.

Hayward also has credits on both installments of “Nanny McPhee,” “Green Zone,” “Atonement,” “State of Play,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “United 93″ and “Elizabeth.”

“I am incredibly proud of my time at Working Title,” Hayward said. “I have learnt from two of the best producers in the business. Working with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and the incredibly talented women of Working Title has been a privilege, and I look back with immense pride at the films and filmmakers that I have been fortunate enough to be involved with. I thought long and hard about the decision to strike out on my own and feel the time is right to try something new and to focus on producing my own films and TV projects.”

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