With an impressive list of producer credits to his name, including all eight Harry Potter films, David Heyman, who will be honored by the Producers Guild of America with its David O. Selznick Award for career achievement, remains humble and appreciative.
“I’ve been very fortunate and I’m all too aware that I’ve had opportunities not afforded to people who are every bit as talented — and people think that you know a lot more about how this business works than you actually do,” says the London-born, Harvard-educated producer.
Heyman followed the Potter franchise with “Gravity,” earning him an Oscar nomination for best picture and a shared PGA Selznick Award for top movie when it tied with “12 Years a Slave.” He also produced “I Am Legend,” “Yes Man,” “Paddington” and “The Light Between Oceans,” starring Michael Fassbender, and is shooting the Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
“I’m no longer surrounded by children,” says Heyman.
Heyman’s enthusiasm for the J.K. Rowling series helped persuade Warner Bros. to acquire the rights in 1999. The first movie “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in 2001 and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” was released a decade later.
“My key job is to support great talent,” says Heyman. “And I take what I do damn seriously.”