David Yates
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United Kingdom

Wychwood Picture Co.

David
Yates

Principal / Director / Producer

The prolific British director helmed the last four of the blockbuster Harry Potter films, bringing the record-breaking franchise to an epic conclusion with 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.” This year alone he directed two more mega-productions, each featuring tons of moving parts and cutting-edge VFX: the epic action adventure “The Legend of Tarzan” (which grossed $356 million), and the new “Potter” spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a return to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling, who wrote the screenplay.

Inspired by Spielberg’s “Jaws” as a teen, he began his career directing short films and cut his teeth as a television director with credits including the 2003 six-part political thriller “State of Play” (which won him the Directors Guild of Great Britain award), the adult two-part documentary drama “Sex Traffic” (2004), and the 2005 Richard Curtis drama “The Girl in the Café,” which won three Emmys. Those successes led to the Potter producers choosing him to direct the fifth film in the billion-dollar franchise, and he made his feature directorial debut with 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which instantly established him as a commercially successful director.

Career

  • LEGEND OF TARZAN, THE
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II
  • FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Education

  • University of Essex (UK)

Philanthropy

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Warner Bros. deal for director David Yates

Warner Bros. deal for director David Yates

"Harry Potter" director David Yates has signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. under the Wychwood Picture Co. banner.Key project under the deal for Yates as a Warner-based producer is expected to be an adaptation of Emma Forrest's memoir "Your Voice in My Head." Yates signed to direct the project late last year for London-based Ruby Films. Since then, Warners has since come on to finance and Emma Watson and Stanley Tucci are attached to star.Forrest is writing the screenplay,...

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