LONDON — Working Title Films co-chair Eric Fellner, one of the producers of "The Theory of Everything," is looking to capitalize on the buzz generated by the movie's five Oscar nominations, including best picture, as it embarks on the next stage of its theatrical rollout in international markets.Fellner told Variety on Thursday: “We planned our international rollout in the hope that we would get some kind of recognition somewhere along the line, but this is way better than we had...
After the departure of co-founding producer Sarah Radclyffe, Eric Fellner joined Working Title in 1992, having been introduced to the company’s Tim Bevan by PolyGram’s Michael Kuhn. After a series of well-received low-budget indies with Ken Loach and Alex Cox, Fellner’s input proved fortuitous; working in tandem, Fellner and Bevan developed the Working Title formula – star-driven prestige dramas, made in conjunction with Universal after a lucrative deal struck in 1999 – that has landed 11 Academy Awards and 38 BAFTAs.
Fellner is often credited with being the driving force behind Working Title’s long-standing relationship with actor Hugh Grant, star of their 1994 breakout hit “Four Weddings And A Funeral” as well as the first two movies in the highly successful Bridget Jones series. But both Bevan and Fellner encourage a family relationship within the workplace, eschewing the indie model of one movie a year by keeping several projects in the air at all times, returning to veteran directors such as Stephen Frears and the Coen brothers while nurturing relative newcomers such as Tom Hooper, Edgar Wright and Paul Greengrass.
Together with Bevan, Fellner has been honoured with the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the PGA’s highest honour for motion picture producers. Both were presented with one of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers, the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the 2004 Bafta awards, as well as being made Commanders of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2005 birthday honours list.