David Yates
Marion Curtis/Starpix/REX/Shutterstock
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

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

Education

  • University of Essex (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
Interested in org charts, contact info and more for David Yates

News from Variety

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel in the Works With J.K. Rowling and David Yates, Release Date Set

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel in the Works With J.K. Rowling and David Yates, Release Date Set

Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed Wednesday that the second movie in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series is in the works, with J.K. Rowling writing the script and David Yates directing. It is slated for worldwide release on Nov. 16, 2018.Yates directed the final four Harry Potter films and the first “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie, which comes out Nov. 18. The second film will also reunite producers David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel...

MORE NEWS

Want more information on David Yates?

Sign up for a free trial to view David's contact info, company details, production deals, & more