Working Title Films is a British film production company, based in
It was co-founded by producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1983.
They were initially funded by film councils, government grants and tax
In 1992, PolyGram became the company’s corporate backer.
Radclyffe left Working Title, and Eric Fellner, a fellow independent film
producer, join the company.
PolyGram Films was later merged and sold to Universal Studios in 1999
for a reported $600 million
Working Title are allowed to produce any film with a budget of
up to £35 million.
Its located in London, and is known for having a limited
number or employees. The company also has other offices
located in Los Angeles, and Ireland.
It produces feature films and several television productions,
including some films starring comic actor Rowan Atkinson
Working title also have wt2 which is
their smaller subsidiary company.
They make small budget films that
appeal to select audiences. Many of
them are intended for a British
They appeal to a wide audience
Films + American stars = Appeal to international market
(and success for the British film industry) This approach
has provoked criticism about the ‘mid-Atlantic nature of the
Universal are the parent company of Working Title. They
provide funding of up to £35 million to Working Title so they
can make the films they desire . Working Title have the
appearance of being independent - but really they are
owned and cared for by Universal. This helps them to be
successful as Universal is a well known company which