Working Title Film

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Working Title Film

  1. 1.  Working Title Films is a British film production company, based in London.  It was co-founded by producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1983.  They were initially funded by film councils, government grants and tax schemes.  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
  2. 2.  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
  3. 3.  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 spectators.
  4. 4.  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 films’  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 promotes them.

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