Working Title Films Limited
  • Visionensure Limited (Oct–Dec 1992)
  • Working Title Limited (1992–1995)
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryFilm production
Founded1983; 41 years ago (1983)
Number of locations
Key people
ParentUniversal Pictures
  • WT2 Productions
  • Working Title Television
Footnotes / references

Working Title Films Limited[1] is a British film studio that produces motion pictures and television programs and is a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal, which is itself a division of Comcast. The company was founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1983. Bevan and Eric Fellner are now the co-chairmen of the company.

Company history

Bevan and Radclyffe were partners in pop music promotional company, Aldabra, and set up Working Title Films in London in 1983 where they were commissioned by newly created UK broadcaster, Channel 4, to make a television film, My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), directed by Stephen Frears. My Beautiful Launderette was a success at the Edinburgh Film Festival and received a theatrical release, where it was successful internationally. Accountant Graham Bradstreet joined as a third partner in 1986.[2]

A World Apart was entered in competition at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and won the Special Grand Prize of the Jury. The Tall Guy (1988) saw the feature film debut of screenwriter Richard Curtis and director Mel Smith.[2]

In 1988, Michael Kuhn of PolyGram started to work with the company and in 1989 PolyGram acquired 49% of the company and they jointly launched Manifesto Film Sales.[3] Manifesto's first third-party pick up for distribution was the Coen brothers' Barton Fink (1991).[4] Bradstreet left the company in 1990 and Radclyffe a year later, with Eric Fellner, a fellow independent film producer, joining the company in 1991.[5][3][2] The same year, Kuhn set up PolyGram Filmed Entertainment which acquired 100% of Working Title in 1992.[3][2] The company produced a variety of films for PolyGram Filmed Entertainment which became a major Hollywood competitor.

Paul Webster set up an office in Los Angeles in 1991 and producer Liza Chasin was appointed as president of production.[6] Webster produced the company's first American films, Rubin & Ed and Drop Dead Fred. Working Title also made Tim Robbins' directorial debut, Bob Roberts (1992).[2]

Gramercy Pictures began distributing the company's films in the United States, starting with Posse (1993). In 1994, the company's Four Weddings and a Funeral, written by Curtis, became the highest-grossing British film of all-time with a gross of $245 million.[3][2] They also made the Coen brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). In 1996, Robbins' Dead Man Walking was the company's first film to win an Academy Award, with Susan Sarandon winning the Academy Award for Best Actress. The Coen brothers' Fargo (1996) won two Academy Awards the following year. The company had another major success with Bean (1997) directed by Smith and co-written by Curtis, grossing $251 million.[2]

In 1998, PolyGram was sold to the Seagram company and merged with MCA Music Entertainment, to form Universal Music Group. PolyGram Films was folded into Universal Pictures. In 1999, Seagram sold the bulk of its library of PolyGram films released up until 31 March 1996 to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[citation needed] 1999 also saw the company's highest-grossing film to date with Notting Hill, again written by Curtis, with a gross of $364 million.

Although contractually allowed to produce any film with a budget of up to $35 million, on a practical basis, Bevan and Fellner consult with studio executives at Working Title's parent company NBCUniversal.[7] Working Title company renewed its first look deal with Universal Pictures in 2020.[8]

WT2 Productions

In 1999, Bevan and Fellner launched a subsidiary company named Working Title 2 Productions, commonly known as WT2. The company is an independent film production arm run by Natascha Wharton, and has produced films that include Billy Elliot, Shaun of the Dead and The Calcium Kid.[5]

Television division

Working Title has been active in television production since the beginning of the 1990s.[9] In February 2010, Working Title officially launched its television division as a joint venture with parent company NBCUniversal, itself owned by Comcast.[10] Since then, they have produced content for both British and American television.[11][12] Notable productions and co productions developed by Working Title Television (WTTV)[13] include NBC's About a Boy, and Showtime's The Tudors.[9]

WTTV has offices in London and Los Angeles.[14][15]

TV productions

Title Years Co-production Network Notes
The Borrowers 1992 BBC Two
Tales of the City 1993 Propaganda Films Channel Four
The Baldy Man 1995–1998 Central Independent Television ITV
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) 2000–2001 BBC One
The Tudors 2007–2010 Reveville Erie
Octagon Entertainment
Peace Arch Entertainment
Showtime Networks
CBC Television
Love Bites 2011 Loud Blouse Productions
Universal Television
Yonderland 2013–2016   Sky 1
About a Boy 2014–2015 True Jack Productions
TriBeCa Productions
Universal Television
You, Me and the Apocalypse 2015 BigBalls Films
British Sky Broadcasting
NBCUniversal International Studios
Sky 1
London Spy NBCUniversal International Studios
BBC America
Gypsy 2017 Rhythm Arts Entertainment
Pen and Paper Industries
Universal Television
Hanna 2019–2021 Amazon Studios
Tomorrow Studios
Focus Features
NBCUniversal International Studios
Amazon Prime Video
The Case Against Adnan Syed 2019 Instinct Productions
Disarming Films
HBO Documentary Films
NBCUniversal International Studios
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 2019 Sweatpants Productions
Universal Television
NBCUniversal International Studios
The Luminaries 2020 Southern Light Films
Silver Reel
We Are Lady Parts 2021–present Channel 4
Everything I Know About Love 2022–present BBC One

1991 ITV franchise bid

In 1991, Working Title was involved in a bid for the London Weekend ITV licence. Working Title, Mentorn, Palace and PolyGram wanted to take over from London Weekend Television and broadcast to London under the name London Independent Broadcasting. In the event LWT retained its licence; London Independent Broadcasting's proposals were deemed by the Independent Television Commission, which was overseeing the bid process, to fail the quality threshold.[16]



Release date Title Notes
15 November 1985 My Beautiful Laundrette with Channel Four Films
24 July 1987 Wish You Were Here with Channel Four Films
30 October 1987 Sammy and Rosie Get Laid with Channel Four Films
17 June 1988 A World Apart
10 September 1988 Paperhouse with Vestron Pictures
13 April 1989 The Tall Guy with London Weekend Television
19 May 1989 For Queen and Country
14 November 1989 Diamond Skulls


Release date Title Notes
22 June 1990 Fools of Fortune with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Channel Four Films
27 July 1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and New Line Cinema
13 May 1991 Robin Hood
24 May 1991 Drop Dead Fred with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and New Line Cinema
21 August 1991 Barton Fink with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and 20th Century Fox
18 October 1991 Edward II
13 December 1991 London Kills Me with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Fine Line Features
15 May 1992 Rubin & Ed with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
17 July 1992 Dakota Road with Channel Four Films, British Screen Productions and Mayfair Entertainment
4 September 1992 Bob Roberts with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Miramax Films and LIVE Entertainment
23 April 1993 Map of the Human Heart with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Miramax Films
14 May 1993 Posse with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
8 October 1993 The Young Americans with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Live Entertainment
4 February 1994 Romeo Is Bleeding with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
9 March 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Channel Four Films and Gramercy Pictures
11 March 1994 The Hudsucker Proxy with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures
3 May 1995 Panther with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
5 May 1995 French Kiss with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and 20th Century Fox
29 September 1995 Moonlight and Valentino with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
29 December 1995 Dead Man Walking with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
8 March 1996 Fargo with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
22 March 1996 Land and Freedom with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
20 September 1996 Loch Ness with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
7 March 1997 The Eighth Day with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
2 August 1997 Bean with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Tiger Aspect Films and Gramercy Pictures
3 October 1997 The Matchmaker with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
5 December 1997 The Borrowers with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
6 March 1998 The Big Lebowski with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
22 November 1998 Elizabeth with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, StudioCanal, Channel Four Films and Gramercy Pictures
29 January 1999 The Hi-Lo Country with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures
28 May 1999 Notting Hill with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, StudioCanal and Universal Pictures
1 October 1999 Plunkett & Macleane with StudioCanal, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures


Release date Title Notes
31 March 2000 High Fidelity with Touchstone Pictures
13 October 2000 Billy Elliot with BBC Films, Tiger Aspect Productions, StudioCanal and Universal Focus
2 December 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? with Touchstone Pictures, Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
13 April 2001 Bridget Jones's Diary with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films
17 August 2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films
2 November 2001 The Man Who Wasn't There with USA Films, Gramercy Pictures and Good Machine
1 March 2002 40 Days and 40 Nights with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films
22 March 2002 Ali G Indahouse with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
17 May 2002 About a Boy with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and TriBeCa Productions
18 July 2003 Johnny English with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
22 August 2003 Thirteen with Fox Searchlight Pictures, Universal Pictures and Antidote Films
28 October 2003 Long Time Dead with Universal Pictures and Focus Features
14 November 2003 Love Actually with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and DNA Films
26 March 2004 Ned Kelly with Focus Features and StudioCanal
30 July 2004 Thunderbirds with StudioCanal and Universal Pictures
17 September 2004 Wimbledon with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
24 September 2004 Shaun of the Dead with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Rogue Pictures
19 November 2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films
4 February 2005 Rory O'Shea Was Here with Focus Features and StudioCanal
22 April 2005 The Interpreter with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
23 November 2005 Pride & Prejudice with Focus Features and StudioCanal
27 January 2006 Nanny McPhee with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
28 April 2006 United 93 with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
27 October 2006 Catch a Fire with Focus Features and StudioCanal
26 January 2007 Smokin' Aces with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
14 February 2007 Hot Fuzz with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Rogue Pictures
24 March 2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Tiger Aspect Films
12 October 2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
4 January 2008 Atonement with Focus Features and StudioCanal
14 February 2008 Definitely, Maybe with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
12 September 2008 Burn After Reading with Focus Features, Relativity Media and StudioCanal
5 December 2008 Frost/Nixon with Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and StudioCanal
17 April 2009 State of Play with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
24 April 2009 The Soloist[17] with DreamWorks Pictures, Universal Pictures, Participant Media, StudioCanal and Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment[18]
2 October 2009 A Serious Man with Focus Features, Relativity Media and StudioCanal
13 November 2009 The Boat That Rocked with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal


Release date Title Notes
12 March 2010 Green Zone with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
2 April 2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang with StudioCanal
18 March 2011 Paul with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
12 August 2011 Senna with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
21 October 2011 Johnny English Reborn with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
9 December 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with Focus Features and StudioCanal
13 January 2012 Contraband with Universal Pictures
3 February 2012 Big Miracle with Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content
16 November 2012 Anna Karenina with Focus Features
25 December 2012 Les Misérables with Universal Pictures, Relativity Media and Cameron Mackintosh, Ltd.
8 February 2013 I Give It a Year with StudioCanal
19 July 2013 The World's End with Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Relativity Media
28 August 2013 Closed Circuit with Focus Features
4 September 2013 About Time with Universal Pictures and StudioCanal
27 September 2013 Rush with Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Exclusive Media, Cross Creek Pictures and Revolution Films
9 October 2014 Trash with StudioCanal, O2 Filmes and PeaPie Films
1 January 2015 The Theory of Everything with Focus Features
28 August 2015 We Are Your Friends with Warner Bros. Pictures, StudioCanal and RatPac Entertainment
9 September 2015 Legend with Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Cross Creek Pictures and Anton Capital Entertainment
18 September 2015 Everest with Universal Pictures, Walden Media and Cross Creek Pictures
14 October 2015 The Program with StudioCanal
27 November 2015 The Danish Girl with Pretty Pictures, Revision Pictures, Senator Global Productions, Universal Pictures International and Focus Features
5 February 2016 Hail, Caesar! with Universal Pictures and Mike Zoss Productions
11 March 2016 The Brothers Grimsby with Columbia Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures Big Talk Productions and Four by Two Productions
16 September 2016 Bridget Jones's Baby[19] with StudioCanal, Miramax and Universal Pictures
30 June 2017 Baby Driver with Big Talk Productions, TriStar Pictures and Media Rights Capital
15 September 2017 Victoria and Abdul with BBC Films, Focus Features and Universal Pictures
13 October 2017 The Snowman with Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures and Another Park Film
12 January 2018 Darkest Hour with Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Perfect World Pictures
16 March 2018 7 Days in Entebbe with Participant Media and Focus Features
26 October 2018 Johnny English Strikes Again with StudioCanal, Perfect World Pictures and Universal Pictures
7 December 2018 Mary Queen of Scots with Perfect World Pictures and Focus Features
25 January 2019 The Kid Who Would Be King with Big Talk Productions, TSG Entertainment and 20th Century Fox
28 June 2019 Yesterday with Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures and Decibel Films
20 December 2019 Cats with Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Monumental Pictures and Really Useful Group


Release date Title Notes
14 February 2020 Emma. with Focus Features, Blueprint Pictures and Perfect World Pictures
29 May 2020 The High Note with Focus Features and Perfect World Pictures
24 July 2020 Radioactive with StudioCanal and Amazon Studios
21 October 2020 Rebecca with Netflix and Big Talk Productions
29 October 2021 Last Night in Soho with Focus Features, Film4 Productions and Complete Fiction
25 February 2022 Cyrano with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Bron Creative
23 September 2022 Catherine Called Birdy with Amazon Studios and Good Thing Going[20]
21 October 2022 Ticket to Paradise with Universal Pictures, Red Om Films, and Smokehouse Pictures[21]
11 November 2022 The Swimmers with Netflix[22]
9 December 2022 Matilda the Musical with Netflix, TriStar Pictures and the Roald Dahl Story Company[23]
24 February 2023 What's Love Got to Do with It? with StudioCanal and Instinct Productions[24]
8 April 2023 Polite Society with Focus Features and Parkville Pictures[25]
22 November 2023 Genie with Peacock, Universal Pictures, and Linden Productions[26][27]


Release date Title Notes
23 February 2024 Drive-Away Dolls with Focus Features[28]

In development

Title Notes
Blitz with Apple TV+, Regency Enterprises, New Regency and Lammas Park[29]
Falling with Universal Pictures[30]
In Five Years with New Line Cinema and Max[31]
Relax with Independent Entertainment[32]
The Substance with Universal Pictures[33]
Unreasonable Behaviour with Hardy Son & Baker[34]
Untitled Anna May Wong biopic with Significant Productions[35]
Untitled Baby Driver sequel with TriStar Pictures, MRC, and Big Talk Productions[36][37][38]


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