Universal Pictures have recently extended their contract with British filmmaking company Working Title for a period of five more years. The contract covers work up to the year 2020 and will see collaboration between the two giant production houses that have given hits like Les Miserables, Love Actually and Anna Karenina amongst others. Working Title has given some of the best Academy Award nominee and winners in the past years.
Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley made the announcement along with Working Title’s co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Donna stated, “Working Title is the biggest and best international production company in the world, and we’ve been privileged to be in business with them for many cherished years. Tim, Eric and their team have been incredible partners with whom we have celebrated much success and we look forward to repeating that success in the future.”
Working Title’s Bevan and Fellner expressed their enthusiasm of working with Universal Pictures for another five years. They stated, “It’s important for us as a company to have partners that are interested in a wide variety of films and a desire to not only do great business but also to strive to make interesting films, and that’s what Ron, Jeff, Donna and everyone else at Universal do. We can’t thank them enough for their support in the past and for their ongoing belief in Working Title.”
Universal Pictures and Working Title first collaborated in the year 1999 and have since then successfully delivered over 50 films amounting to earnings of nearly $5 billion. Working Title has received numerous Oscar, BAFTA nominations and won several awards including a special BAFTA award for their contribution to British cinema. Last year’s Oscar winner The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones was also produced by them. Working Title currently has an impressive lineup of films including The Program, Everest and The Danish Girl.