Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David Yates
Screenwriter: Steve Kloves
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DAVID YATES (Director) brings the Harry Potter film series to an epic conclusion, having directed the last four of the eight films in the franchise.
An award-winning director, Yates won his first BAFTA Award for his work on the BBC miniseries "The Way We Live Now," a period drama starring Matthew Macfadyen and Miranda Otto. In 2003, he directed the drama series "State of Play," for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination and won the Directors Guild of Great Britain (DGGB) Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.
The following year, Yates directed the gritty two-part drama "Sex Traffic," for which he won another BAFTA Award and earned his second DGGB Award nomination. The unflinching look at sex trafficking also won a number of international awards, including eight BAFTA and four RTS Awards, both including Best Drama, as well as the Jury Prize for Best Miniseries at the Reims International Television Festival, and a Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
Yates earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for his work on the 2005 HBO movie "The Girl in the Cafe," a love story starring Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald.
Yates grew up in St. Helens, Merseyside, and studied Politics at the University of Essex and at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He began his directing career with the award-winning short film "When I Was a Girl," which he also wrote.
DAVID HEYMAN (Producer) is the producer of all the film adaptations of J.K Rowling's hugely successful Harry Potter books. In 1997, he read the first book when it was still an unpublished manuscript and immediately recognized its cinematic potential. With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Parts 2," he brings to a close the most successful film franchise of all time.
Heyman is currently producing "Gravity," starring Oscar® winners George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, under the direction of Alfonso Cuarón, and slated for release in 2012.
Apart from the Harry Potter films, Heyman's recent producing credits include David Hare's "Page Eight," a spy thriller starring Rachel Weisz and Bill Nighy; "Yes Man," starring Jim Carrey; Francis Lawrence's hit science fiction thriller "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith; Mark Herman's acclaimed drama "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas," starring Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis; and the independent drama "Is Anybody There?," directed by John Crowley and starring Michael Caine.
Educated in England and the United States, Heyman began his career as a production runner on Milos Forman's "Ragtime" and David Lean's "A Passage to India." In 1986, Heyman went to Los Angeles to become a creative executive at Warner Bros., where he worked on such films as "Gorillas in the Mist" and "GoodFellas." He moved on to become a Vice President at United Artists in the late 1980s.
Heyman subsequently embarked on a career as an independent producer, making several films, including Ernest R. Dickerson's "Juice," starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps, and the low-budget classic "The Daytrippers," directed by Greg Mottola and starring Liev Schreiber, Parker Posey, Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott.
Having spent many years working in the States, Heyman returned to the UK in 1996 to set up Heyday Films, with the intention of building on his unique relationships in the U.S. and Europe to produce international films and television programs.
Heyman won ShoWest's Producer of the Year Award in 2003, becoming the first British producer to have ever received that honor. At this year's CineEurope trade fair, he was named the Producer of the Decade.
DAVID BARRON (Producer) previously served as a producer on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1." He was also an executive producer on both "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Barron recently produced, with David Heyman, the thriller "Page Eight," written and directed by David Hare and starring Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon.
Barron has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years, beginning his career in commercials before moving into television and film production. In addition to his work as a producer, he has held a wide range of posts, including location manager, assistant director, production manager and production supervisor, working on such films as "The French Lieutenant's Woman," "The Killing Fields," "Revolution," "Legend," "The Princess Bride," "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne," "Hellbound," "Night Breed" and Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet."
In 1991, Barron was appointed executive in charge of production on George Lucas' ambitious television project "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles." The following year, he served as the line producer on the feature "The Muppet Christmas Carol."
In 1993, Barron joined Kenneth Branagh's production team as associate producer and unit production manager on "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." That film began an association with Branagh, with Barron going on to produce the director's films "A Midwinter's Tale," "Hamlet" and "Love's Labour's Lost." Barron also produced Oliver Parker's "Othello," in which Branagh starred with Laurence Fishburne.
Barron is currently developing material for both film and television through his company, Runaway Fridge.
J.K. (JOANNE KATHLEEN) ROWLING (Author/Producer) is the author of the best-selling Harry Potter series of books, enjoyed by millions of children and adults around the world. The first, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in 1997, with the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published ten years later, in 2007. Each book has broken sales records, with the series to date having sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, being distributed in over 200 territories and translated into 70 languages, as well as being turned into blockbuster films.
Additionally, J.K. Rowling has written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's school books within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief.
In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published, raising millions for The Children's High Level Group, which aims to make life better for young people in care, in Europe and, ultimately, all over the world.
As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'honneur and, more recently, Denmark's Hans Christian Andersen Award. In June 2008, she was the Commencement Speaker at Harvard University.
J.K. Rowling set up the Volant Charitable Trust, which supports a wide number of causes related to social deprivation and associated problems, particularly as they affect women and children. The Trust has funded a variety of projects in the UK and abroad. It also supports research into the causes and treatment of multiple sclerosis.
For seven years she was an Ambassador of One Parent Families, now called Gingerbread, a charity working with lone parents and their children. In 2007, she took an honorary position as President for the charity.
In 2010, she founded, Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
STEVE KLOVES (Screenwriter) wrote the screenplays for all but one of the installments in the blockbuster Harry Potter film franchise, based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling. Kloves shared in BAFTA Children's Award nominations for Best Feature for his work on "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." He went on to script "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1."
He previously earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Curtis Hanson's acclaimed 2000 drama "Wonder Boys," starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire and Frances McDormand. He also won a Critics' Choice Award and earned BAFTA Award, Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award nominations for his screenplay for the film.
Kloves began his film writing career in 1984 with the screenplay for "Racing with the Moon," a World War II-era coming-of-age story, directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern and Nicolas Cage.
In 1989, he made his directorial debut with "The Fabulous Baker Boys," starring Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film, which Kloves also wrote, garnered four Academy Award® nominations, including one for Michelle Pfeiffer, who also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her performance. Additionally, Kloves won a British Film Institute Award and received a WGA Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
He also wrote and directed the psychological thriller "Flesh and Bone," starring Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow.
LIONEL WIGRAM (Executive Producer) previously served as the executive producer on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1."
He started his production company, Wigram Productions, in 2006 with a deal at Warner Bros. In 2009, he produced Guy Ritchie's international blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Wigram is also a producer on the follow-up, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," reuniting Downey and Law under Ritchie's direction.
Upcoming, he is also a producer on the fantasy films "Arthur and Lancelot" and "The Seventh Son." Wigram also served as an executive producer on "August Rush" and, more recently, Zack Snyder's animated adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole."
Wigram was educated at Oxford University, where he was one of the founding members of the Oxford Film Foundation. He started working in the film business while still at Oxford, serving as a production assistant for producer Elliott Kastner during summer holidays. Following graduation, he went to work for Kastner in California. Wigram produced his first film, "Never on Tuesday," in 1987, followed by "Cool Blue," starring Woody Harrelson, and "Warm Summer Rain," starring Kelly Lynch, in 1988. In the same period, Wigram was involved in the development of the early drafts of what would become "Carlito's Way."
In 1990, Wigram became a development executive at Alive Films, where he worked on films by Wes Craven and Sam Shepard. He also produced "Cool as Ice," and was an executive producer on Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath." In 1993, he started a chef management company, Alive Culinary Resources, with Alive owner Shep Gordon. In addition to managing most of the top chefs in the U.S., they produced a cooking video series for Time Life, which featured Emeril Lagasse for the first time.
In 1994, Wigram joined Renny Harlin and Geena Davis's company, The Forge, where he headed up development and worked on such projects as "The Long Kiss Goodnight," "Cutthroat Island" and the HBO film "Mistrial."
Before his producing deal, Wigram was Senior Vice President of Production at Warner Bros for 10 years. During his tenure, he was responsible for buying the Harry Potter book series for the studio and subsequently overseeing the film franchise. In addition, he supervised films, including "The Avengers," "The Big Tease," "Charlotte Gray," "Three Kings" and "The Good German."
EDUARDO SERRA (Director of Photography) is a two-time Academy Award® nominee for his work on "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "The Wings of the Dove." In addition, he earned BAFTA Award nominations for both films, winning the award for the latter. For his cinematography on "Girl with a Pearl Earring," he was also honored by a number of critics groups, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and won several international film awards.
Born in Portugal and based in France, Serra has worked extensively on both sides of the Atlantic. He has lensed 40 films in France, where he received a César Award nomination for his work on "Le mari de la coiffeuse" ("The Hairdresser's Husband") one of his five collaborations with Patrice Leconte. He has also worked with director Claude Chabrol on seven films, most recently including "Bellamy."
His other film credits include "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1"; "Defiance" and "Blood Diamond," both for director Edward Zwick; "Beyond the Sea," directed by and starring Kevin Spacey; M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable"; Michael Winterbottom's "Jude"; and the Vincent Ward-directed features "What Dreams May Come" and "Map of the Human Heart," to name only a few.
Serra most recently served as the cinematographer on "Belle du Seigneur," the film adaptation of Albert Cohen's best-selling novel, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
STUART CRAIG (Production Designer), who designed the world of Harry Potter on-screen, is one of the industry's most honored production designers. A three-time Academy Award® winner, he has also received six additional Oscar® nominations, including three for his work on "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," for which he won a BAFTA Award, and, most recently, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1." Additionally, Craig has garnered BAFTA Award nominations for the first six Harry Potter movies, also including "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
He won his first Academy Award® for his work on Richard Attenborough's acclaimed biopic "Gandhi." He subsequently won Oscars® for his production design work on Stephen Frears' "Dangerous Liaisons" and Anthony Minghella's "The English Patient," also winning an Art Directors Guild Award for the latter. In addition, he has been Oscar®-nominated for his production designs for David Lynch's "The Elephant Man," for which he also won his first BAFTA Award; Roland Joffe's "The Mission"; and Attenborough's "Chaplin." Craig was also recognized with BAFTA Award nominations for all of those films, as well as Hugh Hudson's "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes."
Craig had a long creative partnership with director Richard Attenborough, with whom he first worked as an art director on "A Bridge Too Far." Craig went on to serve as the production designer on Attenborough's "Cry Freedom," "Shadowlands" and "In Love and War," in addition to the director's aforementioned films.
His other film credits as a production designer include Robert Redford's "The Legend of Bagger Vance," Roger Michell's "Notting Hill," Jeremiah Chechik's "The Avengers," Stephen Frears' "Mary Reilly," Agnieszka Holland's "The Secret Garden," Michael Caton-Jones' "Memphis Belle" and Pat O'Connor's "Cal." Earlier in his career, Craig served as art director on Richard Donner's "Superman."
Craig most recently designed the upcoming crime comedy "Gambit," directed by Michael Hoffman and due out in 2012.
MARK DAY (Editor) previously collaborated with David Yates on a wide range of film and television projects, including "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1."
An award-winning editor, Day won a BAFTA Award and also earned a nomination for a Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for his collaboration with Yates on the 2003 miniseries "State of Play." The following year, Day won a BAFTA TV Award and an RTS Award for Best Editor for his work on the Yates-directed telefilm "Sex Traffic." Day's work with Yates has also brought him RTS and BAFTA Award nominations for the miniseries "The Way We Live Now," another RTS Award nomination for the telefilm "The Young Visiters," and an Emmy Award nomination for the television movie "The Girl in the Cafe." Day has also worked with Yates on the miniseries "The Sins" and the short film "Rank."
Day has also had multiple collaborations with other directors, including David Blair on the feature "Mystics," and the television projects "Anna Karenina," "Split Second" and "Donovan Quick"; Paul Greengrass on the feature "The Theory of Flight" and the television movie "The Fix"; and John Schlesinger on the telefilms "The Tale of Sweeney Todd," "Cold Comfort Farm" and "A Question of Attribution."
Day's additional television credits include such longform projects as Julian Farino's "Flesh and Blood," Paul Seed's "Murder Rooms," Richard Eyre's "Suddenly Last Summer," and Jack Clayton's "Memento Mori," for which he was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award.
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT (Composer), a four-time Academy Award® nominee, received his most recent Oscar® nod for his score for the Best Picture winner "The King's Speech," for which he also won a BAFTA Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination. He previously garnered Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for his score for the animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox"; Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; and Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for Stephen Frears' "The Queen."
In addition, Desplat won a Golden Globe Award for John Curran's "The Painted Veil," and also received Golden Globe nominations for his scores for Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana" and Peter Webber's "Girl with a Pearl Earring." In his native France, Desplat won the César Award for his score for "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," which also earned him a Silver Bear from the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Earlier this year, he received his latest César Award nomination for his score for Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Rider." Desplat has earned four more César Award nominations, including one for the Oscar®-nominated 2009 French film "A Prophet."
Desplat is writing the scores for several upcoming films, including "The Ides of March," directed by and starring George Clooney, and "Carnage," based on Yasmina Reza's play "Gods of Carnage" and being directed by Polanski.
His other recent film work includes Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life"; Stephen Frears' "Tamara Drewe"; the Chris Weitz-directed films "A Better Life," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "The Golden Compass"; Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"; "Coco Before Chanel"; and Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution."
JANY TEMIME (Costume Designer) designed the costumes for the Harry Potter films "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"; "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"; "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," for which she received a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination; "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"; and the two-part "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
She is presently working on Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and served as the costume designer on the forthcoming action adventure "Clash of the Titans 2," starring Sam Worthington.
Temime's recent credits also include Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges," starring Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson; Alfonso Cuarón's "Children of Men," starring Clive Owen; Agnieszka Holland's "Copying Beethoven," starring Ed Harris; and Beeban Kidron's "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," starring Renée Zellweger.
Temime earned a British Independent Film Award nomination for her costume designs for "High Heels and Low Lifes," starring Minnie Driver. She had earlier won a BAFTA Cymru Award for her work on Marc Evans' "House of America," and the 1995 Utrecht Film Festival's Golden Calf for Best Costume Design for Marleen Gorris' Oscar®-winning "Antonia's Line."
Her additional credits encompass more than 40 international motion picture and television projects, including Werner Herzog's "Invincible," starring Tim Roth; Todd Komarnicki's "Resistance"; Marleen Gorris' "The Luzhin Defense"; Paul McGuigan's "Gangster No. 1"; Edward Thomas's "Rancid Aluminum"; Mike van Diem's "The Character," which won an Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film; Danny Deprez's "The Ball"; George Sluizer's "The Commissioner" and "Crimetime"; Ate de Jong's "All Men Are Mortal"; and Frans Weisz's "The Last Call."
TIM BURKE (Visual Effects Supervisor) recently earned his third Academy Award® nomination for the visual effects on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1." He also received Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for his work as a visual effects supervisor on "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." In addition, the film won the Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture. Burke has since received BAFTA Award nominations, for Best Special Visual Effects, on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." He joined the franchise as one of the visual effects supervisors on "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and also held the post on "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Burke previously won an Academy Award® and received a BAFTA Award nomination as a member of the visual effects team on Ridley Scott's epic "Gladiator." He also collaborated with Scott as the visual effects supervisor on "Black Hawk Down" and "Hannibal."
In addition, Burke was the visual effects supervisor on "A Knight's Tale" and was the digital effects supervisor on "Enemy of the State." His other credits include the films "Babe: Pig in the City" and "Still Crazy," and the television movies "Merlin" and "The Mill on the Floss." Prior to segueing to the film industry, Burke worked for 10 years creating visual effects for television and commercials.
Burke has just become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
NICK DUDMAN (Special Make-up Effects) and his team have created the make-up effects and the magical animatronic creatures in all of the Harry Potter films. He earned BAFTA Award nominations for the first four films and, more recently, a BAFTA Award nomination for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1." He became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Dudman got his start working on the Jedi master Yoda as a trainee to famed British make-up artist Stuart Freeborn, on "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back." After apprenticing with Freeborn for four years, he was asked to head up the English make-up laboratory for Ridley Scott's "Legend." He subsequently worked on the make-up and prosthetics for "Mona Lisa," "Labyrinth," "Willow," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "Batman," "Alien3" and "Interview with the Vampire," among others.
In 1995, Dudman's career path widened into animatronics and large-scale creature effects when he was asked to oversee the 55-man creature department for the Luc Besson film "The Fifth Element," for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects. Since then, he has lead the creatures/make-up effects departments on several blockbusters, including "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace," "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns," and consulted on the prosthetics and costume effects for "Batman Begins."
In 2007, the Canadian Academy awarded him a special achievement Genie for the make-up on "Beowulf & Grendel."
Dudman's company, Pigs Might Fly Ltd., creates and sells non-staining blood.
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