David Heyman

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David Jonathan Heyman (born 26 July 1961) is an English film producer and the founder of Heyday Films. He obtained the film rights to the Harry Potter series in 1999 and has produced all eight installments in the series of films. Heyman was born in London, England. He is the son of John Heyman, producer of films such as The Go-Between and Jesus, and Norma Parnell, an actress and producer of Dangerous Liaisons and Mrs Henderson Presents. His paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants and his mother was English. He went to school in the United States, earning a degree in Art History from Harvard University in 1983. He got his start in the film industry as a production assistant on David Lean's A Passage to India and in 1986, Heyman became a Creative Executive at Warner Brothers. In the late 80's, he became Vice President of United Artists and subsequently embarked on an independent producing career with his first film, Juice in 1992, followed by the cult "stoner" film The Stoned Age (1994) and others. In 1997, Heyman returned to London and decided that he would focus on film adaptations of books.
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