Lionel Wigram (film producer)
|Born||22 December 1962|
|Occupation||Film producer, screenwriter|
Wigram was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, where he was a co-founder of the Oxford Film Foundation.
Wigram started working as a runner for producer Elliott Kastner. After his job for Kastner for several years, he eventually produced several low budget films for him in partnership with Cassian Elwes. He then spent ten years working in the independent world both as an executive and as a producer. He ran Geena Davis and Renny Harlin's company, The Forge, and worked at Shep Gordon and Carolyn Pfeiffer’s company, Alive Films.
Wigram was named a senior vice president of production at Warner Bros. in November 2000. As a studio executive, he was responsible for buying the Harry Potter book series for the studio, as well as overseeing the eight film series. In addition, Wigram also championed such films as Three Kings, Charlotte Gray and The Big Tease. He later transitioned from executive to independent producer with a first look deal at Warner Bros. During his tenure, Wigram produced the 2009 hit film Sherlock Holmes. Wigram also co-wrote the story for the film. He was also a producer on the sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Wigram was also executive producer of the last four Harry Potter films, as well as August Rush and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.
In 2012, Wigram started a joint production company with his frequent collaborator, Guy Ritchie, called Ritchie/Wigram Productions. The company's first film, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., was released in August 2015.
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