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Heyman enjoyed some success as an executive in America before returning to London to found his own production company, Heyday Films, in 1997. He has since produced a number of notable films, the best known of which are the Harry Potter film adaptations, beginning with the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and ending with the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2011. In 2005, Heyman was the executive producer of the CBS television series Threshold. He has also produced the 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend with Will Smith, the Holocaust drama The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas starring David Thewlis, Yes Man starring Jim Carrey, and produced the John Crowley movie Is Anybody There? starring Michael Caine.
Heyman is the son of John Heyman, producer of films such as The Go-Between and Jesus, and Norma Heyman, producer of Dangerous Liaisons and Mrs Henderson Presents. Heyman is married to an interior designer, Rose Uniacke.
Notable Awards and Nominations
- Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film in 2005 for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film in 2005 for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film in 2002 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film in 2001 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Behind the scenes
In 2012, Heyman stated regarding the visual effects of the earlier Harry Potter films: "I look at some of the first film [made in 2001] and want to cringe." He also was shocked by some of the early-marketing efforts, including Harry Potter-themed toilet paper, but was impressed when Warner Bros. reined it in.