NBCUniversal Teams With 'Harry Potter' Producer David Heyman on New TV Venture

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Heyman on producing Gravity: "It took us four years to make the movie, and for us, the big issue was figuring out the technology with which to achieve zero gravity. It was a year and a half of R&D, where the studio was putting in money on blind faith because we didn't have a clue what we could do."

Heyday Television will look to create premium content for both the U.K. and U.S.

David Heyman, the acclaimed British producer behind the Harry Potter franchise, Gravity and StudioCanal's new family force Paddington, is forming a joint venture with NBCUniversal International Studios to create new TV banner Heyday Television.

Announced on Wednesday by NBCU Int. Studios president Michael Edelstein and Heyman, the new venture – the producer's first major move towards TV – will be aimed at producing television and digital content across all platforms, including free-to-air networks, cable and SVOD, for both the U.K. and U.S. markets. NBCUniversal will distribute Heyday Television's output.
“David Heyman has created some of the most memorable and successful movies of our time.  It is a pleasure to welcome him into the NBCUniversal family," said Edelstein. "We look forward to helping David bring his passion and creativity to global television audiences for years to come."

Giving Heyday Television an instant leg-up in the U.S., NBC has already committed to two series from the new company.

“I am thrilled to be launching Heyday TV in partnership with NBC Universal International and to be working with Bob [Greenblatt], Kevin [MacLellan] and Michael," said Heyman. "I look forward to calling on many of the film relationships I've developed over the years - but also to working with many of the brilliant voices already working in television."

Heyday Television adds to an already hefty workload for the producer, currently in production with the first Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Warner Bros. and with the Paddington sequel looking likely to start shooting in 2016.

Heyman is represented by UTA, Bloom Hergott, and Wiggin.