Duncan Kenworthy

Producer, Executive
When Duncan Kenworthy took a leave of absence from his duties with Jim Henson Productions to produce a "little" film he couldn't have imagined that the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994) ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1948 in England, GB

Filmography

Producer (21)

The Eagle 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strictly Sinatra 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Parole Officer 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heartlands 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Notting Hill 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Daedalus & Icarus 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Producer

Lawn Dogs 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Orpheus & Eurydice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Producer

Perseus & the Gorgon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Producer

Theseus & the Minotaur 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Producer

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Jim Henson Hour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

A Story Short 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

Fearnot 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

Fraggle Rock 1982 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Producer

The Luck Child 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Producer

The Final Curtain (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Three Ravens (TV Show)

Producer
Executive (2)

Hans My Hedgehog 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive in Charge of Production

The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (TV Show)

Production Executive

Biography

When Duncan Kenworthy took a leave of absence from his duties with Jim Henson Productions to produce a "little" film he couldn't have imagined that the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994) would become the most commercially successful British film of all time and alter the course of his career forever. Beginning at the Children's Television Workshop in the 1970s, he worked on "Sesame Street" and later produced an Arabic version of the popular educational staple for Kuwaiti TV. His first feature credit came as associate producer of Henson and Frank Oz's "The Dark Crystal" (1982), and he served as producer of HBO's "Fraggle Rock" (1983) and segments of "The Storyteller" (NBC, 1987-88; five unaired episodes debuted on HBO in 1997), both products of Henson Associates, as well as for "The Jim Henson Hour" (NBC, 1989).

On the heels of his "Four Weddings and a Funeral" success, Kenworthy co-founded DNA Films with "Trainspotting" (1996) producer Andrew Macdonald. In 1998, DNA Films signed an agreement with the Arts Council of England to run one of the three film franchises funded by Britain's National Lottery. Receiving more than $45 million in lottery funds, the production company embarked on the ambitious task of making 16 films with commercial appeal over the ensuing six years. This attempt to revive Britain's flagging film industry prompted Kenworthy to tell New York's Daily News (July 4, 1999): "We want to make films that aren't consigned to the arthouse." His reteaming with "Four Weddings" screenwriter Richard Curtis produced another big winner, "Notting Hill" (1999), which soared on the wings of star Julia Roberts' popularity. DNA's first efforts, "Strictly Sinatra" and "The Final Curtain" (both 2001) began appearing in the new millennium.

EDUCATION

Christ's College, University of Cambridge

1971

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
was a Thouron Scholar

Milestones

2003

Produced the comedy "Love Actually," which starred Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson; recevied a golden globe nomination for best comedy picture

2001

Served as executive producer (with Macdonald) of "Strictly Sinatra" and "The Final Curtain"

1999

Reteamed with Curtis to score another big hit with "Notting Hill", starring Grant and Julia Roberts

1998

DNA Films signed an agreement with the Arts Council of England to run one of the three film franchises funded by Britain's National Lottery

1997

With producer Andrew Macdonald, founded DNA Films

1997

Produced John Duigan's independent feature "Lawn Dogs"

1996

Produced NBC's acclaimed, Emmy-winning miniseries "Gulliver's Travels", staring Ted Danson

1995

Founded Toledo Pictures

1994

Produced the hit comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral", starring Hugh Grant; first collaboration with screenwriter Richard Curtis; received Oscar nomination as Best Picture

1989

Co-produced "The Jim Henson Hour" (NBC)

1987

Served as executive in charge of production for "Hans My Hedgehog", the first segment of an irregular series entitled "The Storyteller" (NBC)

1985

Credited as Creature Shop producer for "Dreamchild"

1983

Produced HBO series "Fraggle Rock", executive produced by Henson

1982

Teamed with Muppets creator Jim Henson as associate producer on the fantasy film "The Dark Crystal"

Produced (with Macdonald and others) the thriller "Creatures" (lensed 1999)

Worked closely with Jim Henson as head of the London-based Creature Shop

Started career at NYC's Children's Television Network in the 1970s, working on the educational puppet show "Sesame Street"; would later produce 130 episodes of "Iftah Ya Simsim" (an Arabic version of "Sesame Street") in Kuwait

Was senior vice president of production at Jim Henson Productions

Served as senior vice president of production, Jim Henson Productions

Produced three segments of "The Storyteller"

Bonus Trivia

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Made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998.

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About a proposed third collaboration with screenwriter Richard Curtis: "We've talked about making the next film in 2001 or 2002. It will be possibly another kind of romantic comedy, but probably about what happens after you've found the right girl." --Duncan Kenworthy, quoted in Daily News, July 4, 1999.

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