Gareth Wigan

Executive
In a career spanning four decades, London-born Gareth Wigan rose from talent agent to independent producer to studio executive. After graduating from Oxford, he joined the British office of MCA as an agent. Within a few ... Read more »
Born: 12/02/1931 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Producer (4)

Time of the Gypsies 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Flyers 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Umman, Wittering and Zigo 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

In a career spanning four decades, London-born Gareth Wigan rose from talent agent to independent producer to studio executive. After graduating from Oxford, he joined the British office of MCA as an agent. Within a few years, Wigan had partnered with Richard Gregson, forming their own talent agency. By 1970, he moved to producing. Relocating to L.A., Wigan joined Twentieth Century Fox as vice president of creative affairs, teaming with Alan Ladd Jr and Jay Kanter. The studio enjoyed one of its best years in 1977 with the release of such box-office successes as "Star Wars", "The Turning Point" and "Julia". Under his aegis, Fox also produced Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979).

In 1979, Ladd, Kanter and Wigan formed The Ladd Company, a subsidiary of Warner Communications, Inc. The company had a success d'estime with Philip Kaufman's Oscar-nominated "The Right Stuff" (1980) and the crowd-pleasing "Police Academy" (1984). After another brief stint as a producer (in partnership with Paula Weinstein) which yielded the Kevin Costner vehicle "American Flyers" (1985), Wigan joined Columbia Pictures as a production consultant. In January 1997, he was named as co-vice chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, sharing responsibility with Lucy Fisher.

Relationships

Georgia Brown Actor

Wife
Divorced

Pat Newcomb Actor

Wife
Married until his death 2010

Jonathan Wigan

Son
mother, Georgia Brown

EDUCATION

University of Oxford

Oxford , England

Milestones

1998

In March, named as co-vice chair of the merged Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Groupn

1997

Named co-vice chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment in January; shared responsibilities with Lucy Fisher

1993

Promoted to executive vice president of Columbia Pictures

1987

Joined Columbia Pictures as a production consultant

1983

With Paula Weinstein, formed W.W. Productions; produced "American Flyers" (1985)

1976

Promoted to vice president of production at Fox

1975

Joined 20th Century Fox as vice president of creative affairs; worked with Alan Ladd Jr and Jay Kanter

1970

First feature credit as producer, "Unman Wittering & Zigo"

1969

Became an independent film producer

1968

Co-founded London International

1961

With Richard Gregson, formed the talent agency Gregson & Wigan Ltd

1960

Worked at John Redway & Associates

1957

Joined MCA in London as an agent

Entered into partnership with Ladd and Kanter to form The Ladd Company, a subsidiary of Warner Communications

Oversaw production of such hit films as "Star Wars", "Julia" and "The Turning Point" (all 1977)

Moved to L.A.

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