Need to know: Eon Productions, set up by Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in the early 1960s, is still family-owned and run. Best known for producing the James Bond film series, it has also ventured into independent film, as well as theatre productions. Outside of the Bond franchise, film projects produced or executive produced by Eon include Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (2016) with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell; Radiator (2014) directed by Tom Browne; and Nancy (2018) directed by Christina Choe and starring Andrea Riseborough. Earlier this year, Universal Pictures struck a deal with Eon and MGM to distribute Bond 25 internationally, replacing Sony. Eon supports the BFI’s Future Film Skills five-year plan, Bafta, Film & TV Charity, Into Film, London Screen Academy and the National Film and Television School. It is a subsidiary of US-based holding company Danjaq, which co-owns the Bond rights with MGM.
Key personnel: Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, producers; Gregg Wilson, executive producer; David Pope, managing director and co-producer.
Incoming: Upcoming titles are The Rhythm Section starring Blake Lively, Jude Law and Sterling K Brown, directed by Reed Morano and set to be released by Paramount in 2019; and the next James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig to be directed by Cary Fukunaga (who replaced Danny Boyle) for a 2020 release.
Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli say: “Eon Productions has been a part of the thriving British film production industry for over 50 years. Britain has the finest creative and technical film personnel in the world, and we are proud to make our films here. We see Eon’s role as not only producing commercially successful feature films and stage productions, but helping to develop a diverse and exciting range of new talent to carry the British film industry into the next generation.”