Film Producer David Heyman to Receive Hasty Pudding Institute's Golden Sphinx Award
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 announces acclaimed Producer David Heyman as the 2014 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award. Mr. Heyman will be honored and presented with the prestigious award at the annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala to be held at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City on March 10, 2014.
The Order of the Golden Sphinx, named for a traditional symbol of The Hasty Pudding Institute, is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute and recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary contributions to the performing arts. The recipient represents the Institute's mission to support and foster the performing arts within its membership, at Harvard, and the community at large. Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment Inc., received the 2013 Order of the Golden Sphinx award.
"I can think of no better recipient of this year's Order of the Golden Sphinx than David Heyman," said Andrew Farkas, Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. "David's tremendous achievement in film and contributions to the arts embody the passion of those individuals upon whom we proudly bestow our highest honor."
"I can think of few higher honours than receiving the Order of the Golden Sphinx. The order celebrates freedom of expression, and creative originality, and as a producer I have been fortunate enough to work with a number of talented people blessed with fearless creative freedom. They are qualities to be cherished and encouraged, and it is has been a privilege to work among them," said David Heyman.
David Heyman recently won a BAFTA award and has also received an Academy-Award nomination for the critically acclaimed box office hit Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Heyman is the producer of all the film adaptations of J.K Rowling's hugely successful Harry Potter books. In 1997, he read Rowling's first unpublished manuscript and thought it might have some film potential; little did he know that this instinct would change his life. Other producing credits include We're the Millers, Yes Man, I Am Legend, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and Is Anybody There? In the past year he has ventured into TV, producing David Hare's intelligence thrillers, The Worricker Trilogy, and psychological ghost story The Thirteenth Tale. Educated in England and the United States, Heyman began his career as a production runner on Milos Forman's Ragtime and David Lean's A Passage to India. In 1986, he moved to Los Angeles to become a creative executive at Warner Bros., where he worked on such films as Gorillas in the Mist and GoodFellas. In 1996 he set up Heyday Films, with the intention of building on his unique relationships in the U.S. and Europe to produce international films and television programs. Heyman won ShoWest's Producer of the Year Award in 2003, becoming the first British producer to have ever received that honor. In 2011 CineEurope trade fair, he was named the Producer of the Decade.