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Also Known As: Duncan H Kenworthy Died:
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Birth Place: England, GB Profession: producer, executive

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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...

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.

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1989:
Co-produced "The Jim Henson Hour" (NBC)
1983:
Produced HBO series "Fraggle Rock", executive produced by Henson
1996:
Produced NBC's acclaimed, Emmy-winning miniseries "Gulliver's Travels", staring Ted Danson
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
1987:
Served as executive in charge of production for "Hans My Hedgehog", the first segment of an irregular series entitled "The Storyteller" (NBC)
1995:
Founded Toledo Pictures
2001:
Served as executive producer (with Macdonald) of "Strictly Sinatra" and "The Final Curtain"
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Was senior vice president of production at Jim Henson Productions
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Worked closely with Jim Henson as head of the London-based Creature Shop
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
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Produced (with Macdonald and others) the thriller "Creatures" (lensed 1999)
1997:
Produced John Duigan's independent feature "Lawn Dogs"
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Served as senior vice president of production, Jim Henson Productions
1985:
Credited as Creature Shop producer for "Dreamchild"
2003:
Produced the comedy "Love Actually," which starred Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson; recevied a golden globe nomination for best comedy picture
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Produced three segments of "The Storyteller"
1999:
Reteamed with Curtis to score another big hit with "Notting Hill", starring Grant and Julia Roberts
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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
1982:
Teamed with Muppets creator Jim Henson as associate producer on the fantasy film "The Dark Crystal"
1997:
With producer Andrew Macdonald, founded DNA Films
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Education

University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -
Christ's College, University of Cambridge: - 1971

Notes

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

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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