Liza Chasin

Liza Chasin is the president of United States production for the London-based company Working Title Films, which she joined in 1991 as director of development. Throughout her 20-odd year run with Working Title, Chasin has produced a quality array of American, Anglo-American, and English-based films. Though Chasin herself hasn't received any award accolades, several of her films have: in 1998, she co-produced the Oscar (and otherwise multi-award-winning) historical drama "Elizabeth," which launched actress Cate Blanchett into stardom. In 2000, she executive produced the Golden Globe-nominated music geek comedy, "High Fidelity"--which was written and directed by Brits but starred American John Cusack--and in 2001, she co-produced the romantic comedy "Bridget Jones's Diary," a huge hit which was also written and directed by Brits but again starred an American (Renee Zellweger)--with a rather convincing English accent. Among Chasin's numerous highlights are the 2002 romantic comedy "About a Boy," which starred "Bridget Jones" alum Hugh Grant, and, in a far more serious vein, the 9/11 plane high-jacking drama, "United 93," which was directed by Englishman Paul Greengrass. Chasin also served as executive producer on two consecutive Joe Wright films: the 2005 romantic drama "Pride & Prejudice," based on the Jane Austen novel, and the 2007 war drama "Atonement," based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Also in 2007, Working Title reunited with Blanchett and director Shekhar Kapur to make the biographical drama "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."