Before WT were taken over by Universal, they received funding from places such as Film Councils, Government Grants

and Tax Schemes.

Four Weddings and a Funeral had Rowan Atkinson starring in it; this would have taken up a large percentage of their budget.

2001

2007

WT was involved in ITV London Television bid, which stopped in 2002

PolyGram was sold to Seagram, merged with MCA Music Entertainment 1992 1994 1999

Since Universal took over WT, the films have received higher budgets; this means they could afford more famous actors and locations.

Since 2010, they have been using 3D and other new technologies

1983

1991

2010

Founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe

PolyGram became the company¶s corporate backer

WT received direct funding from Universal after the changeover in 1999; this meant they could afford better Directors and cast & crew.

After PolyGram merged, it was sold to Universal Studios WT2 was formed, subsidiary company ± independent company run by Natascha Wharton

2003

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1993

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Jess Pardoe and Grace Keogh

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