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Entertainment Nik Powell, Producer of ‘The Crying Game’ and Virgin Group Co-Founder, Dies at 69

14:55  08 november  2019
14:55  08 november  2019 Source:   variety.com

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British music and film producer Nik Powell , who was among the Virgin Group co - founders with Richard Branson and became an influential force in U.K. cinema, producing more than 60 titles including Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning “ The Crying Game ,” died Thursday at age 69 .

British music and film producer Nik Powell , who was among the Virgin Group co - founders with Richard Branson and became an influential force in U.K. cinema, producing more than 60 titles including Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning “ The Crying Game ,” died Thursday at age 69 .

British music and film producer Nik Powell, who was among the Virgin Group co-founders with Richard Branson and became an influential force in U.K. cinema, producing more than 60 titles including Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning “The Crying Game,” died Thursday at age 69.

Nik Powell wearing a suit and tie © Jonathan Hordle/Shutterstock

The cause of death was an unspecified form of cancer, Britain’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) – which Powell headed for more than a decade – said in a statement. He died in Oxford surrounded by his family.

Born on November 4, 1950, in the small village of Great Kingshill, in Buckinghamshire, Powell started out running a record shop and was among the founding partners in 1972 of Virgin Records, which became one of the U.K.’s top recording labels before being sold to EMI 20 years later.

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Nik Powell , a co - founder of Virgin Records with Richard Branson and a producer on films including the best picture Oscar nominee The Crying Game , has died . He was 69 . Powell had been receiving treatment for cancer and died Thursday in Oxford, England, the National Film and Television School

Nik Powell , the respected UK producer , businessman and former director of the National Film and Television School (Nfts), has died at the age of 69 . Powell was the co - founder of UK video label and production outfit Palace Pictures in 1982 with Stephen Woolley. Through the company, the pair

In 1983 Powell co-founded U.K. video label and production outfit Palace Pictures with Stephen Woolley. They produced a string of standout titles such as “The Company of Wolves” (1984), and Neil Jordan’s “Mona Lisa” (1986) and “The Crying Game,” which won a best screenplay Oscar in 1993.

On the distribution side, where Powell put his savvy from the record business to good use, Palace Video titles included David Lynch’s “Eraserhead,” Derek Jarman’s “The Tempest” and Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo.” Then, when they expanded into theatrical, Palace Pictures was behind the U.K. releases of films including Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead,” Nagisa Oshima’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,” the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple,” Rob Reiner’s “When Harry Met Sally,” as well as films by big local names like Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Peter Greenaway.

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Powell co-founded the Virgin group with Richard Branson in the 1970s. After Virgin Records was sold to EMI he founded his own production company. The co - founder of Virgin Records Nik Powell who went on to be the film producer behind Mona Lisa, The Crying Game and Fever Pitch has died aged

Nik Powell , a co - founder of Virgin Records with Richard Branson and a producer on films including the best picture Oscar nominee The Crying Game Powell also served as chairman of the European Film Academy from 1996-2003 and then was vice chairman. NFTS director Jon Wardle said he spent

Virgin Records, which had scored hits with the Sex Pistols among other artists, “were quite famous for their clever marketing,” Wolley told Variety. “When Nik and I started Palace Video he brought a lot of those innovative ways of thinking,” he added, noting that when he first met Powell Wolley was just 22 or 23, and he “backed me in a way that was astonishing.”

“He just would be there for you,” Wolley said. “If you wanted to close a deal; if you were talking about trying to get something different done; if you were trying to change the rules, in a way. Nick would be right behind it. And I think that was what he’s done. Certainly it’s what he did with me. He gave me an opportunity that changed my life, really.”

When Palace Pictures was forced to close in 1992 due to a series of box office misfires, Powell set up a new outfit, Scala Productions, which produced movies such as Nick Hornby adaptation “Fever Pitch,” Fred Schepisi’s “Last Orders,” Terry Gilliam’s “B. Monkey” and “Ladies in Lavender” from Charles Dance.

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Nik Powell (4 November 1950 – 7 November 2019) was a British businessman and one of the co - founders of Virgin Records with Richard Branson.

Washington: Nik Powell , co - founder of Virgin Records with Richard Branson and a producer of movies including best picture Oscar nominee ' The Crying Game ', passed away at the age of 69 . His death was announced by the National Film and Television School. Powell was undergoing cancer

Powell was director of the NFTS from 2003 to 2017 while also retaining his position as chairman of Scala Productions.

Under his leadership, the NFTS underwent a transformation that helped it “gain recognition as one of the best film schools in the world,” the school said in a statement.

Said NFTS Director Jon Wardle: “I spent five incredibly happy years working with Nik as his deputy. He was a good friend and I will miss him hugely. He told me recently how his work to support and develop NFTS students to reach their full potential was probably the professional achievement he was most proud of.”

The culmination of Powell’s work at NFTS was recognized in 2018 when he and Wardle were awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

“Nik leaves an unrivaled legacy and no one has done more than him to set the bar high. We will continue to strive for the future success of the School in his honour,” the statement said.

“He stood up for innovation,” said Wolley. “He stood up for change and difference, and he backed young people his entire career. That’s something that people have got to remember about Nik. That he was quite a selfless person.”

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Nik Powell , the former director of the UK’s National Film And Television School (Nfts), has died aged 69 . Prior to his role at the Nfts, he established Palace Productions with Stephen Woolley in 1983, which produced titles including The Company Of Wolves (1984), Mona Lisa (1986) and The Crying

Powell is survived by his two children Amie and Jack.

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