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Gareth Wigan (December 2, 1931 – February 13, 2010)[1] was a London-born agent, producer and studio executive known for working on such films as George Lucas's Star Wars. [1] [2] His early recognition of the power of the global entertainment market allowed his employer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, to take advantage of films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.[1]

Life and career

Gareth Wigan began his career in the 1950s working as an agent in the UK office of MCA. Over the course of a 40 year career, Wigan would rise from talent agent, to producer to studio head. Film credits include Star Wars, Alien, The Turning Point, Chariots of Fire, The Right Stuff, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and others.

He held numerous positions including production exec at 20th Century Fox, co-vice chairman at Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, a co-founder at The Ladd Company, production consultant at Columbia and more.[3]

Death

Gareth Wigan died at his Los Angeles home on February 13, 2010 at the age of 78.[4][5] He was survived by his wife, Pat Newcomb, and four children.

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