Steve Abbott

Chairman, Bradford UNESCO City of Film Board of Directors.
United Kingdom
Steve is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Royal Society of Arts. He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Bradford in 1998, was made Honorary Fellow of Bradford College in 2012 and has an MA from the University of Cambridge, where he was an Open Scholar in Mathematics.

Steve, who was born and educated in Bradford, has been involved with film and television since 1979, initially with HandMade Films and subsequently with Mayday Management, Prominent Features and Prominent Television. From 1979 to 1997 he and his business partner Anne James were responsible for the management of the Monty Python group. It was with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin that they founded Prominent Features and Prominent Television. Prominent Features productions have won awards and festival prizes throughout the world, including an Oscar, a Cesar and several BAFTAs. Prominent Television’s seven travel series with Michael Palin have won numerous awards. Steve is Executive Producer on these series.

His credits as a film producer or executive producer include “A Fish Called Wanda”, “American Friends”, “Blame it on the Bellboy”, “Brassed Off” and “Fierce Creatures”. In addition to his many awards, he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, Asia Pacific Screen Academy and the European Film Academy. He was chair of Screen Yorkshire and was previously a director of the National Film Trustee Company. Steve was a member of the Skillset Film Skills Strategy Committee and juror on both the Carl Foreman and Grierson Documentary Awards. He was appointed an ambassador for Bradford in 1997.