Aukin, David

David Aukin, born 1942, is a theatrical and executive producer, as well as a qualified solicitor. Aukin is married to director and actress Nancy Meckler. He is the father of director Daniel Aukin. David Aukin has been nominated several times for BAFTA Awards and has won twice, for The Government Inspector (2005) and Britz (2009) – both films dealing with Tony Blair. Along with David Hare and Max Stafford-Clark, Aukin co-funded the Joint Stock Theatre Company in 1974. He became an administrator and later artistic director at the Hampstead Theatre, where he produced numerous premiers, including plays by Brian Friel, Mike Leigh, and Harold Pinter. Aukin was also appointed artistic director of the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, where he premiered Me and My Girl (1984). In 1986, he was appointed executive director of the National Theatre, which he ran with Richard Eyre. He was offered the position of head of film at Channel 4 in 1990, and he commissioned over 100 feature films until 1998. Many of these films received numerous Oscar nominations, three of which were awarded: Madness of King George (1994), Secrets & Lies (1996), and Trainspotting (1996). Aukin has produced intermittently in the West End and produced the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man in 2002.