Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a film finance and production company founded in 2006 by Dugdale and his filmmaking partner, Daniel Petrie, Jr. Dugdale oversees all aspects of Enderby Entertainment’s business, finance and production and spearheads the company’s relationships with its worldwide community of financial partners.
Dugdale has just completed post-production on Enderby’s most ambitious project to date: The Intrigo Anthology- three films shot back to back, based upon a series of European best-sellers by the immensely popular Swedish author Håkan Nesser. The three stand-alone thrillers, adapted by Daniel Alfredson & Ditta Bongenhielm are individual stories interconnected by the ‘Café Intrigo,’ which gives the three films their anthological title. Daniel Alfredson directed each of the films with Pawel Edelman as Director of Photography. The first film in the anthology, Intrigo: Death of an Author, stars Sir Ben Kinglsey and Benno Fürmann and will be released worldwide in the fall of 2018. This will be followed just a few months later in early 2019 by the release of Intrigo: Samaria, starring Andy Buchan, Phoebe Fox and Jeff Fahey. Finally, just a few months after that, Intrigo: Dear Agnes will be released in mid 2019, starring Carla Juri and Gemma Chan. An example of independent filmmaking at its most daring, this ground-breaking anthology was greenlit, financed and cast as one package and will be distributed in various territories worldwide by Fox International and Miramax. Dugdale also served as producer on the upcoming thriller, NOMIS, starring Henry Cavill, Sir Ben Kingsley, Alexandra D’Dadario and Stanley Tucci.
Dugdale’s career started in his native British Columbia, where he gained extensive experience in physical production, working at all budget levels in feature film, television commercials and music videos. During this period, he was responsible for negotiating with local and provincial governments some of the most complex and extensive location filming agreements to date. In the early 2000s, Dugdale also gained experience in public sector financing and investor relations while working in oil, gas and uranium markets.
In 2003, Dugdale joined Daniel Petrie, Jr. & Company as Vice President, Production before becoming a full partner in the company in 2004. In the motion picture industry, the first decade of the 21st Century saw an acceleration in the growth of independent productions to fill the vacuum left by the major studios, who each year became increasingly focused on making fewer and bigger-budgeted so-called “tent-pole” movies, a trend that continues to this day. At the same time, the transition from celluloid to digital image capture made some aspects of filmmaking radically less expensive, lowering the medium’s costs of entry; this at a time when, paradoxically, the costs of making studio-style tent-pole movies continued their seemingly limitless escalation. On the distribution side, time-honored practices of releasing those tent-pole movies were joined by release patterns that increasingly allowed more independent films to find audiences. Observing that many independent films seemed to be made for no better reason than that the resources were available, Dugdale and Petrie believed that a production company that put the emphasis back on story, on the creative side, and on transparency, on the financial side, could thrive. This insight led them to found Enderby Entertainment.
President, Enderby Entertainment; producer The Intrigo Anthology, An Ordinary Man, Blackway, Rosemont, Dawn Patrol
Prior to the Intrigo trilogy, Dugdale produced the psychological thriller An Ordinary Man in collaboration with actor/producer Sir Ben Kingsley and was written and directed by Brad Silberling. As Enderby’s CEO, Dugdale also greenlit and financed the film, which features outstanding performances by Kingsley and Hera Hilmar. Dugdale also arranged for its international distribution by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, marking Enderby’s second collaboration with Electric. An Ordinary Man had its U.S. premiere at the 24thannual Austin Film Festival in October of 2017 and was released theatrically by Saban Films in April 2018.
Before this, Dugdale produced and financed the thriller Blackway, the first film collaboration involving Alfredson, Enderby Entertainment and world-wide distributor Electric Entertainment. The film featured a remarkable cast headed by Sir Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig, Hal Holbrook and with Ray Liotta in the title role. Directed by Daniel Alfredson, Blackway was adapted for the screen by Joseph Gangemi & Gregory Jacobs and based upon the novel Go with Me by Castle Freeman, Jr. The film was feted with a gala world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival ahead of its 2016 release.
Previously for Enderby, Dugdale produced Dawn Patrol, starring Scott Eastwood, Jeff Fahey and Rita Wilson, and Rosemont, starring Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif and Michael Gross; both films were directed by Daniel Petrie, Jr. Dugdale also produced About Cherry starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham and Dev Patel, co-written and directed by Stephen Elliott. For Tony-Seven Films, Enderby Entertainment’s genre film division, Dugdale served as executive producer on The Speak, Vile and 5 Souls and as producer on A Haunting at Silver Falls, No Tell Motel and Blood Shed. Dugdale also served as executive producer on Tony-Seven Films’ first sequel, the upcoming A Haunting at Silver Falls 2.
Dugdale is particularly proud of Enderby Entertainment’s involvement with the Austin Film Festival and Conference. In 2012, the Austin Film Festival announced the addition of a new “Enderby Entertainment Award” to the festival’s screenwriting competition. The new award is open to feature screenplays in all genres with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be independently produced with a budget under ten million dollars. Finalists and winners are selected by Dugdale and Petrie.
Dugdale is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of Canada.
Daniel Petrie Jr.
Producer, director and Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale. Dugdale serves as President and CEO, while Petrie oversees creative affairs and acts as a resource person for the writers and directors working with Enderby.
Producer, director and Oscar® nominated screenwriter Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, a film finance and production company founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale. Dugdale serves as President and CEO, while Petrie oversees creative affairs and acts as a resource person for the writers and directors working with Enderby.
While developing potential new projects for the company, Petrie is executive producer of Enderby’s most ambitious project to date: The Intrigo Anthology, a ground-breaking trilogy of movies which were shot back to back in 2017. The first film in the anthology, Intrigo: Death of an Author, stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Benno Fürmann and will be released in the fall of 2018 in various territories worldwide by Enderby’s distribution partners on all three films, Fox International and Miramax. This will be followed by the release of Intrigo: Samaria, starring Andrew Buchan, Phoebe Fox and Jeff Fahey, in early 2019, followed in turn by Intrigo: Dear Agnes, starring Carla Juri and Gemma Chan, also 2019. All three films, which were produced by Dugdale, are based a series of European best-sellers by the immensely popular Swedish author Håkan Nesser. They were adapted by Daniel Alfredson & Ditta Bongenhielm; Alfredson also directed, with cinematography by Pawel Edelman.
Prior to the Intrigotrilogy, Petrie served as executive producer on Enderby’s psychological thriller An Ordinary Man, which Dugdale also produced in collaboration with actor/producer Ben Kingsley and writer/director/producer Brad Silberling. The film, featuring stunning performances by Kingsley and Hera Hilmar, was released in 2018 by Electric Entertainment.
Before that, Petrie executive produced Blackway, the first collaboration among Alfredson and Enderby and Electric, the film’s world-wide distributor. The film featured a remarkable cast headed by Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig and Hal Holbrook, with Ray Liotta in the title role. Directed by Daniel Alfredson, Blackwaywas adapted for the screen by Joseph Gangemi & Gregory Jacobs, based upon the novel Go with Meby Castle Freeman, Jr. The film was feted with a gala world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival ahead of its 2016 release.
Petrie is a veteran screenwriter, director and producer. In 1985, he received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.
Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom Berenger, and as executive producer of the comedy Turner & Hooch, starring Tom Hanks; Petrie co-wrote both films. Nearly a decade later, Petrie executive produced sci-fi action picture The 6thDay,starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Petrie's directorial debut was the film Toy Soldiers, starring Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Louis Gossett, Jr., which he also co-wrote. Petrie also directed the HBO film Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and adapted and directed the TNT movie Framed, starring Rob Lowe and Sam Neill.
Petrie’s next two directorial outings were both produced by Enderby Entertainment. The first, the no-holds-barred, NC-17 indie feature Dawn Patrol,starred Scott Eastwood, Jeff Fahey and Rita Wilson in an original screenplay by Rachel Long & Brian Pittman. It premiered at the 2014 Austin Film Festival and was released in simultaneously in theaters and on VOD in June 2015. The second, the very G-rated drama entitled Rosemont (in the US) or Christmas at Rosemont(in Canada) starred Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Michael Gross, Ayla Kell and Brendan Michael Coughlin. In the US, Rosemonthad an initial release on Starz in October 2015. The identical-except-for-the-title Christmas at Rosemontwas released in Canada on DVD/VOD in November 2016.
In 2011, Petrie was executive producer, showrunner and co-creator of Combat Hospital, simulcast on Canada’s Global TV and ABC in the U.S. The 13-episode TV series featured an ensemble cast headed by Elias Koteas, Michelle Borth, Luke Mably, Deborah Kara Unger, Terry Chen and Arnold Pinnock.
In what is essentially a parallel, non-paying, volunteer career, Petrie has an extensive history of service to the entertainment industry and the artists working in it. He served two terms each as president and as vice president of the Writers Guild of America West. Currently, Petrie is president of the Writers Guild Foundation. In 2013, Petrie was the recipient of the Writers Guild’s Morgan Cox Award, given to that “member whose vital ideas, continuing efforts, and personal sacrifice best exemplify the ideal of service to the Guild.” He is also a proud member of the Directors Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA. Petrie, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, is also a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
In 1985, the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Petrie for membership in the highly selective body; the Academy’s Board of Governors approved. Just over a decade later, his fellow Writers Branch members elected Petrie to serve on the Academy’s Board of Governors himself, which he did from 1997-1999. He is a long-time member of the Academy Foundation’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee (1996-2004, 2006-2015, 2017-present) and also serves on the Academy Grants Committee. Petrie is also a trustee emeritus of the American Film Institute.
An active volunteer, presenter and panelist for the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriting Conference since 1998, Petrie is also on the Festival’s Board of Advisors. In 2012, the AFF announced the addition of the new “Enderby Entertainment Award” to the festival’s screenwriting competition. This award is open to feature screenplays in all genres with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be independently produced with a budget under ten million dollars. Finalists and winners are selected by Petrie and Dugdale.
Petrie inherited his dedication to volunteer service to the industry from his parents: Petrie’s father was the late, Emmy-winning Canadian director and long-time Directors Guild of America board member Daniel Petrie, Sr.; Petrie’s mother is the Emmy-winning television producer and long-time Producers Guild of America board member Dorothea G. Petrie. Petrie’s brother, director Donald Petrie, also carries on this tradition through his service on the Directors Guild of America board and as co-chair of the DGA Foundation.
Daniel Petrie, Jr. lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife of over thirty-five years, Constance Petrie.