Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, an independent 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.
Currently, Dugdale is in production on Enderby’s most ambitious project to date, three films shot back to back, based 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 stories interconnected by the Café Intrigo, which gives the three films their overall title. The first film, Intrigo: Death of an Author, starring Ben Kingsley, has completed principal photography on location in Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. The second film, Intrigo: Dear Agnes, is shooting now; the third, Intrigo: Samaria, will follow. All three films are directed by Sweden’s Daniel Alfredson, the director of Enderby Entertainment’s Blackway. Dugdale, on behalf of Enderby, financed and greenlit the trilogy, which will be distributed in various territories worldwide by Fox International and Miramax.
Prior to the Intrigo trilogy, Dugdale produced the psychological thriller An Ordinary Man in collaboration with actor/producer Ben Kingsley and writer/director/producer Brad Silberling. Dugdale also, as Enderby CEO, financed and greenlit 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 the Electric.
Prior to An Ordinary Man, Dugdale produced the thriller Blackway, the first film collaboration involving Alfredson and Enderby Entertainment and world-wide distributor Electric Entertainment. The film featured a remarkable cast headed by Sir Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig and Hal Holbrook, with Ray Liotta in the title role. Directed by Daniel Alfredson, Blackway was adapted for the screen by Joseph Gangemi & Gregory Jacobs, 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.
Dugdale most recently produced the upcoming film, NOMIS, starring Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Alexandra Daddario and Stanley Tucci.
Previously for Enderby, Dugdale produced Dawn Patrol, starring Scott Eastwood, Jeff Fahey and Rita Wilson, and Rosemont, starring Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Michael Gross, Ayla Kell and Brendan Michael Coughlin; 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’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, Dugdale was responsible for negotiating with local and provincial governments some of the most complex and extensive location filming agreements to date. 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 production 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 indie films seemed to be made for no better reason than that the resources were available, Dugdale and Petrie believed that an indie company that put the emphasis back on story, on the creative side, and on transparency, on the financial side, could thrive, which led them to found Enderby Entertainment.
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 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.
Currently, while developing potential new projects for the company, Petrie is executive producer of Enderby’s most ambitious project to date, three films shot back to back, based on 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 and directed by Alfredson, are interconnected by the Café Intrigo, which gives the three films their overall title. The first film, entitled Intrigo: Death of an Author, stars Ben Kingsley, and has completed principal photography on location in Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. The second film, Intrigo: Dear Agnes, is shooting now; the third, Intrigo: Samaria, will follow. All three films are being produced by Dugdale, who also, on behalf of Enderby, financed and greenlit the trilogy. The Intrigo trilogy will be distributed in various territories worldwide by Fox International and Miramax.
Prior to the Intrigo trilogy, Petrie served as executive producer on the psychological thriller An Ordinary Man, which Dugdale also produced in collaboration with actor/producer Ben Kingsley and writer/director/producer Brad Silberling. Enderby financed the movie, which features outstanding performances by Kingsley and Hera Hilmar, and arranged for its international distribution by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, marking Enderby’s second collaboration with the Electric.
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, Blackway was adapted for the screen by Joseph Gangemi & Gregory Jacobs, based upon the novel Go with Me by Castle Freeman, Jr. which also handled the worldwide release of Enderby Entertainment’s film Blackway. The film was feted with a gala world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival ahead of its 2016 release.
In addition to his role in Enderby Entertainment, 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 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Shoot to Kill, Turner & Hooch and The 6th Day could not be more different, but they were all directed by Petrie’s collaborator and mentor, Roger Spottiswoode.
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 Dugdale and financed 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, Rosemont had an initial release on Starz in October 2015. The identical-except-for-the-title Christmas at Rosemont was released in Canada on DVD/VOD in November 2016.
Although most of Petrie’s film and television work has been feature-length, he is also drawn to the one-hour episodic series. 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, a coproduction of Canada’s Sienna Films and the U.K.’s Artists Studios, featured an ensemble cast headed by Elias Koteas, Michelle Borth, Luke Mably, Deborah Kara Unger, Terry Chen and Arnold Pinnock. Much earlier, Petrie also executive produced and was the showrunner of Disney International’s Stick with Me, Kid, a 13-episode mystery series, created by Peter Hume, and shot in the UK for younger audiences in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In what is essentially a parallel, albeit non-paying volunteer, career, Petrie has an extensive history of service entertainment industry and the artists working in it – or who aspire to be working in it. He is proud of his long record of dedication to the members of Writers Guild of America West, Inc., where he served two terms each as president (1997-99 and 2004-2005) and as vice president (1995-97 and 1999-2001). He also has a lengthy record of service to 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; it was here that Petrie was taught the need to use the registered trademark sign after the words Oscar®. Academy®, A.M.P.A.S.® and so on. He was also a long-time member of the Academy Foundation’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee (1996-2004, 2006-2015) and currently serves on the Academy Grants Committee.
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 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 National Board and as co-chair of the DGA Foundation. In 1997, Dan Petrie Jr. was invited to join the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute, ex-officio, on behalf of the Writers Guild. On the AFI Board, Petrie joined his farther, Dan Petrie, Sr., a dedicated AFI Trustee for many years, in what is believed to be the first – and only – father and son simultaneously on the AFI Board. After ending his service as the Writers Guild’s ex-officio representative, Dan Jr. was elected to the Board in his own right.