Daniel Petrie Jr.

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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.