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Ridley Scott Expands Scott Free London as Ed Rubin Boards

Origin Pictures head of film and television Ed Rubin has joined Ridley Scott’s U.K. production outfit, Scott Free London, as managing director as the company looks to expand further.

Rubin will join in January to grow the company’s activities across film and TV, and oversee the strategic and creative direction of the company, working with head of film Jack Arbuthnott, head of TV Kate Crowe, and head of business and commercial affairs Carlo Dusi.

Scott Free London has come of age and continues to grow. Ed has a fantastic track record and exactly the right credentials to push this expansion,” Scott said. “He joins a formidable team in Kate, Carlo and Jack at a pivotal time in the company’s growth. The global landscape for film and TV drama is evolving rapidly, and I want Scott Free London to play a significant part in this revolution. It is a unique moment to be making standout work.”

Rubin said: “Joining Scott Free as M.D. is too exciting an opportunity not to seize, and I relish the prospect of working with Ridley and joining the team in London, particularly at this time of expansion and growth.”

Next for Scott Free London is James Kent’s “The Aftermath,” starring Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgard, for Fox Searchlight and BBC Films.

Recent productions include Sean Foley’s comedy “Mindhorn,” to be released by Studiocanal next year, and TV series “Taboo,” written by Steve Knight and starring Tom Hardy for BBC One and FX Networks, co-produced with Hardy Son and Baker. “India in a Day,” the latest iteration of their successful “In a Day” franchise, recently premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival before launching in India.

Rubin leaves Origin having most recently produced feature film “The Sense of an Ending,” directed by Ritesh Batra and adapted by Nick Payne from Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel, and starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer; the film will be released in 2017 by Studiocanal in the U.K. and CBS Films in the U.S.

Next up for Origin is Fiona Seres’ adaptation of author Wilkie Collins’ “The Woman in White,” which starts production early next year. Rubin has served as executive producer on Origin’s television productions, including BAFTA-nominated miniseries “The Crimson Petal & the White” and P.D. James’ “Death Comes to Pemberley” for the BBC.

Feature film credits include period ghost story “The Awakening,” starring Rebecca Hall; Morgan Matthews’ “X+Y,” starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall; and “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren.

Rubin started his career in 2000 working for production company Mission Pictures across a number of films, including Danny Boyle’s “Millions,” before going on to work for companies including Working Title, Ealing Studios and the U.K. Film Council. He joined BBC Films in 2005 as development executive, where he worked across the slate of film projects, including “Red Road,” “Fish Tank” and “Eastern Promises.”

He joined David Thompson when Origin Pictures launched in 2008 and became head of film and television, overseeing all the projects on Origin’s slates.

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