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Dan Petrie, Jr.

Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award 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. Petrie also served as executive producer of The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Most recently, Petrie was executive producer of two films for Enderby Entertainment, an independent film financing and production company Petrie co-founded with partner Rick Dugdale, who produced both films. The first of the these, the upcoming thriller Blackway, starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig, Ray Liotta and Hal Holbrook, was directed by Sweden’s Daniel Alfredson from a screenplay by Joseph Gangemi & Gregory Jacobs, based on the novel Go With Me by Castle Freeman, Jr. Blackway had its world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival on September 11, 2015, and is slated for a June 2016 release. The second of these upcoming Enderby Entertainment films, An Ordinary Man, starring Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar, was written and directed by Brad Silberling; now in early postproduction, the film recently wrapped principal photography on location in and around Belgrade, Serbia.

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.

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.

In 2006, Petrie and producing partner Rick Dugdale founded the previously mentioned Enderby Entertainment, an independent film, television and digital media production and financing company with an old-fashioned emphasis on storytelling, on the creative side, and transparency, on the financial side. Prior to Blackway and An Ordinary Man, Enderby Entertainment made two films with Petrie directing and Rick Dugdale producing. The first, the indie feature Dawn Patrol, starring Scott Eastwood, Jeff Fahey and Rita Wilson in an original screenplay by Rachel Long & Brian Pittman, premiered at the 2014 Austin Film Festival and was released in simultaneously in theaters and on VOD in June 2015. The second, Rosemont, starring Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Michael Gross, Ayla Kell and Brendan Michael Coughlin, which Petrie also wrote, had an initial release on Starz in October 2015.
Petrie has an extensive history of service to the Writers Guild of America West, Inc., serving 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.”

Petrie is also a member of the Directors Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA. Petrie, who has dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship, also holds membership in the Writers Guild of Canada and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Petrie was elected to membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1985. In 1997-1999, he served as a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors, representing the Writers Branch. He was also a long time member of the Academy Foundation’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee (1996-2004, 2006-2015).

From 2004 to 2011, Petrie served as a Trustee of the American Film Institute.
Petrie has also long been an active volunteer for the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriting Conference, sitting on the Festival’s Board of Advisors. 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 five million dollars. Finalists and winners are selected by Petrie and Dugdale.
Petrie inherited his dedication to volunteer service 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 the fall of 2015, the Petrie brothers were both visiting faculty members of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, with Daniel continuing as a Trustee Professor for the Spring 2016 semester. Dodge College, under the continuous leadership of founding Dean Robert Bassett since its creation, as Chapman University’s School of Film and Television, in 1996, has grown in those few years into a leading force in the education of the next generation of film and media artists. In the past, the Petrie brothers’ father, Daniel Petrie, Sr., was a Dodge College Filmmaker in Residence, while their mother, Dorothea Petrie, frequently acted as a moderator or panelist at the College’s annual Women in Focus conference.

Daniel Petrie, Jr. lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife of over thirty years, Constance Petrie.

My Moderators Sessions

Saturday, March 12
 

1:45pm