Endor Productions has today announced Carlo Dusi as Managing Director while award- winning producer - and former chair of BAFTA - Hilary Bevan Jones decides to dedicate time to more hands-on producing. Ian McBain has also been promoted to the role of Director of Finance and Operations.
Carlo Dusi joined highly reputed independent Endor Productions as Executive Producer and Strategy Director in 2021 from Red Arrow Studios International, Red Arrow Studios’ TV distribution arm.
In his new role, Carlo will drive the continued expansion of the Endor slate and focus on the talent packaging, financing and production of the company’s projects, while Ian will oversee the company’s financial management and all aspects of its operations. Carlo and Ian will jointly drive the company’s business strategy, building upon all of Endor’s achievements to date and continuing to prioritise high- end, talent-led drama with international potential.
Carlo’s past credits include: the BAFTA award-winning TV hit Taboo starring Tom Hardy, as well as thriller Before I Go To Sleep (starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth), Chris Smith’s comedy Get Santa (starring Jim Broadbent and Rafe Spall), Sean Foley’s comedy Mindhorn (starring Julian Barratt and Steve Coogan) and James Kent’s The Aftermath for Fox Searchlight (starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård). Most recently, Carlo executive produced two seasons of Endor’s flagship show Vienna Blood, as well as two seasons of Shaftesbury’s thriller Departure for Peacock, Corus and NBC Universal, starring Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer and Kris Holden-Ried.
Endor Productions new Managing Director Carlo Dusi comments: “I could not be more thrilled to take on the MD role at Endor and continue to work with the wonderful Endor family in building upon the legacy that Hilary has created through her incredible slate of projects. As a company, we have never been busier and, with the projects I brought into Endor from my time at Red Arrow Studios International now forming part of the overall slate, our pipeline has never looked more exciting – so we are in for a fantastic ride over the coming months.”
Ian joined Endor at the end of 2015 as Head of Finance and Commercial Affairs. Prior to that he worked as Financial Controller at both Twenty Twenty Productions (Shed/Warner Brothers TV) and Left Bank Pictures (Sony Pictures Television) on a raft of scripted and non-scripted shows.
Ian’s past credits include: Channel 4’s First Dates; BBC One’s Garrow’s Law; BBC Three’s World’s
Strictest Parents; the BAFTA-award-winning TV series Gareth Malone’s Choir; Sky’s Strike Back; streaming success Outlander; BBC One’s Wallander; ITV’s DCI Banks and the Netflix global smash- hit The Crown.
Ian McBain, Director of Finance and Operations, adds: “I am so excited to be given the opportunity to help Endor keep growing in the years to come! We have built such a solid base, with an amazing team of people, and we can really utilise this as a platform for continued success. None of this would have been possible without Hilary, but we are lucky that Hilary will be continuing to partner with Endor, while Carlo, our brilliant new leader, takes the reins of the company moving forward - this is a win-win all round!”
Endor Productions, founded by Hilary in 1998, became part of Red Arrow Studios in 2012, and has since grown to become a premium producer of film and scripted television. Hilary’s current Endor projects include Neil Gaiman’s internationally best-selling Anansi Boys for Amazon Studios which is shooting in Scotland. Season three of the critically acclaimed drama Vienna Blood for ORF and ZDF also starts filming next month. Alongside other advanced Endor developments is the forthcoming romantic comedy film for BBC One But When We Dance written by Paul Mayhew-Archer.
Hilary has produced numerous ground-breaking and award-winning dramas and won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed BBC/HBO film, Richard Curtis’ The Girl in the Café. In 2006, she was made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its then 60-year history to hold this position. She has also chaired Watersprite, the Cambridge International Student Film Festival, since its inception.
Executive Producer Hilary Bevan Jones says: “I am delighted to be continuing my partnership with Endor on projects I have developed with the team that are close to my heart. The company hosts a very talented team of people, all of whom I value immensely. With Carlo and Ian leading them into 2022 and beyond I have no doubt that there will be a positive and dynamic future ahead.”