LONDON: February 5, 2020. Acclaimed UK scripted company Endor Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, has announced that Sara Johnson, previously VP of Scripted at Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa, is joining as Creative Director.
Endor Productions, led by Managing Director Hilary Bevan Jones, is a premium producer of scripted television for all major networks, including recent series Vienna Blood for ORF and ZDF, and acquired by the BBC and PBS; two seasons of Matthew Parkhill’s Deep State for Fox Networks Group; and forthcoming BBC One drama But When We Dance.
Sara Johnson was previously VP of Scripted at Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa, where she was brought in to head up their new Originals slate, and oversee production, development and drama commissioning within the business. She acted as commissioner and Exec Producer on Deep State and Canal+ co-commissioned series War of The Worlds. Other roles have included Executive Producer & Head of Co-Production, Scripted at Keshet Productions UK (The A Word); Head of Development/Executive Producer at La Plante Productions (Above Suspicion); and Commissioning Editor, Drama & Comedy for BskyB and Sky One (Mile High, Hex).
Hilary Bevan Jones, Managing Director of Endor Productions, said: “I am delighted to welcome Sara to the Endor family in this new creative role. Our work together on Deep State was an incredibly rewarding experience, and we are all excited that Sara is joining at such an interesting and creative time for our company.”
Sara Johnson said: “It is wonderful to be coming into this new role within Endor, continuing the relationship we all forged during my time at Fox. I look forward to helping to grow their existing and vibrant slate at all stages of development and production. Hilary and her team have a huge passion for projects from all ends of the spectrum and we share many views on the ways that drama can entertain and also make a difference.”
Endor’s team also includes Ian McBain, who joined the company in 2015 and was recently promoted to Finance Director; Samantha White, who joined for William Boyd’s Restless in 2012 and is now in-house Production Manager; Eamon Fitzpatrick (Head of Production); Jez Swimer (Producer); Charlie Niel (Development Executive); and Kyra Williams (Executive Assistant).
About Endor Productions
Hilary Bevan Jones’ company Endor Productions has produced many successful dramas including:
Vienna Blood – a series commissioned by ORF Austria and ZDF Germany in co-production with MR Film, and written by acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson based on the best-selling Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis. The series stars Matthew Beard and Juergen Maurer, and premiered on BBC Two in November 2019, ORF in December 2019 and PBS in January 2020.
But When We Dance – a forthcoming new series for BBC One.
Deep State – the first scripted drama series commission from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa – was released in April 2018 starring Mark Strong and Joe Dempsie. The Showrunner was Matthew Parkhill. A second season with Walton Goggins leading the cast was released in May 2019.
Gwen, a gothic drama film directed by William McGregor and starring Maxine Peake and Eleanor Worthington-Cox, was backed by the BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Great Point Media. Gwen premiered at TIFF 2018 and had its theatrical release in the UK in July 2019.
Other series include: Restless, written by William Boyd and starring Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell and Charlotte Rampling; The Escape Artist, a legal thriller written by David Wolstencroft and starring David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, and Sophie Okonedo; That Day We Sang written and directed by Victoria Wood, with the accompanying documentary That Musical We Made, both starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball for BBC Two; and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman, Dame Judi Dench and James Corden, which had an audience of 6.5 million viewers on BBC One on New Year’s Day.