LONDON, April 22, 2020. Red Arrow Studios has announced that Hilary Bevan Jones, founder and Managing Director of its acclaimed UK scripted producer Endor Productions, has agreed to a multi-year extension of her contract.
Hilary Bevan Jones’s Endor Productions, which became part of Red Arrow Studios in 2012, has grown to become 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 new BBC One drama But When We Dance written by Paul Mayhew-Archer.
Over her distinguished career, Hilary has worked on numerous ground-breaking and influential dramas, including Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot with Dustin Hoffman, Dame Judi Dench and James Corden for BBC One; That Day We Sang written and directed by Victoria Wood and starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball for BBC Two; Paul Abbott ‘s State of Play starring David Morrissey, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Polly Walker, Bill Nighy and James McAvoy for BBC One; and the Primetime Emmy Award-winning HBO film The Girl in the Café, written by Richard Curtis and starring Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald. In 2006, Hilary was made Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the first woman in its then 60-year history to hold this position.
James Baker, President and Co-CEO of Red Arrow Studios, said: “Hilary is quite simply one of the most respected and talented producers working in British television, and we are thrilled that she has decided to stay with Endor and Red Arrow Studios. Together with her impressive team, Endor is well placed for its next exciting phase of growth.”
Hilary Bevan Jones, Managing Director of Endor Productions, said: “Over my years at the helm of Endor, it has been an honour to work with some of the most creative and talented professionals in our business, both in front of and behind the camera. I am delighted to be staying with Red Arrow and the company I founded, and continuing to work with such a fantastic in-house team”.
Alongside Hilary Bevan Jones, Endor’s team includes Creative Director Sara Johnson, who joined from Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa earlier this year; Ian McBain (Finance Director), Samantha White (Production Manager), Eamon Fitzpatrick (Head of Production), Jez Swimer (Producer), Charlie Niel (Development Executive) and Kyra Williams (Executive Assistant).
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IMAGES: Headshot of Hilary Bevan Jones
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About Red Arrow Studios
Red Arrow Studios is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content. Red Arrow Studios is comprised of 20 production companies in seven territories, including 11 companies based in the United States; world-leading digital studio, Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures. The group’s significant output includes scripted, non-scripted and formatted content and IP, from TV and film to short-form and branded content, made for an array of global networks and platforms. Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe’s leading media groups. For more information, please visit: sevenonestudios.com
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 – Paul Mayhew-Archer’s forthcoming new event film for BBC One, directed by Jonny Campbell.
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 for BBC One.