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Daniel Petrie, Jr.

2019 Recipient of the Heart of Film Award
Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale.  

In 1985, Petrie received an Academy Award® nomination 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, which were both directed by Roger Spottiswoode.  Nearly a decade later, Petrie executive produced the sci-fi action picture The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, also directed by Spottiswoode.

Petrie's directorial debut was the film Toy Soldiers, starring Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Louis Gossett, Jr., which he co-wrote.  Petrie then 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.

Petrie’s next two directorial outings were both produced by Dugdale and financed by Enderby Entertainment. The first, the no-holds-barred, NC-17 indie feature Dawn Patrol, starred Scott Eastwood, Jeff Fahey and Rita Wilson in an original screenplay by Rachel Long & Brian Pittman.  The second, the very G-rated drama entitled Rosemont (in the US) or Christmas at Rosemont (in Canada) starred Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Michael Gross, Ayla Kell and Brendan Michael Coughlin.

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.

Petrie served two terms each as president and as vice president of the Writers Guild of America West. Currently, Petrie is president of the Writers Guild Foundation. He is a former governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a long-time member of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee.

An active volunteer, presenter and panelist at the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriting Conference, Petrie is a member of the Festival’s Board of Advisors. In 2012, the AFF announced the addition of the Enderby Entertainment Award to the festival’s screenwriting competition. Finalists and winners are selected by Petrie and Dugdale.