EXCLUSIVE: Scott Free London, Ridley Scott’s UK production banner, is expanding its team and has hired former Origin Pictures’ Ed Rubin as managing director starting in January.

Rubin’s hire marks a sure vote of confidence for the London-based team, which has been increasingly productive in the UK with recent productions such as Sean Foley’s buzzed feature comedy Mindhorn; TV series Taboo, written by Steve Knight and starring Tom Hardy; and Jonas Akerlund’s Lords of Chaos.

Rubin will be responsible for expanding the company’s activities across film and TV, working with head of film Jack Arbuthnott, head of TV Kate Crowe and head of business and commercial affairs Carlo Dusi.

“Scott Free London has come of age and continues to grow,” said Scott. “Ed has a fantastic track record and exactly the right credentials to push this expansion. He joins a formidable team in Kate, Carlo and Jack at a pivotal time in the company’s growth. The global landscape for film and TV drama is evolving rapidly, and I want Scott Free London to play a significant part in this revolution. It is a unique moment to be making standout work.”

Rubin said: “I’ve spent eight hugely enjoyable and rewarding years at Origin Pictures and have had the great privilege to work with an array of amazing writing and directing talent. Joining Scott Free as MD is too exciting an opportunity not to seize, and I relish the prospect of working with Ridley and joining the team in London, particularly at this time of expansion and growth..”

Next up for Scott Free London is James Kent’s The Aftermath, starring Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgard for Fox Searchlight and BBC Films. In addition to this and Mindhorn and Taboo, India in a Day, the latest iteration of the company’s successful In a Day franchise, recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival before launching in India.