EXCLUSIVE: Ed Rubin has stepped down as Managing Director of Scott Free London, we have learned. Rubin, the former Origin Pictures head of film and TV whose credits as executive producer include BBC series The Woman In White and Helen Mirren feature Woman In Gold, joined Ridley Scott’s firm at the start of 2017.
His departure comes as the London division of Scott Free undergoes a shakeup with the TV division recently streamlined and the LA office becoming more involved in the London operation, according to sources. It isn’t clear whether Rubin will be replaced. Scott Free confirmed Rubin’s departure.
Tom Hardy-fronted BBC series Taboo was Scott Free London’s last small screen show to hit UK screens in 2017. Jonas Akerlund’s feature Lords Of Chaos debuted at Sundance last year. Upcoming on the feature side is James Kent’s feature The Aftermath with Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard.
The second season of Taboo has been greenlit and the BBC’s A Christmas Carol is due to shoot this year. Rubin initiated a new slate of projects since he joined, including on the TV slate The Beast Must Die with writer Gaby Chiappe (Misbehaviour) and supernatural thriller The Hoarder with Tom Edge. Ongoing film developments include Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind with Asif Kapadia aboard to direct and Film4 pics Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows andThe German Child.
Rubin started his career in 2000 working for companies including Working Title, Ealing Studios and the UK Film Council, before joining BBC Films in 2005 as development executive where he worked across the slate of film projects, including Fish Tank and Eastern Promises.
As we reported last week, Scott Free’s U.S. slate is all systems go with upcoming productions including Travis Fimmel starrer Raised By Wolves, which will be directed by Ridley Scott.