Ridley and Tony Scott hire two execs

Jack Arbuthnott, Surian Fletcher-Jones joining Scott Free

LONDON -- Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free has snared the services of BBC Films' development exec Jack Arbuthnott and BBC television drama script editor Surian Fletcher-Jones to help ramp up its activities.

The duo have been brought in by Liza Marshall, the former drama chief of Brit pubcaster Channel 4 who is now Scott Free's U.K. operations chief.

Arbuthnott's most recent credits at BBC Films include Andy de Emmony's "West Is West," the sequel to Damien O'Donnell's "East Is East," and Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini's "StreetDance 3D."

Fletcher-Jones has been hired to develop projects primarily for TV. A script editor for BBC Drama since 2003, she has worked on projects including "Little Dorrit," "Sense and Sensibility" and "Blackpool."

Recent Scott Free pics include "Welcome to the Rileys," starring James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart, and Fox Searchlight's "Cyrus," directed by the Duplass brothers and starring John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill.