Red Car hires new managing director

Red Car’s new managing director, Craig Duncan, arrived Monday after almost a decade in Detroit as Griot Editorial’s VP/general manager, with a clear-eyed sense of the challenges facing the post business — sales being one of them.

At Red Car, Duncan will supervise a staff of eight, including five editors and an assistant, said Jon Desir, Red Car’s senior producer.

“The managing director’s title usually always included that of executive producer, but Craig’s focus will be on sales, given the state of the economy,” Desir added.

Duncan is no stranger to sales challenges, however. He had spent over a year as sales manager for both Griot and its sister company, Postique, a full service post/special effects house.

Before joining Griot in 2000, the Detroit native had spent eight years in Los Angeles as post production supervisor on the Fred Savage sitcom, “Boy Meets World,” for Walt Disney/Touchstone.

“Boy Meets World” had a seven network year run, one Duncan describes as an “insane environment. You always had four shows going at once, all in different stages of completion. We were trying to make crazy deadlines. But it was cool getting my feet wet in post production.”

A family decision, the birth of his daughter, led Duncan and his wife to return to the Midwest.

His new Red Car position came through a mutual connection with editor Cary Gries. “I was repping Cary in Detroit and Jennifer Lederman, Red Car national managing director was repping him in L.A.,” Duncan said.

“When the spot opened up in Chicago, she let me know about the opportunity.”