Idiotlamp was founded by writer George Kay and director Jim Field Smith, friends and collaborators since their early teens. The creative duo formed the company to focus on their own original drama and comedy projects – such as STAG, the BBC mini-series. The company went on to produce CRIMINAL, the original drama series for Netflix, nominated in 2020 for an International Emmy, and is currently in production on the Apple TV+ thriller series HIJACK starring Idris Elba.
Jim Field Smith is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated director, producer and writer. He is currently directing HIJACK, which he co-created with writer George Kay, and which stars Idris Elba, for Apple TV+. He is also the director and executive producer of LITVINENKO, the forthcoming ITV drama series. He is the co- creator and director of the Emmy-nominated Netflix Original drama series CRIMINAL. He was the director and executive producer of the Amazon Prime series TRUTH SEEKERS, the originating director and executive producer of DEFENDING THE GUILTY for BBC, and directed the pilot of HOME for Channel 4. Prior to that he co-wrote, produced and directed the BBC mini-series STAG, and produced and directed both seasons of THE WRONG MANs for BBC/Hulu, nominated for three BAFTAs and winning an RTS Award. His other TV credits include ENDEAVOUR (ITV), two seasons of WRECKED (TBS), and the second season of EPISODES (BBC/Showtime). He directed the major motion pictures SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE for Dreamworks and BUTTER starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde.
George Kay is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of CRIMINAL for Netflix and HIJACK for Apple TV+. Most recently he co-created the global hit series LUPIN, also for Netflix. He is also the writer and executive producer of LITVINENKO, the forthcoming ITV drama series directed by Jim Field Smith. Previously he co-wrote the mini-series STAG for the BBC. His TV writing credits include KILLING EVE for BBC America, MY MAD FAT DIARY, THE TUNNEL, THE HOUR and OUR ZOO. He was previously Head of Development at Twenty Twenty Television and Head of Factual at Blast Films, before pursuing writing full-time in 2009, when his feature screenplay GOOD LUCK ANTHONY BELCHER headed the Brit List. He wrote and directed the monologue DOUBLE LESSON, performed by Phil Davis, for Channel 4. His short film credits include BITTER, produced by Michael Winterbottom, and BARBADOS starring Michael Sheen.