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 acclaimed BBC mini-series. The company has since developed an expanding slate of film and TV projects in Europe and the US – including CRIMINAL, the ground-breaking original drama series for Netflix, nominated in 2020 for an International Emmy.
Jim Field Smith is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated director, producer and writer.
Most recently, he directed and executive produced CRIMINAL for Netflix. 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. Most recently he co-created the global hit series LUPIN, also for Netflix. 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.