Idiotlamp was founded by writer George Kay and director Jim Field Smith, friends and collaborators since their early teens. Initially focussing on drama and comedy projects created by the duo – such as STAG, the acclaimed BBC mini-series – the company now has an expanding slate of film and TV projects in Europe and the US.
Jim Field Smith is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated director, producer and writer. He directed the major motion pictures SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE for Dreamworks and BUTTER starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde.
He co-created, wrote, produced and directed the BBC mini-series STAG. Having produced and directed both seasons of THE WRONG MANs for BBC/Hulu, nominated for three BAFTAs and winning an RTS Award, Jim recently directed and executive produced the pilot for the show’s US remake, produced by Bad Robot for Showtime. He is the originating director and executive producer of DEFENDING THE GUILTY for BBC, and his other TV credits include ENDEAVOUR (ITV) and two seasons of WRECKED for TBS (also as Consulting Producer). Jim previously directed the second season of the BBC / Showtime comedy EPISODES starring Matt LeBlanc, picking up BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
George Kay co-created and wrote the mini-series STAG for the BBC. His extensive 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.