ITV’s Senior Drama Commissioner Victoria Fea is set to exit the commercial broadcaster after eight years. She is joining forces with Julie Anne Robinson and David Wong to launch indie Blue Jar Pictures.
The new company will have a focus on creating entertaining, emotional and bold scripted content. Between them, Robinson and Fea have many years’ experience producing, directing and commissioning successful commercial network television in the US and the UK.
Fea joined ITV in 2010 and during her time at the broadcaster has been responsible for commissioning such shows as The Durrells, Marcella, Little Boy Blue, Harlots, Unforgotten and Victoria. “I’ve absolutely loved my time at ITV, and feel very lucky to have worked at the home of popular entertainment for so long”, she said. “It’s been a joy. But when Julie Anne asked me to join her in setting up Blue Jar Pictures I couldn’t resist. She’s a unique talent, with a formidable track record in developing and directing drama and comedy both here and in the US.”
“Victoria has been an integral part of ITV drama and I want to thank her for all the incredible work she has done here”, ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill added in a statement. “Personally I will miss her, and have loved working with her, but I respect her need to try something new. I know she will make a great success of it and we all wish her the best of luck in the future.” No word on who might be in the frame to replace Fea at ITV.
Julie Anne Robinson is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated TV, film and theatre director. She has brought some 6 series to air in the United States, including the Shonda Rhimes/ABC drama The Catch. Since moving to the States. Robinson has become a significant force in American television both as producer and director. She has directed Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie, Orange is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Castle Rock, Parks and Recreation and The Good Place amongst others.
Blue Jar Pictures marks the second outfit for LA-based Robinson, whose company Canny Lads Productions has a development deal with NBCU. “I was really keen to develop projects back home in the UK too”, Robinson said. “I’m thrilled that Victoria and I will be able to combine our talent relationships on either side of the Atlantic. Between us we have many years’ experience developing, directing, producing and commissioning drama on network television. We intend to use this to create a fresh and inspiring slate and can’t wait to get started.”