'The Catch' Exec Producer Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television

Julie Anne Robinson and her banner CannyLads Productions have signed a two-year pact at the studio.
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Julie Anne Robinson

Former Catch executive producer Julie Anne Robinson is on the move.

The director and her CannyLads Productions shingle have signed a two-year overall deal at Universal Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

As part of the pact, Robinson will produce and direct for the studio. She also brings her CannyLads team with her, which includes head of development Kelly Pancho and creative exec Emman Sadorra.

“We have been fans of Julie Anne's work for quite some time, so when she became available, we literally jumped at the chance to bring her to Universal Television," studio president Pearlena Igbokwe said Tuesday in a statement. "She’s an amazing director with a great eye for material.” 

The deal brings Robinson to Universal after five years at ABC Studios, where she helped develop multiple projects, including the Shonda Rhimes-produced series The Catch. Robinson directed the pilot for the show and served as an executive producer for two seasons before ABC canceled pulled the plug earlier this month.

Before that, Robinson had directed multiple episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and Private Practice, as well as pilots for ABC series including The Middle and the short-lived Selfie, which she also exec produced. 

"I love working with writers," said Robinson. "I began in theater — developing plays with writers in London, and that led naturally to producing and directing for the screen. The creativity and passion of the writer has always been my motivation and continues to be the central passion of our work at CannyLads Productions. I want to thank ABC Studios for a great five years, and looking forward to joining the Universal Television family as an exciting new chapter begins." 

Robinson is the latest Shondaland grad to jump to Universal Television. She joins Jenna Bans, who made the leap last summer and saw her first drama pilot at the studio, Good Girls, picked up to series as part of NBC's 2017-18 schedule.

Robinson's film work includes The Last Song and One for the Money. She is repped by CAA and Sloan Offer.