From the team that brought us the RGB documentary comes a new film. Working title: Julia.

A party without a cake is just a meeting.
— Julia Child

The 1961 publication of her best-seller, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, tossed Julia Child onto both the literary and culinary stage—she was nearly 50 years old at the time. Then, through her television series, The French Chef, she began coming into homes across America when her local show in Boston was syndicated nationally by PBS affiliate WGBH-TV. She landed The French Chef cooking series by way of her appearance on a book review show on Boston’s National Educational Television station.

Betsy West and Julie Cohen, as co-directors, will showcase Julia Child’s non-conforming life and they’ll have plenty of material to work with. Child wasn’t just a wizard in the kitchen.

Before she became famous as The French Chef, she was a copywriter for the in-house ad agency at W. & J. Sloane in New York. Following that, she became a top-secret researcher for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). She reported directly to the head of OSS, General William J. Donovan.

West and Cohen chronicled Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s rise to the top of the legal world in their film RGB, and they are reuniting to tell Julia Child’s story.

Child authored 18 cookbooks and starred or costarred in 13 television series.

Variety reports that West and Cohen will produce the film, which has the working title “Julia,” alongside Imagine Documentaries president Justin Wilkes and executive VP Sara Bernstein. Imagine Entertainment chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and Imagine co-chairman Michael Rosenberg are executive producing along with Entelis, CNN Films senior VP Courtney Sexton, and Oren Jacoby, founder of West and Cohen’s company, Storyville Films. Carla Gutierrez will edit the documentary, having performed similar duties on RBG. The film, with the working title, Julia, is expected to wrap principal photography next year.

I think every woman should have a blowtorch. 
— Julia Child

Update, April 2020

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Betsy West’s and Julie Cohen’s
Upcoming Julia Child Documentary

Imagine Documentaries and CNN Films are producing
in association with Storyville Films

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights, excluding domestic television, to the upcoming Julia Child documentary from Academy Award®-nominated, Emmy® Award-winning filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West (‘RBG’), it was announced today. Under the working title JULIA, the film is currently in production, and is being produced by West, Cohen and Imagine Documentaries’ Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein, and executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Michael Rosenberg, Amy Entelis and Courtney Sextonof CNN Films, as well as Oren Jacoby of Storyville Films. CNN Films will retain U.S. domestic broadcast rights to the feature.

JULIA promises to be a major independent movie event in 2021— entertaining, revelatory and resonant for today,” said Sony Pictures Classics. It is great to be in partnership with Imagine, CNN Films, and the formidable directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West. We expect audiences will embrace JULIA in a big way.”

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By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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