Havertown Native Tom Verica Now Directs Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’

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Tom Verica (right) talks with Ruth Gemmell on the set of Netflix's "Bridgerton."

Tom Verica of Havertown is learning how to manage multiple ballrooms in his role as director for the Netflix period romance Bridgerton, writes Ellen Gray for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bridgerton, filmed in Britain, is producer/actor Shonda Rhimes’ first part of a $100 million deal with Netflix.

The second and third episodes required filming four choreographed social events in five days and “was probably the most challenging aspect,” Verica said.

“We had three balls in this one building [Leigh Court],” in Bristol, he said. “In some of those scenes, if I open the doors, you would see a completely different ball theme.”

The Haverford High graduate got his start on TV as a Dancin’ on Air dancer.  His first directing opportunity came with NBC’s American Dreams. 

He was also executive producer of the ABC’s For the People.

Bridgerton is a different animal.

“I am not a romance novel reader,” Verica acknowledged. He hasn’t read any of Bridgerton author Julia Quinn’s books, though he’s met her on set.

Verica was eager to direct a period piece, especially one with Netflix’s budget behind it, allowing a “much more cinematic approach to it…”

Read more about Tom Verica and “Bridgerton” at The Philadelphia Inquirer.