Carnival Films creative director Sally Woodward Gentle is set to exit the indie behind Downton Abbey in 2013 to pursue new ventures.

It is not clear what she will be doing next, but sources have indicated she is considering setting up her own indie.

She was hired as creative director at the NBCU-owned indie in 2007 and will continue executive producing her current projects – ITV dramas Whitechapel, Murder On The Homefront and David Nicholls’ forthcoming romantic drama The 7.39 for BBC1 – despite her exit.

Carnival managing director Gareth Neame said the creative director role would not be replaced after Woodward Gentle departs.

“Sally has been at Carnival for the past four years and will continue executive producing the projects she is working on. My relationship with Sally goes back to when she and I worked at the BBC together and I wish her luck in the future.”

Before joining Carnival, Woodward Gentle was creative director for BBC drama production and acting head of BBC drama series and serials.

While at Carnival, she was an executive producer on Channel 4’s Any Human Heart, BBC’s Material Girl and ITV’s Harley Street.