The company was established in 2009 and has a proven reputation as the market leaders in global drama financing. Faith Penhale, formerly Head of Drama at BBC Wales, recently joined as joint CEO alongside Chairman and joint CEO Simon Vaughan to take the company into its next phase as a leading producer of high quality scripted drama.
Lookout Point's credits to date include Andrew Davies' critically acclaimed adaptation of War & Peace for BBC One, Ripper Street (shortly in its fifth and final season on Amazon Prime), and Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's Parade’s End starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Lookout Point is currently co-producing Mike Bartlett’s bold and provocative newspaper drama, Press, with Nigel Stafford-Clark/Deep Indigo and BBC Studios for BBC One; Sally Wainwright’s landmark single film for BBC One about the extraordinary lives of the Bronte sisters, To Walk Invisible, with BBC Studios/Wales; Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Victor Hugo's 19th century classic, Les Misérables, with BBC Studios and The Weinstein Company for BBC One and is also producing Oliver Goldstick’s sumptuous drama set in a post war Paris fashion house, The Collection, for Amazon Prime.
Simon Vaughan is Chairman and joint CEO of Lookout Point. The company was established in 2009 to produce high-end drama with ambition, originality and international appeal. Simon has over 25 years’ experience in television, working in a variety of roles from writer, producer, executive producer, distributor, financier, and has become renowned for his distinct creative-business skill set.
Simon’s recent projects include The Collection for Amazon and France Television, War and Peace for BBC1 and The Weinstein Company, Ripper Street for BBC and Amazon Prime, SSGB for BBC1 and The Weinstein Company, The Living and the Dead for BBC1 and BAFTA award-winning Parade’s End for BBC/HBO.
Prior to forming Lookout Point, Simon was involved in a wide variety of television dramas including Ben Hur for ABC Network, CBS’s hit series Flashpoint, The Company for BBC/TNT, Lifetime’s Coco Chanel, Henry VIII for WGBH/ITV. He also worked for global media group Bertelsmann in London and New York, before forming Alltime Entertainment, where he produced three seasons of the children’s TV series Watership Down.
Faith is passionate about drama and working with writers. She began her career in drama production 20 years ago, and has worked on a broad and varying range of shows; from a BAFTA winning era of EastEnders, to the multi award winning and game-changing espionage series Spooks, to more recently Andrew Davies’ critically acclaimed adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic War & Peace.
Faith worked for ten years at Kudos, starting as script editor, then Head of Development, Producer and Executive Producer. She joined BBC Cymru Wales as Head of Drama in 2011. Her track record there included the global phenomenon Sherlock and iconic and much loved Doctor Who, amongst many other authored pieces collaborating with some of the UK’s most exciting writing talent.
Faith has joined LookoutPoint as joint CEO and is currently Executive Producer on Sally Wainwright’s single drama about the lives of the Bronte sisters To Walk Invisible, and Mike Bartlett’s bold new contemporary newspaper drama Press, as well as Andrew Davies’ latest epic, an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s powerful and political Les Miserables. She will also oversee all of the company’s productions and development slate.