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Lookout Point is an independent drama production company working with the UK’s leading writing, directing and on screen talent to produce bold and innovative television drama.

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.

Key Team

Simon Vaughan and Faith Penhale are joint CEO’s of Lookout Point.

Simon Vaughan

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 Penhale

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.

The Collection

The Collection is an exciting new eight part series from Lookout Point for Amazon Prime and France Télévisions. Written and created by Oliver Goldstick, the writer and executive producer of Pretty Little Liars, Lipstick Jungle and Ugly Betty, The Collection is a gripping relationship drama set in France just after the Second World War.

Spearheaded by two clashing brothers, Paul (RICHARD COYLE) and Claude Sabine (TOM RILEY), the series exposes the grit behind the glamour of an illustrious Paris fashion house, emerging from the dark days of the Occupation and into a new golden age of design and business. But can the family survive the personal battles, internal rivalries and passionate love stories that threaten the fashion house's success?

It’s not so much about what they’re wearing, but what they’re covering up.

Oliver Goldstick, Writer

War and Peace

A modern reworking of Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece, War and Peace follows the lives of three privileged aristocrats. Pierre (PAUL DANO), Natasha (LILY JAMES) and Andrei (JAMES NORTON) are full of the hopes and dreams of youth. At the same time Napoleon’s army moves ever closer to Russia’s borders, threatening the delicate structure of society. As war breaks out, and everything they thought they knew is questioned, Pierre, Andrei and Natasha are changed forever by love, loss, passion and heartbreak.

Told over six one-hour episodes, this critically acclaimed series was adapted by award winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House) and directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, Woman In Black: Angel Of Death). War and Peace was produced by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point.

War and Peace is the greatest costume drama of the decade.

Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph

Ripper Street

Ripper Street is back for a fourth series now available in full on Amazon Prime. After fans petitioned for its return in 2014, the series has gone on to find new life with Amazon and exceed viewers’ expectations of scale and pace. This high-profile drama has continued to provide a refreshing take on the investigative procedural genre, whilst entertaining audiences at every unexpected turn.

Ripper Street is produced for BBC one by Tiger Aspect Productions, Lookout Point and BBC America.

Ripper Street is continuing to progress from strength to strength in its current run.

Becky Lea, Den of Geek

Parade's End

Hailed as one of the great masterpieces of Twentieth Century literature, Parade's End is an epic story of love and betrayal set against the dying days of the Edwardian era and the First World War. Its action moves from the glittering yet shallow world of London high society to the trench-scarred battlefields of France; from the bustling streets of Paris to the rich sweep of the English countryside. At its heart is the erotically-charged triangle between English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), his beautiful but cruel wife Sylvia (REBECCA HALL) and Valentine Wannop (ADELAIDE CLEMENS), a young suffragette with whom he falls head over heels in love. Their world is one of social hierarchy, simmering sexual tensions and clandestine affairs.

Parade's End is a Mammoth Screen production for the BBC in association with HBO Miniseries, Trademark Films, BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point.

Parade's End is one of the finest things the BBC has ever made. Shower it with BAFTAs and Emmys.

Grace Dent, The Independent

The Living and the Dead

Currently airing on BBC One and now available in full on BBC iPlayer, The Living and the Dead is a striking new original six part supernatural series created by Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes, Moonfleet), and directed by Alice Troughton (Cucumber, In the Flesh, Merlin) and Samuel Donovan (Humans, Utopia, Last Tango in Halifax).

Set in 1894, this uncanny, intriguing drama is steeped in the eeriness of the rural world at the moment when the industrial revolution came crashing in to disrupt all old certainties. At the series’ heart is the love story of Nathan and Charlotte Appleby: a young married couple infatuated with each other, but put under extraordinary pressure to fight to save their marriage, as well as their home.

The Living and the Dead is a BBC Wales Drama production in association with Monastic Productions and co-produced with BBC America.

Tingling the spine while engaging the brain, The Living and the Dead is smart, scary and knowing.

Mark Lawson, The Guardian

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