BBC Wales head of drama Faith Penhale (pictured) will join the prodco behind upcoming drama War & Peace, Lookout Point, as joint CEO.
She currently oversees the BBC Drama department behind shows such as Doctor Who, having worked for the BBC for the past five years. She was a candidate to become the BBC’s new drama controller after the exit of Ben Stephenson, but that role ultimately went to Polly Hill.
The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, has a 35% stake in Lookout Point, which is coproducing Tolstoy adaptation War & Peace with the BBC and The Weinstein Company for BBC One. It has also helped finance shows such as Ripper Street and Parade’s End.
War & Peace has already been presold to various broadcasters around the world.