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Former Lookout Point boss launches media investment firm with BBCS alum Helen Jackson

Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan, former BBC Studios vet Helen Jackson and Stella EOC exec Jonathan Norman have launched a media investment outfit. The Media Investment Company – which is spearheaded by Vaughan, a director of the business alongside wife and partner Justine Vaughan – is set to back talent-driven businesses. Jackson serves as executive chair […]

Sally Wainwright on directing, delegating and drawing women behind the lens

British writer-director Sally Wainwright, creator of Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack, is one of the few creative talents who can pursue whatever projects she likes. But as she tells Manori Ravindran, you can’t afford to be too complacent in this industry. Sally Wainwright, one of the UK’s pre-eminent writers, will be thinking long and hard […]

‘Happy Valley’ set to return with Lookout Point

Happy Valley creator and writer Sally Wainwright has confirmed that the gritty drama starring Sarah Lancashire will return for a third series, with Les Miserables producer Lookout Point on board.  The BAFTA-winning Wainwright tells TBI that the BBC Studios-owned prodco, which also produced her latest drama Gentleman Jack for BBC One and HBO, will be […]

Faith Penhale takes control of Les Mis producer Lookout Point

Simon Vaughan has stepped down as joint-CEO of Les Miserables producer Lookout Point, leaving Faith Penhale to take control of the business.  Vaughan is exiting his role as chairman and joint-CEO of the BBC Studios-owned prodco after 10 years.  Penhale, who previously served as creative director and joint-CEO, will be the sole head of the business.   Founded […]

BBC Studios takes 100% control of Lookout Point

BBC Studios has increased its stake in indie scripted studio Lookout Point to 100%, in line with an option agreed in 2016. Following completion, Lookout Point will continue to be led by joint CEOs, Simon Vaughan and Faith Penhale, and will operate independently. Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Studios, said: “Increasing our investment enables us to […]

War & Peace firm gets MD, Endemol Shine exec

War & Peace producer Lookout Point has upped commercial director Damian Keogh to managing director, and hired a head of business affairs from Endemol Shine Group. Damian joined the UK-based producer in February 2016 from the BBC’s commercial sales arm, BBC Worldwide (BBCWW), which has a 49% stake in the business. In a new role […]

BBC, HBO order Wainwright drama

The BBC and HBO have co-commissioned an eight-part drama from scribe Sally Wainwright about the life of 19th century landowner Anne Lister. Shibden Hall is set in Britain’s Industrial Revolution, following the unlikely story of Anne Lister, a real-life Halifax industrialist who dressed like a man and planned to marry a wealthy woman as part […]

Canadian LGBT net buys The Collection

Canadian specialty net Out TV has acquired The Collection, Amazon and France Télévisions’ period fashion drama. The series was part-funded by BBC Worldwide, which sells it internationally and struck the Canadian deal. LGBTQ-skewed pay TV net Out TV has first-window rights to the show, which was made by Worldwide-backed UK prodco Lookout Point and Pascal […]

PBS boards BBC newspaper biz drama

US pubcaster PBS has come onboard upcoming BBC One six-part drama Press. The series – from Deep Indigo, Lookout Point and BBC Studios – will premiere on the PBS Masterpiece strand after a deal with BBC Worldwide, with PBS’s Rebecca Eaton now an executive producer. Press is set in the world of contemporary newspapers, incorporating […]

BBCWW, Cohen form funding initiative

BBC Worldwide, Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment and UK indie Lookout Point have created a premium drama funding initiative aimed at taking projects straight to series. The operation will be known as Benchmark Television. While it is not a production entity, it will commission projects from third-party producers and writing talent. BBCWW, the BBC’s commercial arm, […]

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