Lookout Point


‘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, […]

BBCWW ups stake in War and Peace prodco

BBC Worldwide now owns 49% of Lookout Point after buying up more of the War and Peace prodco. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster also has an option to take full control of the producer as part of the new deal. Worldwide has been investing in indies, in turn securing it rights for the […]

BBCWW backs Alex Graham, Michael Jackson firm

BBC Worldwide has bought a minority stake in Two Cities Television, a new drama indie that Alex Graham and Michael Jackson have established. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster will gain global distribution rights across platforms for all Two Cities-produced shows over a five-year period in return. UK trade Broadcast broke the news this […]

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