Lookout Point

Lookout Point names joint-CEO’s to replace Pathe-bound Faith Penhale

Gentleman Jack producer Lookout Point has named Laura Lankester and Will Johnston as its new joint-CEO’s, ahead of Faith Penhale’s move to Pathe. Lankester and Johnston have worked togetehr for the past decade, most recently as executive producers at Lookout Point, which is owned by BBC Studios. The promotions come two weeks after Penhale revealed […]

Pathe hires Lookout Point CEO Faith Penhale to lead move into TV series

Selma and Philomena producer Pathe has hired Lookout Point CEO Faith Penhale to lead its UK-based production arm into TV series. Penhale will become MD of Pathe Productions from 1 March 2023, with incumbent Cameron McCracken stepping down to take up the newly created role of head of film. Her immediate focus will be Pathe […]

South Africa’s M-Net preps crime drama with BBCS’s Lookout Point

BBC Studios (BBCS)-owned Lookout Point and South Africa’s MultiChoice Studios have partnered on a five-part crime drama set in Cape Town. Devil’s Peak, which has been written and created by Matthew Orton, is based on Deon Meyer’s 2004 bestseller, which is the first in the series of novels centered on Detective Benny Griessel. Multichoice recently worked with Meyer […]

HBO ditches ‘Gentleman Jack’ leaving BBC hit show’s future uncertain

HBO has cancelled Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack, leaving its UK-based coproduction partner the BBC unsure about the show’s future. The drama, which was produced by BBC Studios-owned Lookout Point, starred Suranne Jones as nineteenth-century landowner and industrialist Anne Lister. The first season was a major hit for the BBC, with the show receiving a second season commission less than […]

Fox in Turkey strikes first ‘Happy Valley’ remake order

Turkish free-to-air broadcaster Fox has become the first company to order a local version of BBC drama Happy Valley. The series, which will be known locally as Son Nefesime Kadar, will be produced by local prodco Pastel Film and is being adapted by Hatice Meryem, who has previously adapted Shameless and Desperate Housewives. The series […]

BBC comedy chief Shane Allen departs to launch Boffola Pictures

The BBC’s director & head of comedy commissioning Shane Allen is leaving the UK pubcaster to launch a new prodco, backed by BBC Studios-owned Lookout Point. Boffola Pictures, which has been founded by Allen and recently departed BBC commissioner Kate Daughton, will specialise in scripted comedy and comedy drama for the UK and international markets. […]

Disney+ unveils initial UK scripted slate in European originals push

Disney+ has unveiled its first slate of scripted UK originals, including a swashbuckling adventure, a post-heist thriller and a super-powered comedy. Two of the productions will be Star-branded originals while the other will be a Disney-branded original, with the commissions forming part of the company’s commitment to source, develop and produce 50 original productions in […]

Acorn TV takes exclusive rights to BBC & Netflix drama ‘A Suitable Boy’

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV has snagged exclusive North American premiere rights to BBC drama A Suitable Boy. The deal was brokered by producer Lookout Point (War And Peace) and BBC Studios, which has owned the prodco outright since 2018. Acorn TV will premiere the series to audiences in the US and Canada from 7 December. A […]

Drama round-up: ‘Romulus’ expands into new territories; Lookout Point options ‘Big Girl Small Town’; France Télévisions sees ‘Little Coincidences’

‘Romulus’ expands into new territories Broadcasters in Germany, Russia and Greece have acquired historical epic Romulus in pre-launch sales deals with ITV Studios that extend the series reach to 44 territories. Produced by ITV Studios-owned Cattleya, Sky and Groenlandia, the Latin-language drama has been acquired by Deutsche Telekom for its MagentaTV OTT service in Germany, […]

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