Lookout Point

BBC Wales drama chief to join War & Peace prodco

BBC Wales head of drama Faith Penhale (pictured) will join the prodco behind upcoming drama War & Peace, Lookout Point, as joint CEO. Starting in February 2016, she will work alongside Lookout Point founder and co-chief executive Simon Vaughan to develop the firm’s original drama slate. She currently oversees the BBC Drama department behind shows […]

Amazon gives Ripper Street two more seasons

Having rescued UK drama Ripper Street, Amazon has now committed to two more seasons of the period detective series. Amazon stepped in when the BBC said it was cancelling Ripper Street after two series and co-funded a third season, which launched on its Prime Instant Video service last November. The SVOD service has the first […]

BBC Worldwide buys into Lookout Point

BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in drama producer Lookout Point. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster the BBC, and Lookout Point have inked a five-year distribution and coproduction pact as part of the deal. The UK-based prodco, which was founded by Simon and Justine Vaughan in 2009, and Worldwide have worked […]

Amazon resurrects Ripper Street

Amazon’s UK streaming service is resurrecting Ripper Street, the period crime drama that UK public broadcaster the BBC recently cancelled. However, the BBC and Amazon have now agreed to co-fund a third season of the show and it will debut on the Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the UK (fka Lovefilm). US cable channel […]

BBC cancels Ripper Street after ratings trouncing

UK pubcaster the BBC has cancelled Ripper Street before the end of its second season after ratings took a tumble up against tough competition from ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. The Tiger Aspect-produced crime drama series, set in Victorian London, was been chopped “to make room for creative renewal”, the BBC […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]