Team

Team

 

SIMON VAUGHAN - Chairman and Joint CEO

Simon has 30 years’ experience in television in a variety of roles including producer, executive producer, distributor and financier and has become renowned for his distinct creative-business skill set. Recent high profile projects include War and Peace, Ripper Street and Parade’s End all of which were nominated for BAFTA awards in the best drama category.

SIMON VAUGHAN - Chairman and Joint CEO

 

FAITH PENHALE - Joint CEO and Creative Director

Faith began her career in drama production over 20 years ago and has worked on a broad range of shows; from a BAFTA winning era of EastEnders, to the multi award winning espionage series Spooks, to more recently Andrew Davies’ critically acclaimed adaptation of War & Peace and the forthcoming adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic Les Miserables. Faith worked for ten years at Kudos before running BBC Wales Drama from 2011-2016. Her track record there included the global phenomenon Sherlock and much loved Doctor Who, amongst many other authored pieces collaborating with some of the UK’s most exciting writing talent. From there she joined Lookout Point where she is CEO and Creative Director and oversees a vibrant slate including Mike Bartlett’s Press and Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack.

FAITH PENHALE - Joint CEO and Creative Director

 

SAUL VENIT - Chief Operating Officer

Saul joined Lookout Point as COO in 2014 and is responsible for the broad range of Lookout Point’s business activities. Prior to working at Lookout Point, he was Director of Commercial and Legal Affairs at BBC Worldwide, a post that he reached after a 15-year career at the BBC and BBC Worldwide in the UK and US. He holds a degree in History from Cambridge University and qualified as a lawyer in 1998 in a law firm specialising in libel law and intellectual property.

SAUL VENIT - Chief Operating Officer

 

DAMIAN KEOGH - Managing Director

Damian is Managing Director at Lookout Point and is responsible for driving the commercial operations and strategic development of the company, having previously performed the role of Head of Drama at BBC Worldwide. He started his television career as a freelance producer with Flying Pictures and Pearson, where he worked on big factual and entertainment productions. Damian then joined and ran Skyworks, an independent production company making factual series for major UK and international broadcasters.

DAMIAN KEOGH - Managing Director

 

LOUISE MUTTER - Head of Production

Louise worked as a freelance Line Producer for a number of years on productions including Cops, Boudica, Messiah and Cracker. She also worked on the Roath Lock Studio build for BBC Wales and with the BBC drama team on relocating Casualty there from Bristol. She joined Lookout Point from Sky, where she was key to the delivery of its high-end Drama slate starting with Fortitude in 2014 and culminating most recently with Riviera. At Lookout Point she is Head of Production and oversees all of the company’s projects.

LOUISE MUTTER - Head of Production

 

NATASHA NEILL - Head of Finance

Natasha is Head of Finance at Lookout Point. She has spent 10 years working in the media industry with roles at KidsCave Entertainment and Entertainment One where she was Head of Finance for the Film Production division for 4 years, alongside Greenbird Media and Shine TV, now part of the Endemol Shine Group, where she was Financial Controller for 4 years. Before joining the media industry Natasha worked at Tottenham Hotspur qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2003.

NATASHA NEILL - Head of Finance

 

CHRIS CAREY - Executive Producer

Chris has been working in television for 20 years and has produced and executive produced multi award-winning, high-end scripted drama and comedy for all the major broadcasters. Recent credits include Apple Tree Yard and River for the BBC and Run for Channel 4. In 2008 he set up The Welded Tandem Picture Company where he developed and produced This Is Jinsy and Dirk Gently and won an International Emmy for the world’s first Arabic-language web drama Shankaboot.

CHRIS CAREY - Executive Producer

 

LAURA LANKESTER - Executive Producer and Director of Development

Laura began her career working with Andrew Davies on BBC2’s The Line of Beauty.  She went on to join Kudos where she was a script editor in both development and production, across a wide range of shows. In 2011, Laura became Head of Development for BBC Wales where she developed a diverse slate of drama, including Andrew Davies’ BAFTA-nominated War & Peace.  Laura has script produced Lookout Point’s Les Miserables and is currently executive producing Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack and Andrew Davies’ A Suitable Boy.

LAURA LANKESTER - Executive Producer and Director of Development

 

WILL JOHNSTON - Head of Development

Will works across the Lookout Point slate driving forward new developments, supporting existing projects and forging relationships with writers and the wider creative community. Previously, Will script edited To Walk Invisible for Sally Wainwright, after three years with BBC Wales Drama where he first started working with Faith, Laura and Andrew Davies script editing War and Peace. Will’s career in development began at Working Title Films, after reading English at Cambridge.

WILL JOHNSTON - Head of Development

 

STELLA MERZ - Script Executive

Stella supports the development of new and existing projects on the Lookout Point slate, and will script edit Sally Wainwright’s upcoming series Gentleman Jack and Andrew Davies’ adaptation of A Suitable Boy. Before joining Lookout Point, Stella worked with Michelle Archer in the Film and TV department at United Agents. She has a degree in History from the University of Edinburgh.

STELLA MERZ - Script Executive

 

SARA DURANTE - Business Operations Executive / EA to CEO & COO

Sara came to Lookout Point with a background in film production and development, having worked for various producers and directors in Europe and LA, as well as 5 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant at Paramount Pictures and for the Group CEO at Zodiak Media. At Lookout Point she is the Business Operations Executive and runs the offices of Simon Vaughan and Saul Venit. Sara holds a Communication Sciences degree from the University of Siena in her native Italy, as well as a Master’s Degree in The Economics and Management of Film and TV Companies.

SARA DURANTE - Business Operations Executive / EA to CEO & COO

 

KASSI CHALK - Development Assistant

Kassi joined Lookout Point to support the busy development team. After graduating from Cambridge University with a BA in English Literature, Kassi gained experience as a reader and researcher for Sister Pictures. Prior to this, Kassi toured Japan with a production of The Merchant of Venice while working as a theatre-in-education workshop leader.

KASSI CHALK - Development Assistant