Team

Team

 

SIMON VAUGHAN - Chairman and Joint CEO

Simon has over 25 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 and varying 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 and BAFTA-nominated adaptation of War and Peace. Faith worked for ten years at Kudos before she joined BBC Wales as Head of Drama in 2011. 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. Faith was most recently Executive Producer on Sally Wainwright’s single drama about the lives of the Brontë sisters, To Walk Invisible, for BBC One.

FAITH PENHALE - Joint CEO and Creative Director

 

SAUL VENIT - Chief Operating Officer

Saul joined Lookout Point as COO following BBC Worldwide’s acquisition of an equity stake in the company 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 - Commercial Director

Damian is responsible for all commercial operations at Lookout Point, 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. Before starting work in television, Damian was a radio presenter and producer working for BBC Radio Oxford and Jazz FM.

DAMIAN KEOGH - Commercial Director

 

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 is responsible for overseeing the growth of Lookout Point’s slate, as well as executive producing shows in production. She began her career working with Andrew Davies on BBC2’s The Line of Beauty and 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 range of drama with some of the UK’s most exciting writers, including Andrew Davies’ BAFTA-nominated War and Peace, which she also script produced.

LAURA LANKESTER - Executive Producer and Director of Development

 

SEB SHORR - Head of Business Affairs

Seb is Head of Business Affairs at Lookout Point. He is a qualified lawyer and began his career in the City, first with Hogan Lovells and then Shearman & Sterling, before going on to join specialist TV business affairs consultancy Industry Media. At Industry, Seb worked with various leading indies across all aspects of development, financing, production and distribution of TV drama and comedy.

SEB SHORR - Head of Business Affairs

 

JAMES GREEN - Finance Director

James is responsible for all aspects of finance at Lookout Point. He joined the company as Finance Director following nearly 7 years at Banijay UK in a variety of roles. These started at the children’s television and animation company, The Foundation TV Productions, before moving to group level positions covering companies in UK, Belgium, Netherlands and India across all genres. Prior to this, he trained as an auditor at BDO UK where he gained his ACA qualification.

JAMES GREEN - Finance Director

 

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 - Development Script Editor

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 - Development Script Editor

 

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

 

EMILY FINCH - Marketing and Sales Coordinator

Emily looks after marketing activity for the company whilst assisting Damian Keogh on the commercial side. She joined from Atlantic Productions, where she ran the executive office and built experience in TV press and marketing on productions including David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef and David Attenborough meets President Obama. Emily holds a degree in Politics from the University of Durham.

EMILY FINCH - Marketing and Sales Coordinator

 

ANNA FYWELL - PA to Faith Penhale and Development Coordinator, Benchmark TV

Anna is the first point of contact for Faith Penhale and coordinator for Benchmark Television submissions. Prior to this, Anna worked at The Agency for a year and, before that, gained experience at various drama companies (Kudos, Red, Carnival) as well as on set. Alongside work experience, Anna also directed her own short film. She holds a degree in History of Art from the University of Leeds.

ANNA FYWELL - PA to Faith Penhale and Development Coordinator, Benchmark TV

 

AMY SHARMAN - PA to Chris Carey and Office Assistant

Amy organises Chris Carey’s diary and maintains the smooth running of the office while providing support to all members of staff at Lookout Point. Prior to this, she was a freelance production coordinator/manager working in film. She recently received a Production Manager credit for Mum’s List, a film based on the bestselling novel by St John Greene. She holds a degree in Film Production Technology from Staffordshire University.

AMY SHARMAN - PA to Chris Carey and Office Assistant