Lookout Point continues to strengthen its drama production business with the appointment of Chris Carey (Apple Tree Yard, River, Run) to its creative team. Carey joins as an Executive Producer to develop a slate of new shows and to produce Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic, Les Miserables, for the BBC in partnership with BBC Studios and the Weinstein Company.
Chris is an Emmy award-winning producer and executive producer of high-end scripted drama and comedy for all the major broadcasters, with over 20 years’ experience in television. In 2008, he set up production company Welded Tandem, where he developed and produced the groundbreaking original comedy series This is Jinsy and comedy rock feature film Discoverdale. More recently, Chris produced Abi Morgan’s award-winning drama River, starring Stellan Skarsgard, and the highly acclaimed BBC One drama serial Apple Tree Yard, starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin, which is currently being aired.
Faith Penhale, Joint CEO of Lookout Point, said: “Chris is a highly talented and creative producer with an impeccable track record. I’m delighted he’s chosen to join us on our journey as we continue to strengthen Lookout Point’s production credentials.”
Chris Carey said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Faith and Simon at this exciting moment in Lookout Point’s evolution. Lookout Point is an extremely ambitious, dynamic company at the vanguard of the global drama market. There is a tremendous energy and deep commitment here to foster an environment where the leading creative talents in the world feel they can do their best work. It’s a great time to be working in UK Drama, and there’s nowhere more exciting to be working than at Lookout Point.”
Chris joins a busy development team whose recent co-production credits include the BBC’s landmark adaptation of War and Peace and the single drama, To Walk Invisible, written and directed by Sally Wainwright, which aired on BBC One over Christmas. As well as Les Misérables, other forthcoming projects include Mike Bartlett’s compelling newspaper drama, Press, a co-production with Nigel Stafford-Clark/Deep Indigo and BBC Studios for BBC ONE.
This news comes just a few weeks after the launch of Benchmark Television, a collaboration between Access Entertainment, BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point. Benchmark is a new initiative which will fast-track production of premium quality scripted drama for television audiences around the world. With an independent funding model, Benchmark will enable producers to have their scripted television series greenlit without first securing backing from any network or platform.
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