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JOANNA BETTS PA to CEO and COO

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Joanna joined Lookout Point in 2021 as PA to Faith Penhale and Saul Venit. Prior to joining Lookout Point, Joanna worked as an actress in film, TV and theatre, appearing in productions such as Casualty and Emmerdale. In between acting jobs, Joanna also worked as a PA across a variety of industries, before deciding to make the permanent switch into production. Joanna graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA in Acting.

EMMA BLAUCIAK Script Editor

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Emma began her television career at Hat Trick Productions before working freelance in scripted and production departments on Heyday Television’s The Capture and NBCU/Amblin Television’s adaptation of Brave New World. She joined Lookout Point in 2019 to work on Sally Wainwright’s Last Tango In Halifax 5, and is currently script editing Gentleman Jack Series 2 alongside other projects. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Warwick.

CHRISSIE BROADWAY Production Executive

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Chrissie has worked in production for companies including Baby Cow, NBCUniversal and Carnival Films and across programmes such as Downton Abbey, Alan Partridge, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, The Durrells and Killing Eve. Prior to joining Lookout Point, Chrissie was Production Executive at Sid Gentle Films Ltd, joining shortly after their first commission to create an in-house production structure. Chrissie worked across all of Sid’s productions from development to delivery, as well as created Sid’s policies, manuals and templates for productions.

PIPPA BROWN Creative Director, Comedy

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Pippa Brown is a comedy Producer and writer. Pippa joined from Tiger Aspect Productions where she was Creative Director, Comedy who most recently co-wrote and Executive Produced BBC1 comedy The Other One (BBC1).  Her previous producing credits include Bounty Hunters (Sky), Bad Education (BBC3), The Bad Education Movie, Rose D’Or winning Psychobitches (Sky Arts), Kathy Burke’s Walking and Talking (Sky Atlantic), Julia Davis’s Little Cracker (Sky One), Julian Barratt’s Little Cracker (Sky One), Sam Simmons’ Channel 4 Comedy Blap and Sky Short. Starting out in production, Pippa was fortunate enough to work on award winning shows including Pulling and Monkey Dust.

MARY BURROWS Head of Legal and Business Affairs

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Mary joined Lookout Point in 2019. Prior to joining Lookout Point she was a partner in media law firm Lee and Thompson where she acted for international studio & platforms, TV production companies and actors. Prior to Lee and Thompson, Mary was Head of Legal and Business Affairs (Drama and Scripted Comedy) at FremantleMedia. Mary is a UK-qualified solicitor, a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

CHARLEY CARSON Production Coordinator

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Charley started her career as an English teacher on the Teach First programme before moving into TV in 2019. Since then she’s worked freelance in production on shows such as I Hate Suzie, This Way Up and Atlanta. She joined Lookout Point in 2021 and now works across their exciting slate of shows. In her own time, she still reads anything and everything.

KASSI CHALK Development Executive

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Kassi joined Lookout Point as Development Assistant in 2017 and then went on to script edit Andrew Davies’ adaptation of A Suitable Boy. Kassi now nurtures a wide range of projects across Lookout Point’s slate with new and established talent. Her career in development started 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.

HUGH DAVIES Marketing Director

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Hugh oversees the marketing of all Lookout Point’s dramas, working with partners to generate standout global campaigns, building programme brands from early development stages, and leading on company comms. After starting out as a strategic planner in advertising, Hugh moved to the BBC in 2009, where he became Head of Marketing, Drama, overseeing campaigns for some of the most talked about shows of recent years including Sherlock, The Night Manager, Peaky Blinders, Taboo, The Missing, Luther, Doctor Foster, and War and Peace. Most recently, he was Head of Marketing and Audiences for BBC Studios.

KATIE DRAPER Executive Producer

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Katie joined Lookout Point as an Executive Producer in March 2020 to develop a diverse slate of projects with emerging and established creative talent. Before joining the company, Katie was a Creative Director at Playground where she was responsible for overseeing the company’s extensive slate, including the development of Ben Vanstone’s revival of All Creatures Great and Small for C5 and Harriet Warner’s forthcoming Dangerous Liaisons. Prior to this Katie worked in development at Kudos and Tiger Aspect, where she script edited the Bafta-nominated first series of My Mad Fat Diary for E4, Peaky Blinders for BBC2 and Fortitude for Sky Atlantic.

LUCY DU BOULAY Head of Production Finance

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Lucy joined Lookout Point in November 2021 having previously worked for Tiger Aspect Productions since 2004, both as a Production Account and later as the Production Finance Manager. She has worked on a big range of projects across Comedy, Drama, Entertainment, Factual as well as Kids & Family. As Production Finance Manager, Lucy was involved in all scripted projects including The A Word (BBC), Good Karma Hospital (ITV), Peaky Blinders (BBC), Ripper Street (BBC), Bounty Hunters (Sky) & The Other One (BBC).

MIRANDA FLOY Operations Manager

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Miranda started out in theatre, performing in the UK and Europe. Later she worked in the civil service and in the City before returning to drama and moving into television. At Lookout Point she runs the office of Faith Penhale. She has a degree in Drama from the University of Manchester and an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick.

TOM GILLESPIE Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager

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Prior to joining Lookout Point in October 2020, Tom worked for TVA, where he provided business affairs services to production companies on the development, production and distribution of award-winning TV content across multiple programming genres. Preceding TVA, Tom provided legal and business affairs services at SmithDehn LLP, and was a lawyer in the International Legal Affairs department at T-Mobile. Tom trained as a lawyer with Eversheds Sutherland and has been qualified to practice since 2013. Originally from Derry, he is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and completed a post-graduate course in Law and Business of Film and Television at Ulster University.

COLIN HOPKINS Financial Controller

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Colin joined Lookout Point in 2018, having worked previously at Tiger Aspect Productions and eOne Features. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010, becoming a Manager in the media department of a Soho-based accountancy firm, where he worked closely with several UK film and TV production companies, as well as a number of high-profile British actors, producers and film directors. He has a degree in History from the University of Manchester.

TAMMY INCLES Legal and Business Affairs Executive

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Tammy spent 4 years at the start of her career working in the publishing sector, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. She spent 13 years practising litigation, as well as running a small retail business for 8 years. After a short break at home looking after her children, she joined Lookout Point to assist the Business Operations and Business Affairs teams. She has a degree in History from Trinity College, Dublin.

WILL JOHNSTON Executive Producer

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Will is an Executive Producer on the second series of Gentleman Jack, as well as new and returning series slated for production in 2022. Previously as Executive Producer he supervised the shoot of A Suitable Boy on location in India. Will joined Lookout Point in 2016 and has worked across Sally Wainwright and Andrew Davies’ series for the company, balanced alongside new projects from established and emerging voices. His career in development began as an Action! Intern for Working Title Films.

CELIYA KOSTER Development Editor

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Celiya Koster, as our development editor at Lookout Point, works closely with the development team across our ambitious drama slate. Alongside assisting to identifying emerging writing talent and ideas with potential. Celiya first joined the company as part of our office runner scheme in 2017, which she began after graduating from City, University of London with a First-Class Honours in Cultural and Creative Industries. Before joining Lookout Point, Celiya gained editorial experience as editor of print publication Typical Girls.

LAURA LANKESTER Creative Director / Executive Producer

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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 successful drama slate, including Andrew Davies’ BAFTA-nominated War & Peace. At Lookout Point, Laura has Script Produced Les Misérables and Executive Produced Sally Wainwright’s critically acclaimed Gentleman Jack, Series 5 of Last Tango in Halifax and the forthcoming adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair.

SOJO MCKENZIE Office Assistant

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Sojo joined Lookout Point in 2021 and supports the team across productions. She has MA in Screenwriting from London College of Communication and began her career as a script reader for Kindle Entertainment. She was also an editor and writer for The F-Word Magazine.

AGNES MEATH BAKER Development Executive

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Agnes works across the Lookout Point slate to develop a diverse range of television projects with both established and emerging writing talent. Agnes first joined the team in 2018 to script edit Andrew Davies’ acclaimed adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Prior to Lookout Point, Agnes represented a broad list of writers and directors as an agent at Curtis Brown. She began her career at DNA Films, working on projects including Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From the Madding Crowd, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and Annihilation.

STELLA MERZ Development Producer

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Stella is currently producing the second series of Gentleman Jack. She also continues to be actively engaged as a development producer in nurturing projects on the slate with a wide range of exciting voices. Since joining Lookout Point in 2016, she has worked on drama series including Mike Bartlett’s Press, Andrew Davies’ adaptation of A Suitable Boy, and Last Tango in Halifax 5 and Gentleman Jack, both with Sally Wainwright.

LOUISE MUTTER Head of Production

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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.

NATASHA NEILL Finance Director

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Natasha is Finance Director 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.

FAITH PENHALE CEO

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Since the start of her career Faith has specialised in producing era-defining shows across every drama genre; from a BAFTA-winning EastEnders run to Andrew Davies’ seminal adaptation of War & Peace, described as “the greatest costume drama of the decade.” In ten years at Kudos she was part of the pioneering team that helped redefine mainstream drama and establish one of the UK’s most successful indies, with production credits there including the multi-award winning and global hit espionage drama Spooks. Faith ran BBC Wales Drama from 2011-2016, where she had a slate that included the global phenomenon Sherlock and the iconic, much-loved Doctor Who helmed by Steven Moffat and celebrating its 50th year to huge audiences and critical acclaim. She also oversaw the expansion of the division into Roath Lock, the state of the art Cardiff based multi studio operation and her time there culminated in staging the epic, BAFTA-nominated War and Peace on location across Russia and Lithuania.

 

From there she joined Lookout Point where, as CEO, she spearheaded the transformation of the business from financier to fully-fledged, creatively driven production company known for working with the very best talent to produce highly authored scripted series with scale, ambition and global impact. Recent production credits include the ground-breaking adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy from Andrew Davies and Mira Nair for BBC and Netflix, and Davies’ masterful take on Les Misérables starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins. She manages a vibrant slate, including Sally Wainwright’s hugely successful, RTS-winning and BAFTA nominated returning series Gentleman Jack for the BBC and HBO and upcoming new Disney+ series The Ballad of Renegade Nell. In keeping with her vision to grow the company into a powerhouse in the global scripted market, she recently oversaw an investment in Shane Allen and Kate Daughton’s new indie Boffola Pictures.

AJAY SISODIYA Development Assistant

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Ajay graduated with a degree in Law before pursuing a career in TV. He earned a place on Edinburgh TV Festival’s ‘The Network’ programme as well as gaining a place on Endemol Shine’s Brightbulb internship scheme. He has worked as a Development Researcher at Hello Halo, developing up a range of shows from dating formats to documentaries. He has a passion for writing, reading and mountain climbing.

SAUL VENIT Chief Operating Officer

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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.

ALEX VYVYAN Legal and Business Affairs Executive

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Alex joined Lookout Point in 2021 as part of the Legal and Business Affairs team. Prior to joining Lookout Point, Alex completed her training contract with Simkins LLP, a media and entertainment law firm. Alex has a degree in English literature from Trinity College, Dublin and attended BPP law school in London.

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