Faith Penhale Becomes Sole CEO of Lookout Point


Lookout Point Chairman and Joint CEO Simon Vaughan is stepping down from his role after ten years, with Faith Penhale to serve as sole CEO.

Penhale, previously joint CEO and creative director, joined the company in 2016. She commented: “Simon has played a huge role in the building and success so far of Lookout Point. We all owe him a debt of gratitude and he will be missed. Looking forward, I am excited at the opportunity to create more unforgettable drama. We have ambitious projects on the go, a first-class team and the privilege of working with the best writers in the business.”

Founded in 2009 by Simon and Justine Vaughan, Lookout Point’s production credits include epic adaptations War & Peace and Les Misérables, both written by Andrew Davies; Sally Wainwright’s To Walk Invisible and forthcoming Gentleman Jack; and Press, written by Mike Bartlett. Davies’ adaptation of A Suitable Boy will go into production later this year.

Vaughan said: “It’s been ten years this year since we started the company and I couldn’t be prouder of all that Lookout Point has achieved in that time, but now felt like the right time to move on. I am very much looking forward to watching it grow and flourish under Faith’s inspiring leadership and as part of the BBC.”

Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Studios, said: “Simon’s time at Lookout Point has been characterized by an extremely high-quality body of work and exciting growth. He leaves with our heartfelt thanks and the very best of wishes for his next round of ventures and adventures. I am delighted that Faith will lead Lookout Point into its next stage. She heads a team that is now a proven force in production, with fantastic talent relationships, and a very promising pipeline for the future.”