Faith Penhale to Become Managing Director of Pathé UK


Pathé has tapped Faith Penhale, currently the CEO of Gentleman Jack producer Lookout Point, to serve as managing director of its U.K. operation.

In her new role—effective March 1, 2023—Penhale’s immediate focus will be on leading Pathé UK’s expansion into television drama.

After 23 years with Pathé, Cameron McCracken will be stepping down as managing director to assume the newly created role of head of film, reporting to Penhale.

“Pathé is iconic,” said Penhale, “setting the bar for the highest quality filmmaking. It is amazing that during Cameron’s tenure, Pathe’s productions have been nominated for 70 BAFTAs and 50 Oscars, ranging from Slumdog Millionaire to Philomena and from The Queen to Selma. The opportunity to build on this unparalleled history—to be the most exceptional, talent-focused, proudly independent home for the best storytellers—was irresistible. I have had the most unforgettable seven years at Lookout Point and with BBC Studios, and while I am sad to be saying goodbye to many inspirational friends and colleagues, I can’t wait to get started on this next new chapter.”

Ardavan Safaee, president of Pathé Films, commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Faith, whose extraordinary skills and experience will lead Pathé into the world of scripted television—our new primary focus in the U.K. Her track record and her will to continue what Cameron has been building for many years, is in perfect alignment with Pathé’s ongoing efforts to be the natural home for the very best talents. We can’t wait for her to arrive and start building our new slate.”