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Lookout Point chief Penhale joins Pathé to lead push into TV drama

Faith Penhale is stepping down as CEO of BBC Studios-backed drama prodco Lookout Point to lead a push into TV drama at European film studio Pathé.

Faith Penhale

Penhale will join Pathé Productions Limited, the company’s UK operation, as MD on March 1 next year to lead an expansion into television drama.

Lookout Point is the UK drama producer behind series including Gentleman Jack, Les Miserables, Happy Valley and War & Peace.

Prior to joining the company in 2015 Penhale was head of drama for BBC Wales where her slate included Doctor Who, Sherlock and A Poet in New York.

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

McCracken will continue to manage the production and distribution of the film slate which includes Richard Eyre’s Allelujah and Oliver Parker’s The Great Escaper.

Pathé operates as a film studio in France, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland and is behind films including Slumdog Millionaire and Philomena.

Penhale said: “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.”


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