Faith Penhale, decorated TV drama producer and CEO of Gentleman Jack indie Lookout Point, is leaving the BBC Studios-backed outfit to head up Pathe Productions, with Cameron McCracken stepping down to Head of Film.
Penhale replaces McCracken, who after 23 years with Pathe will now report to Penhale. McCracken will continue to manage the production and distribution of the film slate including the likes of Richard Eyre’s Allellujah and the Michael Caine-starring The Great Escaper.
In the newly-created role, Penhale will be focused on leading Pathe UK’s expansion into TV drama.
The hire is a signature one. She has been CEO of one of the UK’s biggest drama indies for the past couple of years, since the departure of Simon Vaughan in 2020. She has overseen the likes of Gentleman Jack, Les Miserables, Happy Valley and War and Peace, all for the BBC.
“Pathe is iconic,” said Penhale, pointing to 70 BAFTA and 50 Oscar nominations during McCracken’s tenure including Slumdog Millionaire and Philomena. “The opportunity to build on this unparalleled history – to be the most exceptional, talent focussed, 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.”
Pathe Films President Ardavan Safaee hailed Penhale’s “extraordinary skills and experience that will lead Pathe into the world of scripted television – our new primary focus in the UK.”
“Her track record and her will to continue what Cameron has been building for many years, is in perfect alignment with Pathe’s ongoing efforts to be the natural home for the very best talents,” he added.