Lookout Point has taken a founding stake in Boffola Pictures, the new production company from the former Director and Head of BBC comedy commissioning, Shane Allen and Kate Daughton.

The new outfit will specialise in scripted comedy and comedy drama for the UK and International markets.

The duo plan to create a range of high-profile shows which capitalise on the rising global appeal of British comedy, with the potential to work across the full spectrum of channels, platforms and audiences, and harnessing their relationships with A list talent and media outlets around the world.

Allen, also formerly head of Channel 4 comedy, and Daughton have collaborated with some of the biggest names in UK comedy including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Robert Popper, Peter Kay, Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Brooker, and have helped nurture a raft of award-winning series, many of which have gone onto major international success, such as Fleabag, This Country, Black Mirror, The Inbetweeners Movie, Ghosts, Back to Life and Friday Night Dinner.

Lookout Point, led by Faith Penhale and owned by BBC Studios, will take a founding stake in Boffola Pictures and provide commercial and strategic support. Lookout Point took its first steps into the comedy genre last year with the hiring of Pippa Brown, who continues to spearhead the company’s own comedy slate.  BBC Studios will be the global distribution partner for all content developed by Boffola Pictures.

Faith Penhale, CEO of Lookout Point, said: “Shane and Kate really are the best in the business. As their truly spectacular list of credits proves, they have an unerring eye for the most brilliant, original talent and they know how to turn great ideas into era-defining, world-conquering shows. It is a privilege to be joining forces with them as they take this exciting next step together.

Jon Creamer