Wishful Thinking is the creative development and production company owned by Simon and Justine Vaughan.
The company was initially formed to produce Goodbye Christopher Robin and has gradually evolved into a media boutique which creates and invests in rights and productions across film, television, music and theatre.
Simon has been in the film and TV business for 40 years, beginning his career as a child actor in BBC’s Grange Hill. Setting up his first production company at just 17, he has since performed a wide number of roles within the business including writer, producer, executive producer, distributor and financier, and has become recognised within the industry for his creative-business skillset.
Over 30+ years, Simon has been behind several hundreds of hours of drama with a combined total production budget in excess of £1 billion.
He founded UK-based production company Lookout Point in 2009, establishing a decade long relationship with the BBC Group, which now owns 100% of the company.
Recent credits include Andrew Davies’ adaptations of War and Peace and Les Miserables for BBC One, 5 seasons of Ripper Street for the BBC and Amazon, Parade’s End starring Benedict Cumberbatch for BBC and HBO, Mike Bartlett’s Press for BBC One and PBS, Sally Wainwright’s series Gentleman Jack for the BBC and HBO and the upcoming BBC adaptation of A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth.