Wishful Thinking is the personal creative development company founded by Simon Vaughan. Simon’s career of executive and non-executive production has spanned over three decades and he has played an instrumental role in producing some of Britain’s most notable television dramas, as well as feature films, animation, radio and musicals. Using this heritage of experience and relationships, Wishful Thinking creates and develops film, TV, music, theatre and other intellectual property.
Simon Vaughan is a veteran of TV drama. Having started his career as a child actor, most notably starring at Freddie Mainwaring in the original Grange Hill, Simon began to shift his focus towards building production companies of various forms of content. Over several decades, Simon developed his craft and oversaw the successes of many notable productions. In 2009 he founded the company Lookout Point. At Lookout Point, Vaughan instigated and oversaw an impressive raft of prestigious projects including War and Peace, Les Miserables, Ripper Street, Gentleman Jack and A Suitable Boy. Vaughan has a reputation for delivering global drama and working regularly with high end British writing talent including high profile projects written by Andrew Davies, Sally Wainwright, Julian Fellowes, Mike Bartlett and Tom Stoppard. After his ten-year partnership with the BBC, during which the company became the BBC’s first wholly acquired independent production company and a mainstay of their drama productions, Simon parted ways with Lookout Point. Since then Simon has been developing his musical production company Wishful Thinking Musicals as part of the wider creative development company, Wishful Thinking.