Charles Finch (British businessman)

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Charles Finch
Born
Charles Peter George Thomas Ingle-Finch

(1962-08-15) 15 August 1962 (age 56)
London
NationalityBritish
EducationGordonstoun (a UK "public school")
OccupationBusinessman and film producer
Parents
RelativesGeorge Ingle-Finch (grandfather)

Charles P. Finch (born 15 August 1962) is a British businessman involved in brand-building, food, and entertainment. Finch is the CEO of the brand development and investment company Finch + Partners, global chairman of Dean & DeLuca, partner with Pharrell Williams in Williams Family Kitchen, and a film producer.

Early life and family[edit]

Born Charles Peter George Thomas Ingle-Finch, Charles Finch is the son of the actor Peter Finch (born Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch, most known for his role as the crazed anchorman Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network) and grandson of the chemist and mountaineer George Ingle-Finch. Finch was raised in Jamaica and France and schooled at Gordonstoun, a "public school" in Scotland. His mother was the South-African, British born actress and writer Yolande Turner (real name Yolande Turnbull).[1]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Finch has been an executive producer of 17 feature films, has written six feature films and, in his early career, he directed and wrote three films.[citation needed]

Finch wrote and directed the 1988 fantasy film Priceless Beauty, and the 1991 thriller Where Sleeping Dogs Lie. He wrote, directed and acted in the 1998 film Never Ever.

Films Finch has produced include Bad Girls (1994), which starred Andie MacDowell and Drew Barrymore and was co-written by his mother Yolande Turner; and Spider (2002), which starred Ralph Fiennes and was directed by David Cronenberg.[2]

In 2008 Finch was executive producer on Battle for Haditha, a dramatisation of the Haditha massacre of 2005, in which 24 unarmed Iraqi men, women and children were killed by United States Marines. The film was directed by Nick Broomfield and aired on Channel 4. It was awarded the Grierson Award for Best Drama Documentary.[3]

In 2014, Finch teamed up with Nick Broomfield again, as executive producer on Tales of the Grim Sleeper, which was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[4] He was also executive producer on Broomfield's 2017 documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me.[5]

Finch was also executive producer on the 2017 documentary Love, Cecil, a portrait of the photographer Cecil Beaton, directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland.[6]

In 2014 Finch was developing Custom of the Country, an eight-part adaption of the Edith Wharton novel, under his film and TV company Pink Sands, which has a production deal with Sony Entertainment.[7][8] It was announced in 2017 that Scarlett Johansson would star in the series.

Business[edit]

After a 10-year career of writing, directing and producing films, Finch joined the William Morris Agency in 1997 as Head of International Operations. He was responsible for working with artists including Kevin Spacey, John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett and Kristin Scott-Thomas, as well as corporate clients including Granada, BBC, Carlton, Pearson, Channel 4.[9]

In 2005, Finch founded Finch + Partners, a London and Paris-based media company. In 2014, offices of Finch + Partners were opened in Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Alongside developing and financing brands that the company owns, Finch + Partners also advises other global brands, entertainment companies, celebrated individuals and philanthropic organisations on brand development, product endorsement, events and marketing.[10][11] Clients include DIOR, Chanel, Armani, Pernod Ricard, LVMH, PACE, Jaeger-Le Coultre, Cartier, Gucci, Mulberry as well as consumer brands such as Kleenex, Aviva, BT and BA.[12] Finch + Partners has also raised investment capital and sponsorship funds for cultural institutions, start-ups and charities.

Finch started a leisure and swimwear brand, Chucs Dive & Mountain Shop.[13] Chucs Bar and Grill opened in August 2014 on Dover Street.[14] In 2014, Finch sold a majority stake in Chucs to Oakley Capital. He remains a shareholder and on the board of directors of the subsidiary.

In the spring of 2015, Finch became a shareholder and vice-chairman of the upscale grocery retailers Dean & DeLuca. Subsequently, in 2016, he became worldwide Chairman, with the aim of further developing and expanding the brand globally.[15] Under his chairmanship, Dean & DeLuca has partnered with the musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams to develop the Williams Family Kitchen line of products.

Finch has interests in a number of companies. He is on the board of Assouline, a luxury book publisher, and of the fashion house Giles Deacon. He is also a shareholder and on the board of the film-streaming platform Mubi.[16]

Publishing[edit]

In 2009, Finch started Finch's Quarterly Review with Nick Foulkes and Tristram Fetherstonhaugh.[17][18] The paper is distributed in London, New York, Los Angeles and Paris.

In 2016, Finch released the book The Night Before BAFTA in 2016.[19][20][21][22][23] This coffee table book focused on his annual and infamous Pre-BAFTA party, and was published by Assouline.[24][25][26]

Finch established the Finch Publishing group in 2018. The author and columnist Matthew d'Ancona is its editor-in-chief, and Peter Hoskin is its Deputy Editor.

The first new title planned to be released by Finch Publishing is Drugstore Culture, an online and print magazine devoted to politics and the arts. Following a preview issue published in July 2018, it is planned to be launched fully in September 2018.

The company also produces the food podcast Live from Prince Street, which has had more than 100,000 downloads and has included stories from well-known chefs.[27][not in citation given]

Press attention[edit]

Finch has been a contributing columnist for GQ,[28] the Financial Times and Esquire. He has been featured on Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List three times.[29]

In November 2017, Finch appeared on the cover of I-M magazine.[30] In the interview, he said that if he could find the time, he would like to direct films again.

Filmography[edit]

Producer[edit]

Writer[edit]

Actor[edit]

Appearance as self[edit]

Director[edit]

Special thanks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jardine, Cassandra (4 January 2001). "'Compete with my father? I'll do better'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Spider (2002) Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ "The Grierson Awards 2008: Winners". The Grierson Trust. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  4. ^ Gettell, Oliver (2 December 2014). "Oscars: 'Citizenfour', 'Grim Sleeper' among 15 films on doc shortlist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Love, Cecil (2017) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  7. ^ Diderich, Joelle (May 16, 2015). "Cannes Stars Flock to Charles Finch Dinner". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (7 October 2014). "Scarlett Johansson To Star In 'Custom Of The Country' Limited Series For Sony TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Mr Charles Finch". Mr Porter. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Inside the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-Bafta Party". Harper's Bazaar. 8 February 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  11. ^ Edwardes, Charlotte (2 September 2013). "Everyone's so frickin' straight now. No one can have an affair. No one smokes. It's so boring!". Evening Standard. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Home". Finch & Partners.
  13. ^ "There's none like Chucs". Esquire. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2017.[dead link]
  14. ^ Gill, A. A. (24 August 2014). "Table Talk: Chucs Bar & Grill". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Dean & DeLuca". CharlesFinch.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015.
  16. ^ Gardner, Chris (16 May 2017). "Meet Charles Finch, the Ultimate Cannes Party Host You Need to Know". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  17. ^ "About Finch's Quarterly Review". Finch's Quarterly Review official website. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Finch's Quarterly Review". Fetherstonhaugh. Archived from the original on 15 May 2015.
  19. ^ Whitworth, Damian (4 February 2016). "The man with the golden Rolodex: Charles Finch – the host with the most". The Times. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Jazz Shapers with Elliot Moss". Jazz FM. 6 February 2016. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016.
  21. ^ Conti, Samantha (14 February 2016). "Party Animal: Charles Finch Talks About 17 Years of Pre-BAFTA Bashes". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  22. ^ L'Heureux, Catie (13 February 2016). "Inside London's Most Exclusive Celebrity Hangout". New York. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  23. ^ "A legendary Bafta party". The Daily Telegraph. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  24. ^ Neel, Julia (14 February 2016). "Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio Join Charles Finch For Pre-BAFTA Dinner". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  25. ^ Crawley, Joanna (13 February 2016). "Julianne Moore shows some skin in stunning sheer lace dress as she mingles with BAFTA nominees at star-studded cocktail party in London". Mail Online. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  26. ^ Tetteh, Sarah (14 February 2016). "Rosamund Pike is radiant in monochrome lace cut-out dress as she rocks the red carpet at prestigious pre-BAFTA bash". Mail Online. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  27. ^ Flicker, Jonah (30 December 2016). "5 of the best food podcasts of 2016". CNN.
  28. ^ "GQ's 50 best-dressed men 2017". GQ. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  29. ^ "The 2008 International Best-Dressed Poll". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  30. ^ "Charles P. Finch – From Hollywood to Mayfair on a horse with a flaming saddle". I-M. Retrieved 12 December 2017.

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