Charles Finch (British businessman)
Charles Peter George Thomas Ingle-Finch
15 August 1962
|Education||Gordonstoun (a UK "public school")|
|Occupation||Businessman and film producer|
|Relatives||George Ingle-Finch (grandfather)|
Charles P. Finch (born 15 August 1962) is a British businessman, brand innovator & film producer involved in brand-building, food, and entertainment industries. Finch is the CEO of the brand development and investment company Finch + Partners, global former chairman of Dean & DeLuca (presiding over its collapse), partner with Pharrell Williams in Williams Family Kitchen, and a film producer.
Early life and family
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 (though not biological) 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).
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.
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.
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.
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. He was also executive producer on Broomfield's 2017 documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me.
Finch was also executive producer on the 2017 documentary Love, Cecil, a portrait of the photographer Cecil Beaton, directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland.
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. It was announced in 2017 that Scarlett Johansson would star in the series.
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.
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. 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. 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. Chucs Bar and Grill opened in August 2014 on Dover Street. 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. Under his chairmanship, Dean & DeLuca has partnered with the musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams to develop the Williams Family Kitchen line of products. Under his chairmanship Dean & Deluca suffered a complete business collapse, resulting in the closure of most of its stores. Finch quietly resigned to avoid continued identification with the brand.
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.
In 2016, Finch released the book The Night Before BAFTA in 2016. This coffee table book focused on his annual and infamous Pre-BAFTA party, and was published by Assouline.
- 1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (co-producer)
- 1994 Bad Girls (producer)
- 1995 The Maddening (executive producer)
- 2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager (executive producer)
- 2002 Spider (executive producer)
- 2004 Fat Slags (producer)
- 2006 The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa (short) (executive producer)
- 2006 His Big White Shelf (television documentary) (executive producer)
- 2006 Ghosts (executive producer)
- 2007 Battle for Haditha (executive producer)
- 2007 Ruby Blue (executive producer)
- 2008 Camille (executive producer)
- 2013 The Smile Man (short) (executive producer)
- 2014 The Gift (short) (executive producer)
- 2014 Jump! (short) (executive producer)
- 2014 Tales of the Grim Sleeper (documentary) (executive producer)
- 2016 Going Going Gone: Nick Broomfield's Disappearing Britain (documentary television series) (executive producer – two episodes)
- 2017 Whitney: Can I Be Me (documentary) (executive producer)
- 2017 Love, Cecil (documentary) (executive producer)
- 1988 Priceless Beauty (writer)
- 1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Li e (written by)
- 1994 Bad Girls (story)
- 1996 The Dentist (written by)
- 1996 Never Ever (written by)
- 1998 The Dentist 2 bBased on characters created by)
- 1986 Amazons (Timar)
- 1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (Evan Best)
- 1995 French Exit (TV show host)
- 1996 Never Ever (Thomas Murray)
Appearance as self
- 2014 Annabel's: A String of Naked Lightbulbs (documentary)
- 2002 Biggie and Tupac (documentary) (special thanks)
- 2003 Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (documentary) (special thanks)
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