Charles Finch (British businessman)

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Charles Finch
Born
Charles Peter George Thomas Ingle-Finch

(1962-08-15) 15 August 1962 (age 58)
London
NationalityBritish
EducationGordonstoun
OccupationBusinessman and film producer
Parents
RelativesGeorge Ingle-Finch (grandfather)
Websitecharlesfinch.com

Charles P. Finch (born 15 August 1962) is a British businessman and film producer. Finch is the CEO of the brand development and investment company Finch + Partners, and former global chairman of Dean & DeLuca.

Early life and family[edit]

Born Charles Peter George Thomas Ingle-Finch, Finch is the son of the actor Peter Finch and grandson of the chemist and mountaineer George Ingle Finch. Finch was raised in Jamaica and France and schooled at Gordonstoun, in Scotland. His mother was the British-born South African actress and writer Yolande Turner.[1]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

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 was executive producer on Broomfield's 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]

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, and Channel 4.[7]

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.[8][9] Clients include DIOR, Chanel, Armani, Pernod Ricard, LVMH, PACE, Jaeger-Le Coultre, Cartier, Gucci, and Mulberry, as well as consumer brands such as Kleenex, Aviva, BT and BA.[10]

in 2011, Finch started a leisure and swimwear brand, Chucs Dive & Mountain Shop.[11] Chucs Bar and Grill opened in August 2014 on Dover Street.[12] 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.[13] Finch resigned from the board in February 2019.

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.[14]

Charles Finch x Chanel Pre BAFTA Dinner
Charles Finch x Chanel Pre BAFTA Dinner

Publishing[edit]

In 2009, Finch started Finch's Quarterly Review with Nicholas Foulkes and Tristram Fetherstonhaugh.[15][16] The quarterly ceased publication in 2012.[17]

In 2016, Finch released the book The Night Before BAFTA in 2016.[18][19][20] This coffee table book focused on his annual pre-BAFTA party, and was published by Assouline.[21]

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.[citation needed]

Finch has been a contributing columnist for GQ,[22] the Financial Times and Esquire. He has been included in Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List three times.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Producer[edit]

  • 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)
  • 2019 Marianne & Leonard - Nick Broomfield Documentary (executive producer)

Writer[edit]

  • 1988 Priceless Beauty
  • 1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Lie
  • 1994 Bad Girls (story)
  • 1996 The Dentist
  • 1996 Never Ever
  • 1998 The Dentist 2

Actor[edit]

  • 1986 Amazons (Timar)
  • 1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (Evan Best)
  • 1995 French Exit (TV show host)
  • 1996 Never Ever (Thomas Murray)

Appearance as self[edit]

  • 2014 Annabel's: A String of Naked Lightbulbs (documentary)

Director[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. ^ "Mr Charles Finch". Mr Porter. Archived from the original on 13 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Inside the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-Bafta Party". Harper's Bazaar. 8 February 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Home". Finch & Partners.
  11. ^ "There's none like Chucs". Esquire. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2017.[dead link]
  12. ^ Gill, A. A. (24 August 2014). "Table Talk: Chucs Bar & Grill". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Dean & DeLuca". CharlesFinch.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015.
  14. ^ Gardner, Chris (16 May 2017). "Meet Charles Finch, the Ultimate Cannes Party Host You Need to Know". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  15. ^ "About Finch's Quarterly Review". Finch's Quarterly Review official website. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Finch's Quarterly Review". Fetherstonhaugh. Archived from the original on 15 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Past copies of Finch's Quarterly Review". Finch's Quarterly Review. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  18. ^ Whitworth, Damian (4 February 2016). "The man with the golden Rolodex: Charles Finch – the host with the most". The Times. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ L'Heureux, Catie (13 February 2016). "Inside London's Most Exclusive Celebrity Hangout". New York. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  21. ^ "A legendary Bafta party". The Daily Telegraph. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  22. ^ "GQ's 50 best-dressed men 2017". GQ. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  23. ^ "The 2008 International Best-Dressed Poll". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 12 December 2017.