Los Angeles and London-based management and production company 42 (The Silent Twins, “The Flatshare”), has tapped former Netflix and Tiger Aspect Productions executive Ben Cavey (“Bad Education,” “Benidorm”) as Head of Comedy and Entertainment.

In the newly created role, Cavey will spearhead 42’s expansion into the two genres, producing projects and managing talent across unscripted and scripted television and film. Cavey will be based in 42’s Los Angeles office.

Additionally, Cavey will focus on developing projects under 42’s existing three-way production venture with management and production company 3 Arts Entertainment and Lionsgate Television, which includes a first-look deal with Lionsgate Television for the U.S. market.

Josh Varney, Partner at 42, said: “Ben has impeccable taste and well proven instincts as a storyteller and tastemaker. His vast experience as a world class producer of comedy on both sides of the Atlantic creates a unique offering for 42, and our clients, as we continue to build the leading home for storytellers globally. We all feel very fortunate and enthused that he has chosen to join us at this exciting moment in 42’s journey.”

Ben Cavey said: “I’m very excited to join 42, it is a collection of incredible producers and managers, and I have huge admiration for the company’s culture – innovative, courageous and, of course, committed to quality. I look forward to helping grow 42’s comedy and entertainment offering, as we look to attract the best talent and produce the best content in both scripted and non-scripted for television and film. I also relish the opportunity to further develop the company’s partnerships with Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment, which I think represents a really exciting and unique opportunity for everyone involved.”

Cavey has just finished executive producing a special and season four of “Bad Education” for the BBC. Between 2018 – 2022, Cavey was Director of Original Comedy Programming at Netflix, where he was responsible for comedy formats. Notable programming included “Kevin Hart: Don’t F**K This Up”, “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson”, Charlie Brooker’s “Death to 2020”, “Murderville” and “History of Swear Words”. He also oversaw UK stand-up specials from Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr, Mo Gilligan and others.

Prior to Netflix, Cavey spent 13 years at Tiger Aspect Productions, most recently as Managing Director in the UK. His key credits as a producer and executive producer at Tiger Aspect include “Decline and Fall” (BBC1), “Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father” (Netflix), “Murder In Successville” (BBC 3/1), “Man Like Mobeen” (BBC3), “Grandma’s House” (BBC 2) as well as “Psychobitches” (Sky Arts) which he also created.

Picture credit: Jack Merriman

Jon Creamer

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