42 is a major hire. Ben Cavey, a former executive at Tiger Aspect Productions and Netflix, has joined as Head of Comedy and Entertainment.
Cavey will work in both the UK and U.S-based company’s LA office. This is to help the West Coast grow its growing group of producers and managers.
His focus will be on 42’s expansion into entertainment and comedy, as well as producing and managing projects in TV and film. Cavey will develop projects for 42’s production venture, with management company 3 Arts Entertainment as well as Lionsgate Television. This includes a deal with Lionsgate Television in the U.S.
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We revealed last year that Lionsgate owned 42, and in doing so formed the three-way joint venture, which also included 3 Arts, a Lionsgate subsidiary.
Cavey just completed executive producing season 4 of Jack Whitehall’s comedy special. Poor Education For the BBC. He was the Director of Original Comedy Programing for Netflix from 2018 to 2022. His responsibilities included comedy programs and formats such as Kevin Hart: This is not a F**K Up, Tim Robinson: I think you should leave, Charlie Brooker’s To 2020: Death And MurdervilleOversaw stand-up performances in the UK by Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Carr.
He spent the previous 13 years working at Peaky Blinders Tiger Aspect Productions co-producer, who rose to the rank of Managing Director in Great Britain. There were many credits for him Decline and Fall, Jack Whitehall: My Father’s Travels Netflix Successville Murder And Mobeen is Man.
Josh Varney is a Partner at 42. He said that Ben has an impeccable sense of taste and well-proven instincts as a storyteller, tastemaker, and producer. As 42 continues to be the global leader in storytellers, his vast experience both as a producer and performer of comedy across the Atlantic makes him an exceptional choice for our clients. He has joined us in this momentous part of 42’s history and we all feel extremely fortunate.
Ben Cavey stated that 42 was “a group of incredible producers, managers, and have great admiration for their culture, which is innovative, brave, and committed to quality.”
He said, “I am looking forward to growing 42’s entertainment and comedy offerings as we seek to attract top talent and produce high quality content for both television and film.” He said, “I enjoy the chance to develop our partnerships with Lionsgate Television & 3 Arts Entertainment. This is a truly exciting and untapped opportunity for all involved.”
Cavey, an ex-UTA agent, will be working in LA alongside Jev Valles (who we reported last month was now 42).