‘Flatshare’ prodco 42 hires Netflix, Tiger Aspect alum to lead comedy & entertainment

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The Flatshare prodco 42 has appointed former Netflix and Tiger Aspect executive Ben Cavey to a newly created head of comedy & entertainment position, as the London- and LA-based firm expands in the genres.

Cavey will produce projects and manage talent across unscripted and scripted TV and film, based out of its LA office.

Ben Cavey

He will also 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 US market.

Cavey has just finished executive producing a special and season four of Bad Education for the BBC, following a four-year stint as director of original comedy programming at Netflix, which he left last year. Credits during his tenure included Kevin Hart: Don’t F**K This Up and Charlie Brooker’s Death To 2020, as well as Murderville and History Of Swear Words.

Before that, Cavey spent 13 years at Banijay-owned Tiger Aspect, most recently as MD in the UK, working on shows such as BBC One’s Decline And Fall and Psychobitches for Sky Arts, which he also created.

Josh Varney, partner at 42, said: “Ben’s 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.”

Cavey added that he would “look to attract the best talent and produce the best content in both scripted and non-scripted for television and film” while also “further developing” the company’s partnerships with Lionsgate TV and 3 Arts.

42 was launched in 2013 and is run by six partners: producers Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh; and managers Kate Buckley, Cathy King, Simon Beresford and Josh Varney. It’s outputn includes features such as The Silent Twins, while TV shows range from Paramount+ series The Flatshare to The Girl Before for BBC and HBO Max, and Netflix’s The English Game.

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