Damian Kavanagh, the Controller of BBC Three, has been named Managing Director of Tiger Aspect, the Endemol-owned producer of shows including Peaky Blinders and Fortitude. He will take up the role in the new year.
Kavanagh leaves the BBC after four years in charge of BBC Three, which migrated online in 2016. He has been with the BBC since 1994, holding various roles in BBC Daytime, BBC One, and CBBC.
Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston, said, “Tiger Aspect is a unique business, a genuinely multi genre company with a thriving slate including global scripted hits, innovative new comedy and entertainment and multi-award winning kids and animation. Damian is a brilliant creative leader who has taken BBC Three from strength to strength and I can’t think of anyone more suited to take Tiger Aspect to the next level.”
Kavanagh added, “I’ve had a wonderful time at BBC Three growing the channel as a digital youth brand and commissioning numerous hit shows loved by audiences and critics alike but feel that the chance to lead a company like Tiger Aspect with its brilliant diverse slate of programming is a rare opportunity that I simply couldn’t let pass. I’m looking forward to working with Richard and the fantastically talented creative teams at Tiger to build on the existing broad portfolio of hit shows and grow the business further.”