Love promotes Smith, Kavanagh in creative shuffle

Love Productions, the indie behind The Great British Bake Off (pictured), has promoted Kieran Smith to creative director of factual entertainment and Letty Kavanagh to MD, as part of a restructure.
June 27, 2013

UK indie Love Productions has made several appointments as part of a creative management restructuring in its British and American offices.

Effective immediately, former exec producer Kieran Smith becomes creative director of factual programming. He will work alongside chief executives Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie to expand the company’s factual business into new genres. His credits include When Teenage Meets Old Age, Make Bradford British and The Great British Bake Off (pictured above).

Meanwhile, Letty Kavanagh has been promoted from head of production to managing director. A five-year veteran of the company, he started out as a line producer on Boys and Girls Alone and rose through to ranks to head all productions and formats.

Also in the UK office, former TalkbackThames and Nutopia commercial director Rupert Frisby has joined as director of legal and commercial affairs.

Finally, Love USA has hired former Pangolin Pictures VP of production Joey Allen as senior vice president. His production credits include programs for Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and A&E. He is currently producing The American Baking Competition, the American version of The Great British Bake Off format, for CBS.

In a joint statement, McKerrow and Beattie said: “We’re a company that seeks to marry creative opportunity with commercial ambition and we’re hugely excited about the future and working closely with such a talented group of people.”

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