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Damian Kavanagh to depart from Banijay’s Tiger Aspect

Damian Kavanagh will be stepping down from his role as managing director at Tiger Aspect after almost two years with the British indie television production company, Realscreen has confirmed.  Kavanagh (pictured) joined the Banijay-backed prodco ...
October 23, 2020

Damian Kavanagh will be stepping down from his role as managing director at Tiger Aspect after almost two years with the British indie television production company, Realscreen has confirmed. 

Kavanagh (pictured) joined the Banijay-backed prodco in early 2019 from with digital broadcaster BBC3, tasked with the overall creative and strategic direction of the London-based Tiger Aspect.

He will stay on with the Travels with my Father producer until the end of November to help Banijay UK executive chairman Peter Salmon, to whom Kavanagh reported, and CEO Lucinda Hicks with the transition of power.

Both Salmon and Hicks were appointed to their respective roles in August following Richard Johnston’s decision to step down as CEO of Endemol Shine UK.

In an internal memo to staff, Salmon said Kavanagh had “resigned earlier in the week” after having spent “a fair bit of time” discussing the decision.

“We are now considering the next phase of leadership at Tiger Aspect and how to best support the terrific creativity in the company,” Salmon added.

Prior to joining Tiger Aspect, Kavanagh served as controller of British pubcaster BBC3, a position he was appointed to in December of 2014. In February 2016, he oversaw the channel’s digital migration.

He first joined the BBC in 1994, where he held various roles in BBC Daytime, BBC1, acting BBC3 controller and controller of CBBC, where he was responsible for all TV and online commissioning.

With files from Frederick Blichert

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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