Jon Thoday

Spitting Image to return for two new series via BritBox

Streaming service BritBox has ordered two new series of Spitting Image. The first will arrive in Autumn 2020.

British Comedy Guide, 4th March 2020

Taskmaster moves to Channel 4

Channel 4 is taking over the rights to broadcast Taskmaster. It has signed a six series deal to broadcast the hit comedy format, starting with Series 10 in late 2020.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd November 2019

Taskmaster to move to Channel 4?

Industry reports are suggesting UKTV has not yet managed to secure the rights to broadcast further series of Taskmaster, and Channel 4 are now in talks to take over the show.

British Comedy Guide, 6th November 2019

New chief executive for Avalon

Laura Kennedy has joined the Avalon Group as the company's chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd October 2019

Avalon hires chief exec from Lionsgate

Avalon has appointed former Lionsgate exec Laura Kennedy as chief executive officer. She will based in the Avalon's Los Angeles offices and take responsibility for the group's network of artist representation, live promotions, television production and distribution, which encompasses offices in London and New York. Following the hire, Avalon founders Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner become co-executive chairmen of the Taskmaster indie.

Broadcast, 2nd October 2019

BBC comedy boss: BBC3 bidders are like Bond villains

In a light-hearted speech at a BBC comedy reception last night the controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen added: "Unfortunately Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville cannot be here tonight - they are doing an aggressive takeover bid of Woolworths"

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 5th March 2015

Steve Coogan backs bid to buy BBC Three

The comedian Steve Coogan, and his independent TV production company Baby Cow, have backed Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday's bid to buy BBC Three.

Neil Midgley, The Guardian, 4th March 2015

Avalon and Hat Trick executives to bid for BBC Three

Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville are expected to submit a formal proposal to the BBC to prevent network going online-only.

Neil Midgley, The Guardian, 20th January 2015