Jon Thoday is joint-founder and Co-Executive Chairman at Avalon, the talent management, television production and live promotions group with offices in London, Los Angeles and New York.
Jon is currently Executive Producer on series including: Taskmaster (Channel 4), the BAFTA-winning hit entertainment format showing in over 100 countries; multi Emmy winner, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO); The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), the network’s most successful entertainment show launch since 2010; Starstruck (HBO Max/BBC), an upcoming scripted comedy from the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo; Not Going Out (BBC), the UK’s longest running sitcom on air; Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform/Hulu), from creator Josh Thomas; Breeders (FX/Sky), a scripted comedy starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard; a new series of the iconic British satirical puppet show, Spitting Image (BritBox UK & Australia); and multiple comedy specials for Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and Netflix.
Other landmark Avalon series Jon has executive produced include: BAFTA winning and multi-Emmy nominated Catastrophe (Amazon Prime Video/Channel 4), Fantasy Football League (BBC/ITV), multi BAFTA-winning TV Burp (ITV), and Workaholics (Comedy Central USA). Avalon distributes its catalogue of programmes to over 150 countries worldwide.
Outside of television, Jon produced Newman and Baddiel: Live at Wembley, the first ever arena comedy show in British history, and Jerry Springer: The Opera by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee, the first West End show to win all four ‘Best New Musical’ awards, which resulted in Jon, alongside former New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, becoming the last person to be prosecuted for blasphemy in the UK and a welcome change in the law. As well as countless major live shows and tours, Jon brokered the deal for the iconic English soccer anthem Three Lions by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds which has topped the UK Singles Chart a record-breaking four times.
Avalon is consistently named the number one ‘true independent’ television production company in the UK by both Broadcast and Televisual; the live arm has promoted more winners and nominees of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award than any other company; and the talent management arm has discovered many acts who have become household names, with a client list including: Chris Addison, David Baddiel, Greg Davies, Rob Delaney, Adam DeVine, Jenny Eclair, Dave Gorman, Freddie Highmore, Alex Horne, Russell Howard, Toby Jones, Adrian Lester, Lee Mack, Lesley Manville, Marc Maron, Rose Matafeo, Al Murray, James Nesbitt, John Oliver, Daniel Radcliffe, Chris Ramsey, Iliza Shlesinger, Frank Skinner, Will Sharpe, Imelda Staunton and Reggie Watts. Avalon has also produced many globally successful podcasts and is at the top of the UK iTunes chart with the multi-award-winning Shagged. Married. Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsey. Last year Avalon acquired acclaimed literary agency The Agency, which represents writers including: Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley), Mike Bartlett(Doctor Foster), Peter Bowker(World On Fire), Russell T Davies(Doctor Who/A Very English Scandal), Tony McNamara(The Great), Paula Milne(The Politician’s Wife), Debbie Horsfield(Poldark), Bill Gallagher(Jamestown), Jimmy McGovern(Moving On), Kate Brooke(Discovery of Witches), Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom), Allan Cubitt(The Fall), Russell Lewis (Endeavour), Paul Abbott(Shameless); Heidi Thomas(Call The Midwife), Andrew Davies(House of Cards/War and Peace) and directors including: Sam Mendes and Matthew Warchus.