Laura Kennedy is Chief Executive Officer of Avalon, a talent management, production and
distribution group based in London, Los Angeles and New York. Avalon represents a prolific
roster of artists including comedians, actors, writers and directors and produces numerous
award-winning television shows.
Since Laura’s arrival in October 2019, Avalon has continued to build on its growing production
slate for US, UK and globally. Avalon’s series include HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John
Oliver, FX/Hulu’s Breeders, HBO Max’s Starstruck and the worldwide hit, Taskmaster.
Avalon represents a wide-ranging client roster including Adam DeVine, Adrian Lester, Daniel
Radcliffe, Freddie Highmore, Iliza Shlesinger, Imelda Staunton, John Oliver, Lesley Manville,
Marc Maron, Reggie Watts, Rob Delaney, Rose Matafeo, Sam Jay, Toby Jones and Will
Sharpe. It also enjoys continued success representing a wide stable of writers including Andrew
Davies, House of Cards; Heidi Thomas, Call The Midwife; Kate Brooke, Discovery of Witches;
Paul Abbott, Shameless; Russell T Davies, Doctor Who/It’s a Sin; Sally Wainwright, Happy
Valley; Stephen Butchard, The Last Kingdom; Tony McNamara, The Great, as well as directors
Sam Mendes and Matthew Warchus, among many others.
As an integrated global talent management and studio operation that champions the rights of
artists, Avalon is focused on representing diverse and distinct voices – including comedians,
actors, writers, directors and producers of numerous award-winning television shows – across
all media, and partnering with talent to produce exceptional content for global audiences. Its
boutique and highly curated approach to representation and development places quality over
quantity, coupled with the infrastructure and resources of a fully scaled studio, which means it
can stay nimble and efficient without compromising on quality.
Podcasts are also a growing focus of its business, with Avalon producing or representing more
than 100 podcasts worldwide, including WTF w Marc Maron (one of the medium’s most
successful shows with 55 million streams and downloads per year, primarily in North America)
and SMA (the biggest podcast in Europe). In May, Maron inked a 3-year deal to take WTF to
Acast. He will look to monetize those listeners in new ways, launching a new subscription tier
offering bonus content and other features via the Acast+ platform.
Prior to joining Avalon in 2019, Laura was COO at Lionsgate Television Group where she
headed operations, strategy and M&A. During her 12-year tenure at Lionsgate, Laura helped
scale the TV business to over $800M in annual revenue and led many transactions
including the acquisitions of Debmar-Mercury, Pilgrim and 3 Arts. Laura re-joined Avalon where
she started her career as a talent manager. She has an A.B. from Harvard College in English
and American Literature, an MBA from Harvard Business School and serves on the Geffen
Playhouse Advisory Board.