Ryan Kavanaugh has played an important role in helping bring the famous action-hero created by Will Forte ‘MacGruber’ MacGruber replaces MacGyver and will stream all its eight episodes on Peacock, an NBC streaming platform. This is the second time MacGruber is venturing into SNL, with the first appearance being made in 2010, which featured an indestructible hero on the big screen.
Ryan Kavanaugh, the co-owner of TrillerNet, the parent company of Triller, a social media platform application Verzuz rap battles, among many others, has been influential in taking MacGruber to the big screens. Ryan Kavanaugh founded Relativity Media, a Hollywood studio in 2004 which went ahead to produce and distribute over 200 films and included the famous ‘Atonement’ and the box-office favorite ‘The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.’
Ryan Kavanaugh remembers how he got involved with MacGruber. This was when Ben Silverman was the acting chairman of NBC Universal and owned Saturday Night Live. Ben Silverman headed NBC and Universal Media Studios for two years between 2007 to 2009 before he ventured into his own production company.
Kavanaugh recalls Ben Silverman calling him on the possibilities of them working together on the MacGruber movie, and the producer of Saturday Night Live was willing to get the job done. Will Forte, a cast member of Saturday Night Live, was the favorite character of MacGruber, who played as a special operations agent who was tasked with deactivating a ticking time bomb in each episode.
Will Forte perfected his comic chops while working with The Groundlings, an iconic Los Angeles group. He continued to experience an upward career trajectory as he worked on ‘The Last Man on Earth’ a post-apocalyptic comedy series. The MacGruber has proved his importance beyond Saturday Night Live.
Ryan Kavanaugh, who admits to having loved the MacGyver show when growing up, says he enjoyed blending the funny and joking parts of the story. This made audiences laugh, thus making the show enjoyable.