John Cavanagh is an Executive Producer for Smithsonian Channel. Since joining Smithsonian in 2016, he has produced over a hundred hours for the channel including the first two seasons of America in Color, the innovative no-narration history strand The Lost Tapes, and the surviving disaster series Make it Out Alive. His recent specials include Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth, Billionaire Space Club, and Kings of the Desert.
Prior to joining Smithsonian Channel, he worked for Discovery Communications, producing films across a wide range of subjects and genres, including Shark Week specials for Discovery Channel, true-crime stories for Investigation Discovery, and medical dramas for Discovery Life. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.