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Ben started his career producing world famous DJ’S Pete Tong and Trevor Nelson for BBC RADIO 1, winning a MOBO for best music radio show, and working with artists such as Eminem and Dr. Dre. 

Following this he founded the award winning production company HOOT. Specialising in putting character and narrative into advertising, Hoot garnered over a billion views for its content and the Independent described the founders as ‘the new broadcasters’. As a commercials director for Hoot, Ben helmed spots for Virgin Atlantic, Secret Escapes, First Direct, Sony Playstation, Giff Gaff and Diet Coke.

His feature film directorial debut, THE DRIFTERS, for the BFI, Creative England, Smuggler / Cove and Starcross Entertainment, premiered at the opening weekend of the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in October, 2019. Jonathan Ajayi was nominated for a British Independent film award for most promising newcomer and made a Screen Star of Tomorrow by Screen International. 

Ben has written for BAFTA winning TV drama series SKINS; the BAFTA nominated comedy DELTA FOREVER starring Daniel Kaluuya (Skins, Get Out, Queen and Slim); and the movie KILLING BONO starring Ben Barnes and Kirsten Ritter for Paramount Pictures. He is currently the creator and lead writer of WHISKY WARS, an original TV drama series with director Marc Forster (WORLD WAR Z) and Renee Wolfe at 2DUX2 and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones).

He is also co-founder of the independent production company Starcross Entertainment and was executive producer on feature films THE HUNGRY starring Naseerudeen Shah and Tisca Chopra (TIFF 2017) and SAY YOUR PRAYERS starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Harry Melling (2020).  As a producer his work has been screened at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, London and Berlin and won numerous awards around the world including prizes at RHODE ISLAND, LA FILM FESTIVAL, AESTHETICA and THE FRIAR’S CLUB in New York. 

He is a visiting lecturer for the MA in screen-writing, film and TV at Bath Spa University. 

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