Ben started his professional career as a music radio producer, hitting success with his work on a number of award-winning Radio 1 shows, including Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation and Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, picking up a MOBO for best music radio show along the way.
He now writes and directs comedy and drama for film and TV. He wrote the Bafta nominated comedy Delta Forever for BBC3 and an episode of Skins (Season 6) for E4. Ben was screenwriter (credited re-write) on the comedy feature film Killing Bono which was picked up by Paramount starring Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Krysten Ritter and Pete Postlethwaite. Pete chose to use Ben’s lines in the moving final chapter of his autobiography: “Remember only this: the measure of a man is what’s left when fame falls away. Oh... and get as much sex as you can.”
Ben is founder of production company and agency Hoot. The first short-film he produced for Hoot, Tooty's Wedding, won a place at Sundance and also at the inaugural UK Sundance, as well as several comedy awards at festivals
around the world including BFI Loco, LA Film Festival and The Friar's Club in New York. Hoot’s online comedy content amassed in excess of a billion views last year and they were recently described as ‘the new broadcasters’ by The Independent. In 2016 they won the top Lovie award for their work promoting the Dave channel for UKTV. In addition Ben has directed over a 100 commercials, including: Asos, Coke Zero, Virgin Atlantic, giff gaff, Philips, and Secret Escapes.
Ben runs Hoot’s new film venture, Bad Owl Films. In 2014, Ben was picked as one of the UK’s emerging film makers by the BFI for the inaugural London Film Festival network. In 2015, Ben directed the short film Koffee & Diamonds, with funding from Creative England and the BFI. He is currently working on his first feature as writer/director, The Drifters (producer Elinor
Day) for Cove Pictures and Creative England, as well as several other films.
A drama during the 1930’s set at Britain’s first aerodrome
Original period drama set against the highlands and London in 1880.
Comedy pilot based around the obsessive online fans of a series of novels about teen-hero Delta.
Creator & Executive Producer
Writer & Director
A provocative black comedy about a giant and his agent.
'Treasure Island' - A simple story about love on the run and a romantic snap shot of the lives of two immigrants in the UK.
Produced by Elinor Day for Smuggler / Cove Pictures.
A period horror movie set in Southern India adapted from a short story by Joseph Conrad.
A young couple's marriage hilariously hits the rocks during a weekend wedding in the country.