Ben Winston

Director

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Ben Winston

Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Stella Merz

Ben has produced and directed many television shows and films including “James Corden’s World Cup Live,” “This is Justin Bieber” (ITV1), "A Very JLS Christmas" "When Robbie Met James" (Sky 1). Last year Ben travelled across the world with Gary Barlow, after being requested by the Palace to make the official song for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The two men travelled across four continents finding musicians who could play on the song. Ben exec produced and directed the film "Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty's Service" while Gary wrote and produced the song. Both were a hit. The documentary was the most watched single documentary of the year, while the song "Sing" captured the hearts of the nation and remained at number 1 in the charts for three weeks.

Ben has also co-produced the Brits Awards for the last three years. For Comic Relief he has worked alongside James Corden creating, writing and directing many memorable Smithy sketches working with everyone from George Michael to Paul Macartney, David Beckham to Gordon Brown.

As a commercials and promo director his 2010 his advert for “A League Of There Own” won the gold award at Berlin Pro Max Awards. He also and also directed the 2011 Christmas Campaign and idents for BBC One, “Consider Yourself One Of Us,” and the award winning campaign for the Sport Relief mile. He has directed music videos for JLS, Gary Barlow and One Direction, winning an MTV VMA Moonman for his One Direction video "Best Song Ever."

He recently produced the blockbuster hit One Direction movie "This Is Us" which broke records around the globe. He also directed the 3D documentary movie, “JLS: Eyes Wide Open” which opened on over 400 screens across the UK. At the time it was the biggest grossing music UK cinema release of all time. His first film “In the Hands of the Gods” (Lionsgate) which he produced. The film became the widest release of a UK cinema documentary of all time. 

He is a partner at Fulwell 73, a production company he and three friends launched in 2007.

Film

ProductionCompanyNotes

One Direction: This Is Us

2013

Fulwell 73

Documentary Feature
Producer

JLS THE 3D MOVIE: EYES WIDE OPEN

2011

Fulwell 73/ Bikini Films

Documentary Feature.
Director.
Limited Release.
Took £500,000 on its first day.

IN THE HANDS OF THE GODS

2007

Fulwell 73/ Greenwolf Films/ Lionsgate

Biggest release ever of a UK documentary.
Opened on 80 screens.
Producer.

Television

ProductionCompanyNotes

This Is Justin Bieber

2013

ITV1

Producer

Smells Like Friday Night

2013

Fulwell 73/Channel 4

Producer

Robbie Williams, One Night at the Palladium

2013

Fulwell 73/BBC1

Producer

A Very JLS Christmas

2013

Fulwell 73/Sky One

Director

GARY BARLOW: ON HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE

2012

Fulwell 73/BBC1

Director/Executive Producer
Documentary following Gary Barlow's tour of the Commonwealth on his mission to create a song for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee .

WHEN ROBBIE MET JAMES

2012

Fulwell 73/Sky One

Director and Executive Producer

SMITHY SAVES COMIC RELIEF

2011

Fulwell 73/ BBC 1

Sketch for Comic Relief.
Director and Co-writer.
With James Corden, George Michael, Keira Knightley, Paul McCartney and Gordon Brown, amongst others.

TAKE THAT: "FAKE THAT" BEHIND THE SCENES

2011

Fulwell 73/ Itunes/ BBC 1

Sketch for Comic Relief.
Director.
With James Corden.

JAMES CORDEN'S WORLD CUP LIVE

2010

Fulwell 73/ ITV 1

Exec Producer and VT Director.

SMITHY WINS COACH OF THE YEAR

2010

Fulwell 73/ BBC 1

Sketch for Comic Relief.
Director and Co-writer.
With James Corden.

THIS IS JLS

2010

Fulwell 73/ ITV 1

Producer and VT Director.

SMITHY MEETS THE ENGLAND TEAM

2009

Fulwell 73/ BBC 1

Sketch for Comic Relief.
Director and Co-writer.
With James Corden, David Beckham and Frank Lampard, amongst others.

ONE DIRECTION: A YEAR IN THE MAKING

2011

Fulwell 73/ITV1

Director
Documentary following One Direction during the 12 months between the X Factor finals of 2010 and the release of their debut album, Up All Night, at the end of 2011.

Promos

ProductionCompanyNotes

'Let Me Go' - Gary Barlow

2013

Fulwell 73

Director

'Story of My Life' - One Direction

2013

Fulwell 73

Director

'Best Song Ever' - One Direction

2013

Fulwell 73

Director
* Winner of MTV Music Award, 2013
* Winner of Best British Video at the 2014 Brit Awards

'SING' - Gary Barlow

2012

Fulwell 73

Director

'ONE WAY OR ANOTHER' - One Directon

2013

Fulwell 73

Director

'PROUD' - JLS

2012

Fulwell 73

Director

Other

ProductionCompanyNotes

LAUREUS SPORTS AWARDS

2011

Done and Dusted

Writer, Creative Producer and VT Director.
Sketches with Kevin Spacey.

Michael McIntyre, "One Minute To Show Time"

2013

Tour films

TEACHERS: BEHIND THE SCENES

2000

Tiger Aspect/ C4

Director.
For C4 DVDs.

Commercials

ProductionCompanyNotes

BBC ONE CHRISTMAS

2013

BBC

"Consider yourself one of us"
Director

BBC SPORT RELIEF

2012

BBC

"Run the sport Relief Mile"
Director

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

2010

Sky One

Writer and Director.
* Winner: Gold Medal at ProMax Awards, Berlin, 2011