Maverick: Ben Frow, ex-Five/Independent (UK)

Ben Frow, ex-Five/Independent (uk)
July 1, 2007

Five’s managing director of content, Lisa Opie, hasn’t been in the job long enough to have made much of a mark on the commercial network’s underperforming schedule. Indeed, she’s lost a number of her team in recent months and is yet to appoint a new director of programs. But, of those who have gone, one of the more maverick was Ben Frow, who launched some of the channel’s most popular returning series, such as The Hotel Inspectors, Diet Doctors, and Build A New Life In The Country. Frow, who came to prominence at C4, was also the man who brought us the sight of celebrity wanna-be Rebecca Loos masturbating a pig in Five’s The Farm. Frow has been linked with a possible role at cabsat channel Living – and there’s no question his approach would fit its style of programming perfectly. Opie certainly expects something to crop up soon for Frow: ‘As you’d expect with an executive as talented as Ben, his services are much in demand. I’m sure we’ll be hearing about him very soon.’

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.