Hornet Expands into Live Action Production with Addition of EP Ben Sharpe

From the release:

Hornet, a creative studio with a two decade legacy of excellence in design and animation, announces the appointment of Ben Sharpe to the newly created role of Live Action Executive Producer, marking a strategic expansion of the studio’s production offering.

“As a company with a core focus on cultivating talent, expanding further into Mixed Media and Live Action was a logical progression for us, aligning seamlessly with our brand and unlocking avenues for growth. I knew I wanted to identify a leader in this realm to spearhead this development — someone with not only experience and vision but also who resonates with our values.” says Michael Feder, Co-Founder of Hornet.

Ben Sharpe brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as Head of Production at London-based adam&eveDDB, where he oversaw all production output from the agency and managed relationships with production partners around the globe. Alongside standout campaigns for PlayStation, John Lewis and EA Games, his production teams were responsible for two of the most highly acclaimed campaigns in recent years, securing the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2023 for CALM’s ‘The Last Photo’, and a Black Pencil at D&AD in 2022 for Frontline19’s ‘Hopeline19’.

Prior to adam&eveDDB, Ben was an Executive Producer at Blink Productions, working with renowned directors, including Dougal Wilson, Nick Ball, Los Perez, Max Sherman, Björn Rühmann, and The Bobbsey Twins.

“I had the privilege of seeing the Hornet directors and studio in action while I was at adam&eveDDB and was struck by the level of craft and love of filmmaking they brought to our projects. Hornet has a rich history of championing artists and directors, making this move into the Live Action world feel like a natural step,” said Sharpe

The partnership marks the beginning of an exciting journey for Hornet and Sharpe, aiming to shape the future of production and talent development. Sharpe has already begun extending the studio’s roots and recruiting a next generation of directors.

Hornet has built their brand steadily over the last 23 years, aligning with top agencies and brands to create beautifully crafted work, help brands exceed their marketing goals, and provide exceptional service. Bringing on Ben Sharpe and moving further into Mixed Media and Live Action allows them to extend their existing ethos and ambitions even further.

“As we continue to bring the studio into the Live Action world, we’ll be approaching every project with the same collaboration and craft that Hornet has had in their DNA for over two decades. I’m excited to work with Michael, Hana, Greg and the team at Hornet to shape something special, lasting, and forward thinking,” adds Sharpe.