Drop the Mic Production Bios
Drop the Mic Production Bios
James Corden is an Emmy®-winning, multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy. Since he took over as host of The Late Late Show on March 23, 2015, the show has won an Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Program and a Critic's Choice Award for Best Talk Show. It has achieved its highest ratings since the show's inception in 1995 and has become known for Corden's groundbreaking videos and sketches, including the viral phenomenon "Carpool Karaoke." The segment has featured music superstars Adele, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John, Gwen Stefani, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Madonna, among others, setting YouTube records. And The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special. Corden is the co-creator and executive producer of the new Carpool Karaoke series for Apple Music, as well as TBS's new series Drop the Mic.
In 2016, Corden hosted The 70th Annual Tony® Awards, which had its largest audience in 15 years. Next, he hosted The 59th Annual Grammy® Awards on Feb. 12, 2017, marking his first year as master of ceremonies for Music's Biggest Night®.
Corden came to American late night television with a growing list of award-winning and critically acclaimed credits. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a U.K. television series, a feature film actor and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television.
Corden hosts the BAFTA Award-winning U.K. sports-themed comedy game show A League of Their Own on Sky 1 and stars in, produces and writes the BAFTA-nominated comedy thriller The Wrong Mans, which is available on Hulu and airs on the BBC. In 2013, Corden was awarded the Royal Television Society Award for Comedy Writer of the Year for his work on the show.
Outside of his native England, Corden attracted international attention as the lead in the hit comedic play One Man, Two Guvnors, performing first in the National Theatre and the West End in London and then on Broadway, which earned him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. His additional theater credits include the worldwide tour of The History Boys in the role of Timms, which he also played in the feature film adaptation.
On television, Corden starred as Smithy in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy series Gavin and Stacey, which he co-created and co-wrote. For his role, he earned the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2008 and the British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Performer in 2007. The series received the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy in 2008, as well as the National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Programme in 2010. Prior to that, Corden starred in the British television series Fat Friends from 2000 to 2005, which earned him a nomination for the 2000 Royal Television Society Award for Network Newcomer On Screen. Also, he appeared in the BBC television movie Esio Trot, alongside Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench. In 2011, Corden had a recurring role in the popular BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who as Craig Owens, the Doctor's roommate. In addition, Corden hosted The Brit Awards, the biggest event in the British music industry, from 2010 to 2014.
On the big screen, Corden starred opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt in the Golden Globe®-nominated feature film Into the Woods. His additional film credits include Begin Again, with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo; How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, with Jeff Bridges; Gulliver's Travels, with Jack Black; and The Three Musketeers, with Orlando Bloom. Next, he will be seen opposite Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter in Ocean's Eight.
Over the course of his career, Corden has been awarded the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, the South Bank Show Award for Comedy, the TRIC Award for Best Comedy and the National Television Award in for Best Comedy.
Corden is from High Wycombe, England ,and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
Ben Winston has served as executive producer of the Emmy®-winning The Late Late Show since James Corden took over as host in 2015. In addition, Winston is the co-creator and executive producer of the new Carpool Karaokeseries for Apple Music and the co-creator and executive producer of TBS's Drop the Mic, both inspired by popular sketches on The Late Late Show with James Corden. He was also a producer on The 59th Annual Grammy® Awards in February.
Winston is well known in the U.K. as a successful, multi-faceted producer, director and writer with award-winning credits that span television, movies, music videos and commercials. Since he met and became close friends with Corden when they were 18, they have collaborated on many notable projects that have entertained British audiences. The projects include producing when Corden hosted the prestigious Brit Awards for four years, the biggest event in the British music industry, and directing and co-writing several memorable “Smithy” sketches with Corden for BBC's Red Nose Day charity telethon. Also, he produced and directed Corden in When Corden Met Barlow, When Robbie Met James and James Corden's World Cup Live.
Winston served as an executive producer on the hit U.K. version of The X Factor. His other producing credits include The 70th Annual Tony® Awards; the documentaries I am Bolt, based on the legacy of the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt and In The Hands of the Gods; and the television shows Robbie Williams and The Muppets at the London Palladium and This is Justin Bieber. In addition, he has produced and directed record-breaking documentaries and movies for the mega-popular musical act One Direction, including This Is Us and 1D Day, and h4 won an MTV Video Music Award and two Brit Awards in consecutive years for directing their music videos. He is also a co-director of the U.K.-based production company Fulwell 73 and a creative consultant to Apple Music.
Winston is from London and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Jensen Karp is the Executive Producer and creator of Drop the Mic , with partners James Corden & Ben Winston, debuting in October on TBS. He is an Emmy-nominated writer who has contributed to TV shows like the Grammys, The MTV Movie and Music Awards, WWE Raw, The Late Late Show, NFL on Fox and the ESPYs. His memoir, “Kanye West Owes Me $300,” chronicling his childhood with a million dollar Interscope recording contract, and songs with West, will.i.am, DJ Quik, Fabulous and Redman, was released by Random House in 2016 and is currently being developed for TV.