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Mark Frith


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"Mark's research and preparation were exceptional, he had most of our group thinking he had worked in our industry previously. He took the brief well and was extremely good in comparing the panel and Q&A style sessions."
Self Storage Association Ltd

Mark Frith is one of the UK’s most successful Magazine editors – with Heat and Smash Hits under his belt, his understanding of celebrity culture is unrivalled. Mark's charm and experience ensure that his facilitating and hosting skills are in regular demand.

Mark Frith’s career in magazines began at Smash Hits in the 90s at the peak of the Take That era – a time when UK boy Bands were dominating the international pop scene. By the age of 23 he was editor.

A move to Sky Magazine became a stepping stone to his most career defining move to the little-known Heat in 2000. When Mark took the reins at the magazine, sales increased from 50,000 to over half a million a week.

"Mark was fabulous for our event. I felt he put a lot into the event and did a lot of research which was evident on the day (and evening). His journalistic skills were superb during the q&a sessions in particular the one with our keynote speaker Lewis."
Aurora Events

In his ten years at the title he won nine major magazine industry awards including, in 2005, the Mark Boxer Award for outstanding achievement in magazines.

In July 2009 Mark became editor of the legendary London magazine Time Out, increasing its news-stand sales for the first time in 17 years and winning further industry accolades, most notably PPA International Magazine Of The Year in 2010 and 2011.

Mark presented the BBC’s Liquid News for a year and is now a regular contributor to Radio Four’s Front Row, BBC2’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired and Radio Two’s Steve Wright In The Afternoon.

His first book, The Celeb Diaries: The Sensational Inside Story Of The Celebrity Decade became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller in 2008.

Speaking Topics

One of the UK's most successful magazine editors of the modern era, Mark Frith has Smash Hits, Heat and Time Out under his belt.

  • Awards Host
  • Facilitator
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Magazines

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Interview with Mark Frith


Who would you most like to share a platform with?


Anyone with something to say - I love finding out what makes people tick and pride myself on asking the questions the audience what asked.


Which event has been your favourite and why?


I hosted a whole day for the company A4e last year at The Belfry. During the day I interviewed the CEO, conducted a Q&A session with questions from the audience, interviewed a renowned explorer on the stage AND then hosted a quiz in the evening. The organisers were over the moon and I went home very happy. It was a crash course in every aspect of presenting and it made me want to do lots more.


If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?


I want to interview every Sheffield United player, one by one, on the pitch at Wembley minutes after they win the FA Cup (this WILL happen!)


What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?


Could be anything - mostly hosting but lots to do with turning businesses around (I turned Heat magazine from a flop to a 600,000 copies a week publishing sensation) and the celebrity business.


What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?


In interviews, if you ask the questions the audience want asked, they will thank you for illuminating the subject and immediately feel connected to what you're communicating. In presentations, you should tell the audience something they don't already know that they will then be able to use in the future, even if it is about a different world to theirs. In everything I do I hope people will look back on the session I hosted and know that something they do now has been influenced by something they saw or heard in one of my sessions.


What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?


In early 2000, Heat magazine was the most famous flop in the magazine industry. To make it a multi-award winning magazine brand took an open minded attitude to change, innovation, a new way of working that no other media organisation had tried before, an incredible team spirit and much more. The story of how we did this is something many different businesses can learn from.

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