In his early career, John was a teacher, an author, a designer of educational resources for the UK’s major publishing houses, a TV rights owner, the producer of a BBC 2 educational TV programme and a restaurateur. For the past 20 years John has established a broad base of experience in the
international television business. John’s experience encompasses all the key areas of the entertain- ment format business from creation, production, distribution to training and education. The creating of the hit game show format In The Dark originally propelled John into entertainment television. The format was launched in 1996 on ITV with John as executive producer and has since aired with major broadcasters in 35 territories across the world to date. From 1996 until 2002 John travelled the world learning about the format business by producing his format in the studios of the world’s major broadcasters from Japan, Europe to the USA and Latin America. John has been a contributor to many of the major publications concerning formats and the formats business that have been published during the last fifteen years. He has been a member of the world’s major TV festival juries that have included those at the Rose d’Or Festival (Switzerland), the IEmmys (New York) and the Format Awards Jury (Monte Carlo). For 10 years he was Director of Creative and Business Develop- ment for Distraction Formats in London. Currently, he is MD of the MASTERCLASS CAMBRIDGE which he also founded. John is also a member of the creative faculty at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership and functions as a board member of Boxatricks Entertainment Television. John is one of the co-founders of the ENTERTAINMENT MASTER CLASS.