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 15 years John has established a broad base of experience in the international television business. John’s experience encompasses all the key areas of the entertainment 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 ten years.
John has been a member of the world’s major TV festival juries that have included those at the Rose d’Or Festival (Switzerland), the I Emmys (New York) and the Format Awards Jury (Monte Carlo). For 10 years John was Director of Creative and Business Development for Distraction Formats in London.
Currently John is Head of Programme for the Entertainment Master Class in Berlin and Cambridge, a member of the creative faculty at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership and is a board member of Boxatricks Entertainment Television.
John also speaks at seminars and conferences around the world, is an honorary member of the British Society of Comedy Writers, and is a member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).