In his early career John was a teacher, a writer and 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 14 years John has established a broad base of experience in the international entertainment television format business. John’s experience encompasses all the key areas of the 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 and the format business. The format was launched in 1996 on ITV in the UK with John as executive producer and has since aired with major broadcasters in 35 territories across the world to date. From 1996 until 2001 John travelled the world learning about the format business by producing his format in the studios of the world’s major broadcasters from Japan throughout Europe to the USA and Latin America. Since that period John has successfully co created other In the Dark formats for a range of audiences notably a highly successful series for children. Up until the present day John still produces the format(s) in other territories.
John has always maintained a keen interest in the broader development of the international format business. John was President of the Rose d’Or’s International Advisory Board , Founder and Head of Programme at the Entertainment Master Class , and a ‘godfather’ on the MBA executive education programme at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. John speaks at seminars and conferences around the world and in the past has worked closely with FRAPA (the Format and Protection Association) and has written a brief history of the formats business for the FRAPA/Screen Digest report on the Global Trade in TV Formats.
John has been a member of the world’s major TV festival jury panels which have included those at the Rose d’Or Festival (Switzerland), the I Emmys (New York) and was nominated to sit on the first ever Format Awards Jury in Monte Carlo.
John is an honorary member of the British Society of Comedy Writers, a board member of Boxatricks Productions (UK), and is a member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).