John is Head of Programme and Secretary to the Advisory Board of the Entertainment Master Class.
In his early career John was a teacher, a writer, 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 14 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
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 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, Europe to the USA and Latin America. Since
2001 John has successfully co created other In the Dark formats for a range of
audiences, notably a highly successful Saturday morning series for children. John still
produces the format(s) for broadcasters in many territories.
In the past John 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 as well as making
contributions 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 jury panels 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 (London. Montreal. Los Angeles).
John is currently President of the International Advisory Board of the Rose d’Or
Festival in Switzerland, Head of Programme for the Entertainment Master Class in
Germany, the ‘godfather’ on the MBA programme at the Berlin School of Creative
Leadership and sits on the boards of Fundamental Entertainment TV and Screen East
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).
It was at the Rose d’Or Festival in 2000 that John launched the concept of the paper
format, a product that is now traded worldwide. The creation and development of
paper formats is now an area of business where John assists creators and producers
to capitalise on the commercial value of their conceptual material.