Partner - Development & Production
A writer and producer of both features and documentaries, John is a member of the ‘International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers’, and the Sino-European association of film professionals ‘Bridging the Dragon’.
As an independent Producer, John began his involvement in the film industry by participating in the development and production of a number of shorts, including the award-winning drama, 'Fragile Storm', starring Lance Henriksen, before venturing into the production of features. Among his recent projects, he produced the New Zealand based documentary 'There's a Hole in My Bucket', narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, and involving Oscar winning director, Peter Jackson, actors John Rhys-Davies and Billy Boyd, and Oscar winning SFX/VFX studio Weta Workshop.
In October 2019, John was a member of the Delegation of German funding organisations and film professionals that visited Beijing in anticipation of the signature of the international co-production treaty between Germany and China.
As a screenwriter, John won the Louis Mitchell Award for his thriller 'Chilling Truths' at the 2015 Action on Film Film Festival in Los Angeles. In 2016, his Tokyo based drama feature 'Mujō' was one of six international projects chosen for the Capalbio Future Storyteller Lab in Italy, with mentorship from Colin Trevorrow, director/writer of Jurassic World, before being subsequently selected to represent the Lab at the MIA International Audiovisual Market of the 2016 Rome Film Festival. More recently, John's historical Chinese Drama 'Torn Silk' was one of nine European projects selected for the 4th Sino-European Project Lab, an immersive international workshop and think-tank for Sino-European co-productions, and he has just completed the screenplay for the latest feature in the Yolki franchise for Timur Bekmambetov's production company, Bazelevs.
Another of John's interests, the exploration of innovative story formats and cross-media technologies, resulted in the development of the German/US transmedia mystery series 'Lostfriesland'. Destined for the mobile generation, it explores interactive storytelling through the use of multiple media platforms, and VR technologies, immersing the audience in the story. The unique concept aroused such interest in Germany that the German TV channel NDR filmed the 'making of' the proof of concept teaser.