About John Howkins
An Interview with John Howkins
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John Howkins has been writing about the creative economy for many years. He is Chairman
of Tornado Productions Ltd, a London-based web casting company and director of Equator
Group plc, Television Investments Ltd, EveryIdea Ltd and World Learning Network Ltd.
He is also the author of several books, including Understanding Television (1974);
Communications in China (1982); New Technologies, New Policies, (1983); Four Global
Scenarios on Information (1997), translated into French (1997) and Spanish (1998); and The
Creative Economy (2001).
John Howkins has worked in many areas of media and business throughout his career.
Here’s a round up of his involvements:
He was associated with Home Box Office (HBO) and Time Warner from 1981-1996, setting up
companies to make and distribute TV programming. Through ITR he has advised numerous
organisations and corporations including Accenture, BBC, Coopers & Lybrand, European
Commission, IBM, KPMG, Sky TV, etc. He has worked for the Governments of Australia,
Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Singapore, UK, USA and 15 other
countries. He has also worked widely in Eastern Europe.
He is Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council, the UK's leading industry
forum for the moving image. He is a former Chairman of the London Film School (and remains
a Governor), Chairman of the Advisory Board to CREATEC and Vice Chairman of the
Association of Independent Producers. He is a former Executive Director of the
International Institute of Communications, with members in over 100 countries. He was the
Conference Coordinator of the 1998 European Audiovisual Conference, co-hosted by the
European Commission and UK Government.
He is a former Editor of InterMedia, Editor of the National Electronics Review, Editor
of Vision, TV Editor of Time Out, and a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, The
Economist, Harpers & Queen and other publications, and is a member of BAFTA.
He is the UK representative of the Transatlantic Dialogue on Broadcasting and the
Information Society (TADOBATIS) and has advised Poland and other countries of Central and
Eastern Europe on media legislation.
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