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John Howkins

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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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