John Marshall is CEO of Docos Media, a consultancy for the international television and digital media industries. He is especially interested in the convergence of digital and traditional media. He has given professional workshops world-wide, including Europe, Canada, Australia, the Middle-East and Russia. Current clients include broadcasters, technology companies, film archives, production companies, NGOs and training agencies. John has significant experience in professional media training. He previously owned and published the DOCtv industry newsletter and docos.com industry website, both of which he edited.
Educated at the London School of Economics, John started as a journalist writing about media issues. He became a successful documentary producer and writer for the UK’s BBC and Channel 4.
For five years he travelled widely as a television war reporter for the International Committee of the Red Cross, based in Geneva. John has been a faculty member of the University of Humberside and the University of Lincoln, in the UK, and developed the innovative four-year degree in European Audio-Visual Production.
John was CEO of the European Union’s documentary film support agency, based in Copenhagen, during which time he developed the Amsterdam Documentary Forum and the method of public pitching. He became Director of Development for MEDEA, the EU-supported programme based in Spain and focused on documentary producers from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
He has been Head of Studies at SWIM, the EU-supported workshop on emerging digital media, based in France and partnered by a network of European institutions.
John moderates and instructs at the annual MEDIMED pitching forum in Sitges, Spain, the aim of which is to assist producers from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe to enter international markets. In the last two years, John has Executive Produced three major, feature-length documentaries: Wagner and Me, Shed Your Tears and Walk Away and The Trials of Amanda Knox, all critical and commercial successes.
In 2008, John established and still chairs the Cambridge International Digital Forum (CIDFo: www.cidfo.com), focused on the convergence of digital technology and traditional media. He has also built Memodox (www.memodox.com), an international online training, production and dissemination system for three-minute documentaries in the digital age.
Since 2007 John has acted as an International Trade Adviser for Digital Media for the British Government’s UK Trade and Investment export agency.