I have been editor of the international media journal Screen Digest since 1974, having been news editor since 1972.
I was educated at Bolton School and am a graduate of the London School of Film Technique, where I was responsible for editing the final version of an international award-winning short film, Breakfast.
Prior to joining Screen Digest, I published a pioneering book on film production techniques, The Craft of Film (Attic Publishing, 1970). Between 1978 and 1982 I was executive editor of Television: The Journal of the Royal Television Society. I have contributed to numerous newspapers and journals and represent Screen Digest's membership of the Strasbourg-based European Audiovisual Observatory.
I was a co-opted member of the Interim Action Committee on the Future of the British Film Industry, chaired by Lord Wilson, and its successor, the British Screen Advisory Council, chairing the statistics committee. I was a recipient of the Roland Chase Award and the inaugural President's Award of the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society.
Perhaps my most influential moment (so far) arose in 1982 when a letter to the editor of The Times resulted in the redrafting of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill. This contribution was mentioned in both houses of parliament.
Each autumn for several years I conducted a series of postgraduate seminars at the University of Warwick, where I was an associate fellow.
In 1998 I was awarded a grant by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation to continue the compilation of a chronology of the media and arrange publication. This website is the outcome. I am most grateful to the KK Foundation. And, because you can consult it free of charge rather than shelling out for an expensive book, means that you should be grateful to the KK Foundation, too!
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