John Geraint - Creative Director 

 

Recipient of a Royal Television Society award for his outstanding contribution to television, Dr John Geraint’s  credits for Green Bay include 'Do Not Go Gentle', nominated alongside blue-chip series 'Band of Brothers' and 'Blue Planet' at the 2002 Banff Rockies, one of the world's foremost media prizes; ‘Gêm y Ganrif' (Game of the Century) which scooped the top prize at the 2006 Celtic Film and Television Festival, the Gold Torc for Spirit of the Festival; and the drama series ‘Calon Gaeth' (Small Country) and feature-length documentaries ‘Fel Arall' (Otherwise), and ‘Carwyn' winners of BAFTA Cymru Awards. 

John was executive producer and director of ‘The Story of Wales', Green Bay's landmark television history of the nation presented by Huw Edwards and commissioned by BBC Wales and The Open University.

His recent work for Green Bay includes ‘Castle Builders’, a three-part series filmed in the UK, France and Germany, and sold to broadcasters on six continents; and ‘DNA Cymru’ a mass-participation project  featuring the largest-ever survey of the genetic make-up of the Welsh population.

John was previously at the BBC where he had a distinguished 20-year career as a programme-maker and executive, leading a department of 430 programme-makers, and doubling network output from Wales to a record £17million p.a. with hits like family drama Magician's House, the Oscar-nominated Canterbury Tales and the global adventure series Extreme Lives.

From 2010-2016 John was a trustee of the Arts Council of Wales. From 2008-2011, he served as a member of  the Wales Employment and Skills Board advising Ministers on skills, training and business development across the whole range of the Welsh economy. John is a former Chair of Zoom Cymru, a media development charity for young people which incorporates a major international festival of children's film; and of the Welsh Board of Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio-visual industries. 

John’s doctoral submission ‘Representing Wales: Experience on Screen 1985-2010’ placed his career in the context of the continuing efforts to ensure fairer media portrayal of Welsh life and culture. An influential and provocative thinker about television, he regularly appears at industry forums and is called upon to give evidence to policy-makers about the creative industries.