I’m a British writer, producer and animation industry entrepreneur based in Shanghai.
I write about the film, animation, virtual reality and advertising industries in China, the world’s fastest growing entertainment market. Across almost six years here, I have interviewed many of the foremost figures in the business, built an extensive network of professional contacts, and been invited to share my insights at institutions and conferences from Beijing, to London to Los Angeles.
My writing falls into two main categories. First there are news and insight articles for domestic and international online and print publications. In parallel, I produce marketing content for clients including Chinese educational institutions, animation and VFX studios, and international government agencies. Across all my work, I strive to provide a cross-cultural perspective between the West and my unique position on the ground in China.
While my Mandarin is decent enough, I always write in English. That said, I have a clutch of trusted, long-time collaborator translators that can quickly convert into Chinese if necessary. You can see some of my articles in Chinese here.
The story so far…
Writing only covers a part of what has been a pretty amazing ride in China so far.
I moved here in 2011 after graduating from a character animation postgrad at Central St Martins (London), to work for Jetoon, a Shanghai animation studio, in a dual design and story development role.
From there I joined the DeTao Master Academy, a substantial education startup that brought international experts to China to train talent in the country’s burgeoning animation and games industries. I led the development team which meant producing master classes, driving marketing and business development and managing client relationships.
Observing an abundance of creativity but few live stages on which it could be shared, I created Shanghai’s only creative showcase and networking events organization for professionals working in the animation and games industries, the China Animation & Game Network (CAGN). I manage, curate and host CAGN’s bi-monthly shows.
All these efforts have earned me a level of recognition as an international voice on the Chinese creative scene. I have consulted for international government agencies, festivals and studios, and been invited around the country and overseas to appear on expert panels, television talk shows and competition juries.
Last but not least, I am the player-manager of the mighty Shanghai Cosmos Football Club.