John Ellis

John EllisJohn Ellis is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Seeing Things (I.B.Tauris 2000) and Visible Fictions (Routledge 1982). From 1982 to 1999 he ran Large Door Productions making documentaries for British TV on a diversity of subjects from world cinema to an investigation into the food industry. For several years was vice-chair of PACT, the producers’ trade organisation.

He is a member of these committees:

– 2008 RAE sub-panel 66 ‘Communication Cultural and Media Studies’

– DCMS/AHRC Creative Industries & Higher Education Forum Task Group on Research and Knowledge Transfer

– Royal Television Society Archive Committee

– Association of Media Practice Educators (Chair)

– British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC)

– ITN NewsOnline project steering group

His current research interests are:

  • Broadcasting and television history
  • Documentary
  • How media organisations create
  • The nature of the present moment.

He has been principal researcher on two AHRB funded projects:
‘Did ITV Revolutionise British TV?’; he also led the AHRC Resource Enhancement project that created a database from the TV Times programme listings 1955-1985.

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