A lifelong passion for the creative arts was ignited when John's parents took him to see Star Wars. Shortly afterwards he was bought an Hitachi portable tape recorder as a Christmas gift… Following graduation John worked for the BBC, Reuters and Dow Jones in various capacities: from breaking news to foley artist working with acting legend Sir Christopher Lee. He has talked to undergraduates at the University of Exeter regarding media career paths, leveraging social media, and provided help and advice during a storytelling workshop.
With over 20 years of working in the media industry, Andrew is currently a freelance writer, social media consultant and web developer/programmer. He's also a technical specialist in the fields of accessibility, usability, information architecture and online communities. Andrew currently writes for motorsports website Crash.net reporting on IndyCar, NASCAR and GP2, and runs a review blog at takingtheshortview.wordpress.com, which reveals a worrying obsession for classic black & white movies, Nordic Noir and all things Doctor Who.
Rob Wainfur, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Bearded Trio
One of Rob's earliest memories was going to see Star Wars, with his late brother, when he was only 5 years old. That experience changed his life forever and he became a self-confessed sci-fi geek. Rob will always be a fan of the big three in movies. George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and John Williams. So much so, he founded The Bearded Trio, which has been featured on the official Star Wars website. Rob's other site, Geek Universal, covers everything else.
Matt's a lifelong Disney fan and joined the Rebellion against the Empire and switched from PC to Mac.
John is an award-winning digital marketing bod who lives in North London with his cat. A long time movie and TV fan, he writes a rather 'Angry' blog about Doctor Who, while also moderating on Gallifrey Base, the net's biggest Doctor Who forum. In a monster smackdown, he'd be on Gamera's side.
Daren is a budding writer, whose day job in television has been diverse, from Assistant Directing on ‘Eastenders’, to looking after roof-jumping free-runners on a French action movie ‘Les Fils Du Vent’ and pretending to be Michael Kitchen on ‘Foyle’s War’. He has worked for several years in the script/story department within the BBC’s continuing drama ‘Holby City’.