Meet the Force behind Generation Star Wars:

John Hood, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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.

Andrew Lewin

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 reporting on IndyCar, NASCAR and GP2, and runs a review blog at, 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.

Phil Edwards, Founder & Editor of Live for Films

Live for Films came about as a place for Phil to share things which he found interesting with his friends. Other people seem to dig it. He does a bit of painting, a bit of drawing, a bit of blogging and has a beard. Films he likes change all the time, but he always enjoys The Thing, The Big Lebowski, Stalag 17, Mystery Train, Dead Man, Pan’s Labyrinth, Robocop, Angel Heart, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blazing Saddles, Army of Darkness, It’s A Wonderful Life, Into the Wild and so many more.

Nick Smith

You don’t know Nick Smith from a hole in the ground but he’s a pretty nice member of the Star Wars generation who writes, makes movies and loves Cuban food. If kindness to strangers is a thing to you, check out his award-winning feature film Cold Soldiers, his bestselling novel Milk Treading or come hang out on the beaches of Northwest Florida where he lives and works. Then he won’t be a stranger anymore.

Paul Moxham

Paul is a camera operator for BBC South West. A lifelong film fan, ex-cinema projectionist and former reviewer for BBC Radio Devon. These days his viewing preferences are largely dictated by his two small children.

Simon Judges

Husband, dad, freelance content writer, and non-practising epileptic, Simon's been a fan of Star Wars for as long as there's been Star Wars.

Matt Charlton

Matt's a lifelong Disney fan and joined the Rebellion against the Empire and switched from PC to Mac.

John Rivers

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 Thomas

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’.