John began his career in television in 1997 with Skyline Teleproductions while still attending the University of Central Florida. Upon graduation, John secured a job with Skyline as a production technician in the camera department and began to hone his photography skills. John was offered a producer/director position with the company’s commercial production department a year later.
During this time, John and two colleagues, Joe Dorsey and Walter Lowe, formed the company Blackburst Entertainment. The new company began as a weekend effort to create original programming. John’s new position at FOX offered an opportunity to produce and direct talent for both short format commercials and long format video productions. In 2002, FOX35 became an O & O of Newscorp and John was added to the promotions department. He continued as a commercial producer/director but began to work closely with the stations new management team in building marketing plans for the stations new news products.
In 2003, John was offered the position of Post Production Supervisor for UIX Studios, on the backlot of Universal Studios. UIX Studios was a leader in long format production.
In 2005, the three Blackburst members decided to put their efforts into the company full time. As a result, Blackburst has become one of Central Florida’s leading production companies, specializing in broadcast, corporate and industrial video production.
In 2008, Production Apprentice was started by John as a small blog dedicated to teaching the basics of production. Just shy of one year later, Production Apprentice gained a following of about 6000 people and earned the respect of some major players in the broadcast industry.
In 2011, just short of their ten year anniversary, the Blackburst Partners decided to head in different directions. Walter Lowe is now the president of Blackburst Entertainment and is acheiving great success. John formed Islander Entertainment and Red5 Creative…a production company and distribution company respectively…with the goal of producing and distributing original content. Joe Dorsey is now involved with Red5 Creative and the company’s first series, Travel Thru History, will appear in 75% of the nation beginning in September 2012.
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