Who is John Lomas-Bullivant?
I believe people like to do business with people they feel comfortable with, trust and respect. I have always prided myself on building relationships with people in the industry throughout my career.
"I have worked with John at various times over many years and he has always struck me as a thoughtful executive, with that rare mix of skills we need in the entertainment industry; great creative instincts and strong business acumen. John has an excellent reputation; I respect his opinion, and have no hesitation in recommending him".
I have had the pleasure of working with John on a number of children's projects over the years and I always found him to be conscientious, detail-oriented and equipped with keen creative instincts. Always an affable partner, John is able to balance the needs of a project with the needs of the client(s) while at the same time negotiating the ins and outs of international partnerships. I would not hesitate to work with him again.
I worked with John when I was at CITV, where he was the Executive Producer and distributor of Captain Mack which had been commissioned by the network. John was a true professional to work with, he has a real grasp on what will appeal to the target children's demographic, in this case pre school and took notes from the broadcaster well to continually strive to deliver the most creative show, on a tight budget. John often suggested unique ways to develop the show further, with a real eye for detail on the set and costume design, scripting and casting. John was passionate for the project and cared deeply to produce the best programme with his team for CITV.
I think you’d be a perfect fit for a lead creative position. I remember distinctly thinking right when we met that you had great creative instincts. We were on the BAA jury together back in 2000, I think it was. On the jury, I remember appreciating that you were so smart and so comfortable with your opinions but completely interested in other people's opinions.
In the years that followed our meeting, you sent me a number of projects, and although they didn’t always fit what I was doing at CN, the projects were always smart, interesting, creative and atypical. You had natural instincts, impressive sensitivity and a great creative sense. Most importantly, you were keenly aware of your audience. I think running your own small company has given you good management instincts, which as you know are a crucial fit with good creative instincts.
I think you'd make a strong creative head, work comfortably within a much larger corporate structure and make smart decisions, understanding what is needed by the networks by bringing in the right creatives. You can do that. You've done all of that already. Good Luck.
Chief Content Officer - Turner Kids Group(EMEA), &
General Manager - Cartoon Network Studios Arabia (ME)
Director, Original Content at TELETOON
Vice President, Children's Programming, PBS
Director of Programming, Disney Channels UK & Ireland
ZDF Feature Film Department
I know John since nearly 20 years. I met him, when I was the Head of the Children's and Youth department at ZDF German television (from 1992 to 2003).
I enjoyed very much working with John. We did business together on various animation series (while he was with different companies). John always was a good partner to talk to because he was interested in and took care both of the business and the creative side of his projects. He was always solution oriented, definitely trying to keep all parties content and organize for a win-win-feeling for all those involved. He had very good connections to the creative community, lots of own ideas and was very convincing when pitching a project.
If John and I would be working in the same area today, I am sure I would still be doing business with him!
Head of Programming and Acquisitions ABC Television
I've known and worked with John for many, many years and it always was a great pleasure to deal with him. He's passionate about children's content, extremely creative and at the same time keeps a good eye on the "numbers". In case you get a chance to work with him: go for it!
John and I first met in 1998 when I joined Nickelodeon US in Content Acquisitions. We spent the better part of my tenure at Nickelodeon working together, never missing an opportunity to meet at a market. John was always passionate about projects he would present and was also respectful and professional. Even when John decided to take a short leave of absence from the kids business, we kept in touch. I’m now at Turner Entertainment as Vice President of Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions for the Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the US.
It seems like yesterday we were sitting in the Palais during MIPCOM discussing a project! It would be fantastic to work with John again.
We talk about the people in the kids business as having a tremendous sense of family and community. People in the kids business are also committed to their craft and dedicate months, sometimes year to their projects. Many of us have been collaborating since before we had children of our own and have watched our families grow as we grow old ourselves. It is through these life experiences that we have found greater meaning in our professional dealings and relationships. John exemplifies someone who is beloved throughout our community and I join the long list of people who would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with him again.
VP Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Cartoon Network and Boomerang