Richard Johns is established as one of the UK’s most enterprising and innovative television and film producers, now moving further into US and international markets.
Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, Richard went to Oxford University to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1983 for a Bachelor of Arts. His working career started at Procter and Gamble in Brand Management, which he left to co-found one of the UK’s first independent television production companies following the UKgovernment’s Broadcasting Act 1990.
Initially producing commercials and then TV programmes, Richard quickly discovered a skill for spotting outstanding new talent, harnessing the best writers and directors to achieve both commercial and critical success. In his early television career he produced ground-breaking TV drama discovering a raft of new writers and directors including Neil Marshall (THE DESCENT, GAME OF THRONES, BLACK SAILS) and Bharat Nalluri (SPOOKS, HUSTLE, LIFE ON MARS). His first film, KILLING TIME, sold to Columbia TriStar in 1995 for worldwide rights and continues in global distribution now 17 years after it was first released.
Richard has produced and co-produced a string of high profile independent British, American and international feature films including the double Academy Award-nominated thriller-drama SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE starring John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe and Eddie Izzard, the Orlando Bloom/Billie Piper comedy vehicle THE CALCIUM KID with Working Title Films, and psychological drama LIKE MINDS with Eddie Redmayne, Tom Sturridge and Toni Collette.
In 2009 Richard co-founded Corona Television with producing partner Rupert Jermyn creating a company with a sharp focus on creating high value, commercial television and film content for global audiences and building a significant world film and TV business. Most recently at Corona, Richard and Rupert co-created and produced teen horror TRUTH OR DARE which has now sold to 24 countries, and the blackly comic thriller THE LIABILITY starring Tim Roth, Peter Mullan and Jack O’Connell.
Richard is a voting member of BAFTA, the Production Guild of Great Britain and Ateliers du Cinema Européen. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Media School, Bournemouth University.