John Maidens

John Maidens

Producer/Director / Executive Producer

  • Location: West Midlands
  • Career stage: Expert
  • Freelancer: Available
Production Safety Passport

Bold, creative and experienced award-winning writer/director and executive producer.

An Oceanographer / Zoologist and experienced scuba-diving Instructor, John began his TV career at the BBC’s Natural History Uni and has since produced/directed all over the world in many different genres from factual entertainment, documentaries to drama-documentaries and drama.

Talent spotted by BAFTA and trained as a multi-camera drama director at the BBC Academy, John has a strong track record with major broadcasters, 

Profoundly deaf from birth, John is an instinctive story-teller with a cinematic flair. As Writer / Director, he won an RTS Best Fiction award for his first short film, Caterpillar which premiered at EIFF.

An experienced producer/director and executive producer with a strong track record of diverse creative and robust editorial content for digital and broadcast. Deeply passionate about diversity, John is a fully inclusive leader and creative collaborator.


This ScreenSkills member holds a Production Safety Passport.

Safe Management of TV Productions


12 Oct 2017 - 11 Oct 2022

ScreenSkills funded training courses attended.

Leadership and Management for Film Professionals

Mission Accomplished

6 Mar 2020

ScreenSkills tests passed.

Coronavirus basic awareness on production training


20 Aug 2020 - 20 Feb 2021

Work History

Executive Producer / Director / Mentor/Coach - Various

Oct 2017 - Jan 2019

Managing Director - InterpreterNow / SignHealth

Jan 2014 - Sep 2017

Owner/Creative Director - AngelFish Productions Ltd

Sep 2006 - Dec 2013

Assistant Producer / Producer/Director - BBC TV (London)

May 1996 - Mar 2006

Researcher - BBC TV Network Features (Birmingham)

May 1991 - May 1996

Researcher - BBC Natural History Unit

Dec 1990 - Mar 1991


Zoology + Oceanography - BSc Joint Honours - Swansea University

Sep 1987 - Jul 1990


  • Business skills/running a business
  • Content Strategy
  • Scriptwriting
  • Business Management
  • Creative Teams
  • Diversity
  • Drama
  • drama directing
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Management and Leadership
  • Team Leadership
  • Team Player
  • Thought Leadership