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Jo Ho

Screenwriter & Director
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Jo Ho is a self-taught, award-winning British screenwriter and director who gained her first broadcast credit when she created and wrote one of CBBC’s most ambitious productions in history, the action packed fantasy, Spirit Warriors.  The show was the UK’s first TV drama series to star a predominately East Asian cast, with Jo, the first Chinese person to have created a UK drama series.

Known for her high concept genre work, Jo is now in development on a number of original television series including a medieval action adventure for acclaimed producers Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn (The Borgias, The Tudors, Vikings, Camelot) and a US genre show for Rick Porras (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and William Morris agent turned producer, Gary Pearl.  Jo also has several original screenplays under consideration including sci fi thriller, Spore and supernatural thriller, Bloodlines.

In 2010, Jo was named Winner of the Women In Film and Television’s ‘New Talent’ Award.  She was also nominated for CDN’s ‘Best Breakthrough Production Talent’ Award, with Spirit Warriors in the running for ‘Best Children’s Programme’ at 2011’s Broadcast Award’s.  Jo was also named one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Chinese People in the UK, and presented with the Big Ben Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement by a Chinese Woman in the UK Film and Television Industry’.

Since Spirit Warriors, Jo has been hired as a story consultant for BBC Worldwide and as a judge for BBC Writersroom’s ‘BBC Bites’ writing scheme.

In addition to writing, Jo also directs.  Her first short film Isolation 9 won best film at the Buffalo San Film Festival.  She followed this with Monkey Nut Tales which was chosen by Film London for their prestigious PULSE strand.  The short film debuted at the Times BFI London Film Festival.

Jo has participated in international development schemes including Pygmalion (Pal Labs) and was sponsored by AMPAS (Oscars Association), NFTS and the Film Council on a trip to LA, as one of the UK’s top upcoming talents.

Outside of her own work, Jo teaches and provides script reading, coverage and consultancy services.  Clients have included John Calley Productions and Universal Studios.

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