The media consultant and digital media investor has been described by many in the industry as one of the most influential people in British television; hardly an understatement when you consider his role in the dawning of reality television some 12 years ago, and development of lifestyle television programmes generally.
All of that might never have happened had he not, in his own words, graduated from Cambridge with "a poor law degree,” which he says left him with no alternative but to follow a career in the media.
He began honing his broadcast skills with a place on the BBC News training scheme and went on to work as a researcher and later a reporter for the corporation, but it was his role in helping to develop the Beeb’s iconic Food and Drink show in the early 1980s that brought his creative skills to the fore.
In 1987 he founded his own production company, Bazal, which was later bought by the Dutch production firm Endemol. And it was as the Chief Creative Officer of Endemol that he was responsible for devising some of the most popular and successful TV formats ever screened, including Ground Force, Ready Steady Cook, and Changing Rooms. Then, in 2000 he brought a whole new dimension to the world of television when he introduced Big Brother to the UK from the Netherlands, giving rise to one of broadcast media’s most fascinating and controversial formats; intrusive reality television.
A published author, his books include Billion Dollar Game, a book about the business of TV formats, The Food Revolution as well as You Don’t Have To Diet, which he co-authored.
He has held and still holds a number of prestigious roles, including Chairman of the English National Opera and President of the Royal Television Society, and is a consultant to two of Sony’s television divisions in the UK.
He also finds time to appear as a regular speaker at global media events, and lectures on media convergence and creativity.
Sir Peter has said that he is proud of inventing TV formats that have gone on to become hits all over the world; so when he speaks at the Entrepreneur Country Forum on why Small is the new Big – he’ll be speaking from a position of global experience and success.
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