Biography of John Ellis
John Ellis (born 23 May 1952) is a British former TV producer and professor of media arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. Ellis studied English at the University of Cambridge 1970-3 and at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at University of Birmingham 1973-6. From 1978-1982 he taught Film Studies at University of Kent at Canterbury
In 1982 he joined Simon Hartog and Keith Griffiths to form Large Door, the company that bid successfully to make Visions, a magazine series on world cinema for Channel 4 when it opened in 1982. Visions ran for three series until 1985. Griffiths left the company in 1984, and Ellis and Hartog continued producing documentaries separately and together until Hartog's death in 1992.
Large Door made over 100 documentaries until it ceased production in 1999. The company produced two documentaries on the Cinema of China presented by Tony Rayns: Cinema in China (1983) outlined the history, hitherto scarcely known in the West; and New Chinese Cinema (1989) concentrated on the 'Fifth Generation'