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John Canning

Chair - New Media Council
Producers Guild of America


John Canning’s career has spanned media production, delivery and platforms for over 20 years. Canning runs MediaSherpa Consulting and Productions that focuses on digital media and game strategy and technology consulting for major companies such as Mary Margaret Network, Disney as well as small startups. In addition, MediaSherpa Productions has done work for the likes of the Vatican, the Monaco Film Festival and ARC – The A&R Channel. John currently serves as the executive producer and videographer for Green Living Project.

Prior to MediaSherpa, John held several production roles including Senior Producer and Project Manager for Yahoo! Studios and Yahoo! News overseeing original productions as well as Director of Content Distribution and Field Producer and photographer for Richard Bangs Adventures.

Before Yahoo, John was a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft’s eHome Division where he led external evangelism for applications and services for eHome, working with external third parties in the areas of media and data distribution, content, and whole home control and services. In addition, he was Product Manager for the Microsoft TV division where he was responsible for VOD, interactive services, conditional access and billing integration into the MSTV Server solution.

Canning’s career in media-focused technology began on the hardware side at Scientific Atlanta, where he was an RF Engineer and Application Architect in the Set Top Box and Cable Modem divisions. Since then, his career has spanned the gamut of media technologies, providing him with unique insight into the influences and balances among those technologies, and how they can best be employed.