John Leahy



John is a master storyteller who has been relaying tales of all genres and styles for over two decades.

Over the years he has produced a huge variety of programs from massive shiny floor entertainment and awards shows, to some of the greatest challenge based reality shows in the world. He has also live-produced and/or directed most of the major sports that exist, including the Olympic Games

John’s varied and unusual range of experiences makes him uniquely qualified to tackle the biggest, newest and greatest shows that may need a different feel or tone, or conversely require a steady hand and strong leadership to maintain market prominence.

Whether it be weaving the stories of celebrities stepping through outrageous challenges in I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, playing intriguing mind games with the contestants on The Mole, having stars show us their twinkle toes on Dancing With The Stars or liaising with the management of some of the worlds biggest names on various shows such as Robbie Williams, Keith Urban, Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Rebel Wilson, Temper Trap and many more, John relishes bringing together, and leading, great people to tell compelling stories.

John spent  2 years as COO, SVP, Astro Entertainment in Kuala Lumpur. In this role he oversaw the running of the 9 local Bahasa Channels for the ASTRO platform and managed an average of 5,000 hours of fresh content per year, excluding News & Sports. He introduced new formats to the platform including Masterchef, Mr & Mrs and Minute To Win It, which was also run as an Asian production hub with NBCU. John is very familiar with managing large scale productions in Asia.