James Ross


Red flag to a bull: James Ross, Lightning Int’l

It’s a common sight in Asia: husband and wife, together on the sofa – or possibly propped up on pillows in bed, each with a tablet watching their favourite TV shows. Not long ago, it was an entirely different story. When I first came to Asia almost twenty years ago, it was not unusual to […]

TV Formats: Made in China

A decade ago China was considered the enemy of the international formats business, but today it is a key international buyer. Now, its producers and broadcasters are looking to export their own wares. “I’ve been doing business in China for the last decade. I was there trying to sell my formats when they were all […]

James Ross’ Lightning hires distribution director

Lightning International has recruited Julien Dutronc as director of TV distribution Lightning is the Hong Kong-based channels and programme distributor run by former ITV Studios and Bloomberg executive James Ross. The company distributes channels and content into Asia from partners including Lagardere and Trace. Dutronc joins the company from TV5 Monde where he managed channel […]