John Graydon

John is a member of the finance committee of the Production Guild. 

As a partner at Saffery Champness, John provides specialist advice on accessing film and television financing opportunities in the UK and overseas.

His list of clients includes many significant members of the international film and television community. These include Universal Studios, Lucas Film, Disney/Marvel, HBO, Lionsgate, CBS, 20th Century Fox, ABC, Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Paramount, DreamWorks, MGM, The Weinstein Company, Endor, GK Films, Working Title, Focus Features, Lionsgate TV, Pot-boiler Films, Marv Films, Cloud Eight Productions, as well as a variety of other UK independent producers.

During his career, John has been involved in advising on hundreds of films and television shows, including more recently, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Three Billboards, Victoria, Downton Abbey, Fast & Furious 6, Game of Thrones, The Jungle Book, Beauty & the Beast and The Imitation Game.

Away from the cut and thrust of the commercial world, John has been a mainstay of film policy in the UK for a number of years, advising both the UK government and key strategic film agencies.

In 2006, John was a key member of an industry group that, over several months, advised the UK government on the creation of the Film Tax Relief (FTR) and was also part of the TV coalition that worked on the introduction of the TV Tax Relief. More recently, John was instrumental in the introduction of the new enhancements to the FTR.

John has also provided expert advice to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. This has included seminal work on the Culture Test (a key qualification criterion for the FTR) on how films should be evaluated. In addition, John has been involved in various discussions surrounding government incentives outside of the UK.