Jo is a self-taught, award-winning British screenwriter, director and now, author, who gained her first broadcast credit when she created and wrote one of CBBC’s most ambitious productions in history, the action packed-fantasy, SPIRIT WARRIORS starring Jessica Henwick (GAME OF THRONES, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and Marvel's IRON FIST) and Benedict Wong (DOCTOR STRANGE, MARCO POLO). The show was the UK’s first TV drama series to star a predominately East Asian cast, with Jo being the first East Asian person - man or woman - to have created a UK drama series.
In 2010, Jo was named Winner of the Women In Film and Television’s ‘NEW TALENT’ Award. She was also nominated for the Cultural Diversity Network's ‘BEST BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCTION TALENT’ Award, with Spirit Warriors in the running for ‘BEST CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME’ at the 2011 Broadcast Award’s. Jo was also named one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Chinese People in the UK, and presented with the Big Ben Award for ‘OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A CHINESE WOMAN IN THE UK FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY’.
Known for her character-driven and high-concept genre work, she has developed a number of original television series including a medieval action-adventure for acclaimed producers Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn (THE BORGIAS, VIKINGS, PENNY DREADFUL), and an action fantasy drama for OSCAR nominated producer, Meta Louise Foldager Sorensen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, MELANCHOLIA). She also has several original screenplays in development including supernatural thriller, BLOODLINES, family fantasy, SKETCH, and CHINA BLUES, a comedy-drama, funded by CREATIVE ENGLAND. Jo also writes for games, one of her projects being an MMORPG.
In addition to writing, Jo also directs. Her first short film ISOLATION 9 won best film at the Buffalo San Film Festival. She followed this up with MONKEY NUT TALES which was chosen by Film London for their prestigious PULSE strand. The short film debuted at the Times BFI London Film Festival.
Jo suffers from MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities), a debilitating condition she has developed over the last few years which has left her mostly housebound. Unfortunately, it is still not officially recognized in the UK despite the World Health Organisation listing it as a physical disability. There is currently no help for sufferers of MCS in the UK. Unable to travel or attend meetings and writersrooms, she has lost many screenwriting opportunities but has refused to allow the condition to rule her life. Despite the wrench life has thrown at her, Jo started to write and publish books.
WANTED, Book 1 of The Chase Ryder Series is Jo's debut novel. With over 150 five-star reviews, it has been a best-seller in over 15 Young Adult categories on Amazon and recently won the YA Sci-fi category for the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards (2018).
Her second YA book series, Twisted, an urban fantasy serial featuring four troubled girls - including an Asian American and an African American lead character - who discover they now command some super dark powers, has recently released. Written in a style similar to a US TV series, Jo has already released the first eleven books in the series. Jo is now working towards turning her book series into films and television series. It is one of Jo’s goals to write popular genres that feature authentic diverse lead characters.
Outside of her own work, Jo has helped many others with their projects and is one of the BFI's recommended script consultants. To learn about Jo's script consultancy work, CLICK HERE
Jo is a voting member of BAFTA and represented by Matthew Dench at The Dench Arnold Agency.
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