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John Offord

Editor - Entertainment Technology Press

John Offord commenced his career in publishing with the launch of the British Theatre Directory in 1972, and followed this in 1973 with the monthly journal Entertainment & Arts Management which he also edited, and numerous books and pamphlets for the arts management sector.

In 1985 he launched the highly successful magazine Lighting and Sound International. This saw the beginning of a close involvement with PLASA (Professional Lighting and Sound Association), and when the Association took over the title in 1987 he continued as editor.

After leaving PLASA, he launched the news website Entertainment Technology News ( in January 1999 – the first dedicated site of its kind. In August 1999 he formed Entertainment Technology Press (now part of the Cambridge Media Group) in order to launch a major new series of 'print on demand' books for the industry.

The series now has nearly 50 titles in its list, with a continuous flow of new titles and revisions to existing titles to ensure the portfolio stays up-to-date with the latest industry progress.

John Offord is the series editor for ETP’s range of books.