Jo Colan is an award winning presenter, writer, producer and director, recognized for numerous achievements in creating content for television, radio and online platforms. Highly versatile and engaged, she has deep and diverse experience in all aspects of media and programme development for globally recognized brands. She is also a content expert in the arts & culture, news reporting, science and technology, health and nutrition, and global travel arenas. Fluent in French, she has worked extensively in both the US and Europe.
Jo co-presented original series Dean of Invention alongside renowned American inventor Dean Kamen. The series aired on the Discovery Network –
“Dean of Invention follows Dean Kamen and Jo Colan as they explore the emerging technologies being developed to tackle the most daunting global challenges of today. In each episode, Kamen and Colan encounter the world’s latest cutting-edge creations by embedding themselves with leading scientists, doctors and inventors. From space-age robotics to artificial intelligence to biological breakthroughs, Dean of Invention reveals the visionary scientific advancements that have the ability to reinvent the future.”
Previously, Jo anchored and co-produced Rocketboom for close to three years. Widely regarded as the pioneer of video podcasts with tens of millions of episode views to date, Rocketboom has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, Rolling Stone magazine, Forbes, Wired magazine, The Guardian, PBS, Newsweek, and Businessweek who labeled it “the best show of its kind”. Steve Jobs included Joanne hosting Rocketboom in his “Stevenotes” keynote speech when he introduced the iTV in September of 2006.
Jo wrote and presented a 13-episode original travel series filmed in North & Central America, Europe and Asia which aired on USA channel Fine Living Network.
Before then, Jo held a multiple of creative roles including Presenter, Writer, Producer, Director, and for a number of critically acclaimed media outlets. These include: MTV International where she presented MTV Movie Special, Select MTV, MTV:New, MTV Top 20 Countdown, MTV’s Winterjam, and MTV Presents, broadcast to over 124 million households in over 50 countries and territories; M6, France’s most profitable television station; BBC; M6 Music; and TFI, Europe’s most viewed television network as well as France 3, the country’s second largest public TV network. In radio, Jo worked for BBC Radio One in London, presenting and co-producing “BBC Radio One Roadshow”; and also presented a number of music and celebrity interview shows for Radio Scoop in France.
Jo has won numerous awards including “Best European Music programme” for MTV Top 20; a coveted Streamy Award for Best News/Political Web Series for Rocketboom and is the UK recipient of Gerhard Weiler Academic Distinction, National Higher Education Award.
Jo is an AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners) Certified Integrative Nutritionist. As well as developing health and wellness programming for a number of media brands, she has worked with doctors and medical practitioners integrating nutrition and lifestyle therapies for patients.
Jo received a Masters, Journalism from Aix-en-Provence University and was distinguished with First Class Honours from the University of London in French and Performing Arts.
Jo lives in both London and New York.