A native Clevelander raised in Central America, Johnny K. Wu is an award-winning producer, director and editor for over 25 years. H earned his MBA from Cleveland State University specializing in marketing and branding.
Johnny is fluent in Chinese, Spanish and English. His media/event production company Media Design Imaging was founded in 1998 with a combined of 60+ years of experience, providing video and event producing to non and for profit corporates, small businesses and filmmaking community.
He is well known and respected within the Asian Pacific American community in Ohio, having served as President of OCAGC (Organization of Chinese Americans in Greater Cleveland). He is one of three co-founders of the Cleveland Asian Festival which draws 50,000 people to Cleveland’s AsiaTown and has produced the event since inception in 2010.
Johnny is recognized and respected by other ethnic cultural groups as the Producer for the Cleveland Cultural Gardens’ One World Day since 2015.
Johnny K. Wu is one of the few pioneers in engaging talents/skills in Cleveland’s independent filmmakers’ industry. In October 2003, he founded the monthly Cleveland IndieClub to provide a voice for local visual artists to showcase their work and visions, IndieClub was a national movement with meet up at numerous cities, and Cleveland is now the oldest running group.
As a filmmaker, Wu has 14+ feature films successfully distributed worldwide since 2005. He has given workshops and talk about filmmaking, marketing, branding, producing and distribution at several conventions including Wizard World Cleveland, FanExpo Cleveland, Horror Hotel Film Festival and Convention IndieGathering Film Festival and Convention for over 10 years, also provided lectures at CES and NAB in Las Vegas.
He has provided insights and consultation in branding and marketing to nonprofits and small businesses as well as a known film/producing figure in social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Clubhouse. Wu owns a YouTube channel where he does product reviews and interviews with many prominent producers in the country. Wu also has done numerous speaking engagements at universities, conventions and festivals on topic related to Asian culture and diversity.
Johnny’s recent scifi-action feature Wu Lin The Society, has signed for distribution while still winning awards (over 24). He’s latest documentary History of Cleveland’s Chinatown is currently screening at many festivals in Cleveland including showing at WKYC and WVIZ, while winning awards including a Telly. Wu currently in post-production of his latest action thriller Bullets, Brothers and Blood, expected to premiere in early 2024. In his spare time, he loves to watch movies, eat different cuisines and sleep.
Johnny K. Wu currently sits as an executive board member of St. Clair Superior Development Corp, member of the International Task Force for Cleveland Museum of Art, WKYC Community Council Member, City of Cleveland Consumer Affairs Community Board, VP of Communications for OCA Cleveland Chapter, ClevelandPeople.com Ambassador and more. He is an inductee into two Martial Arts Halls of Fame, and an inductee of the International Indie Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
Johnny K. Wu will be inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame Class of 2024 by Margaret W. Wong.