Jamie King (producer)

Jamie King is a British filmmaker, writer, and activist, best known for directing Steal This Film,[1] a documentary that observes intellectual property in favour of P2P filesharing.[2][3][4] He is also the founder of VODO, an online crossmedia distribution project for film, games, books, and music.[5][6][7] Ted Hope described King as one of the "great free thinkers of Indie film."[8][9][10] He is currently host of the podcast STEAL THIS SHOW, produced in conjunction with TorrentFreak.[11]

Jamie King
Jamie King (13330238764).jpg
OccupationFilm director, producer, and writer
Notable work
Steal This Film, VODO


Jamie King studied at the University of Southampton, where he received a PhD for his thesis, "The Cultural Construction of Cyberspace". He also attended the prestigious University of Preston whilst living with his parents. He was an original member of the Mute editorial team and served as both Information politics editor and deputy editor. In 2003, he served as convenor of the Counter-Summit to the World Summit on Information Society.[12][13][14] During this time, he also published a column on the development of online culture for ITN and Channel 4 News.[15]

In 2006 he produced Steal This Film, one of the most downloaded film documentaries to date.[16][17][18] In the following year, he produced and directed Steal This Film 2 and Steal This Film “Spectrial Edition” (also called Steal This Film 2.5).[19][20]

In 2009 he founded VODO, a media distribution, crowdfunding and attention-sourcing network for independent artists.[21] VODO has distributed prominent projects including The Yes Men Fix The World, Pioneer One, and Zeitgeist. VODO has also generated millions of dollars in revenue using free-sharing distribution and voluntary payment models.[22]

King has also delivered lectures and keynotes at various events and top-tier universities worldwide.[23][24] He has published fiction,[25] academic articles,[26][27] as well as numerous articles in international media including The Times, The Guardian, the Telegraph, and others.[28][29]

He served as executive producer of the BitTorrent-only TV show titled Pioneer One.[30] Part of his film work has been featured in the Oscar-nominated film The Internet's Own Boy.[31] King currently hosts a podcast produced in conjunction with TorrentFreak titled Steal This Show. He also continues to work in other peer-to-peer distribution-related projects.[32][33][34]


Film Year Role
Steal This Film 2006 Director
Steal This Film 2 2007 Director
In Guantanamo 2009 Producer
Dark Fibre 2009 Co-director
Patent Absurdity 2010 Producer
Republic of Soya 2011 Director


  1. ^ "Steal This Film". Top Documentaries.
  2. ^ "Steal This Film – Features". The Guardian. 25 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Steal This Film II". Britdoc.
  4. ^ "Piracy May Be An Indie Filmmaker's Best Friend: Discuss". IndieWire. 12 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Questions With…VODO Founder Jamie King". GigaOM. 22 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Meet the Team". VODO.
  7. ^ "Meet the Team". Fast Company. 19 July 2011.
  8. ^ "21 Great Free Thinkers of Indie Film". The Wrap. 28 December 2009.
  9. ^ Bradshaw, Nick (25 July 2008). "Documentaries in the downloading age". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Dazed went to check out the festival of new cinema and digital culture in Liverpool". Dazed Digital. 13 October 2009.
  11. ^ "Interview: Cory Doctorow". Light Speed Magazine. 15 January 2013.
  12. ^ Hintz, Arne (2009). Civil Society Media and Global Governance: Intervening Into the World Summit on the Information Society. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 164. ISBN 9783825818067.
  13. ^ "Terror is a Network". Meta Mute. 3 October 2002.
  14. ^ "Technofile: Political Correction". The Independent. 14 June 1998.
  15. ^ "Coincidence of bomb exercises?". Channel 4.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Greg (2011). "Rethinking the public/virtual sphere: the problem with participation". New Media & Society. 13 (5): 739–754. doi:10.1177/1461444810379862. S2CID 32379644.
  17. ^ "Sian's been very naughty". New Statesman. 9 June 2021.
  18. ^ Daly, Steven (12 February 2007). "Pirates of the Multiplex". Vanityfair. No. March.
  19. ^ Menotti, Gabriel (January 2012). "Distribución digital de películas: compromiso tecnológico, transgresión institucional y experiencia mediática en el estreno en línea de Steal This Film II". L'Atalante (13): 12–19.
  20. ^ Kerrigan, Finola (2009). Film Marketing. Routledge. p. 208. ISBN 9781136440007.
  21. ^ "Alt.Doc.Funding". Point of View Magazine.
  22. ^ Daly, Steven (12 February 2007). "Pirates of the Multiplex". Vanity Fair. No. March.
  23. ^ "The Blur Banff proposal". Knowledge Ecology.
  24. ^ Gratz, Joseph. "Reform in the "Brave Kingdom": Alternative Compensation Systems for Peer-to-Peer File Sharing". Minnesota Journal of Law. 6 (1). Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Technofile: Political Correction". The Independent. 14 June 1998.
  26. ^ "Bug planet: Frontier myth in Starship Troopers". Research Gate.
  27. ^ King, J.J. (1999). "The (Un)Lucky dragon: monstrous futures". Futures. 31 (1): 117–122. doi:10.1016/S0016-3287(98)00120-7.
  28. ^ "Google Tries to Make It Harder to Download Illegally". New York Magazine.
  29. ^ "Techno-orientalism, digital fetishism". Eye Magazine.
  30. ^ "Bittorrent Only TV Show Becomes Huge Success". TorrentFreak.
  31. ^ Montro, Alexandre (2016). The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307271662.
  32. ^ "Dazed went to check out the festival of new cinema and digital culture in Liverpool". Dazed. 13 October 2009.
  33. ^ "Crossmedia Toronto unveils 26-speaker lineup". Playback.
  34. ^ "Interview: Cory Doctorow". LightSpeed Magazine. 15 January 2013.