John Stainton started his television career as a cameraman - producing and directing television commercials and music clips in the 1970's. In 1976 he won his first national award from the Television Society of Australia for 'Best Documentary of the Year' for "Journey to a Legend". In 1980 he teamed with Australian television celebrity Jacki MacDonald to produce a daily 'live' breakfast show, which ran continuously for 3 years. In 1985 John and Jacki founded The Best Picture Show Company to expand into international advertising and national television production.
In 1990 John visited Australia Zoo and in 1992 John launched an unknownSteve Irwin onto Australian television with a blockbuster documentary titled "The Crocodile Hunter". This initial one-hour program grew over the years to some 300 episodes of television for Discovery Networks USA including "Croc Files"(nominated for an Emmy Award) “Croc Diaries” – a behind the scenes look at Australia Zoo, a travel series – “Steve Irwin’s Great Escapes”, a number of NBC Specials and “New Breed Vets” accelerating a fledgling Discovery Network called Animal Planet into television history. In 2002 John directed Steve in his first Hollywood movie “Collision Course” for MGM and John produced Steve’s most favorite series called “Ghosts of War”.
In late 2005 John commenced production on Bindi Irwin’s first DVD - “Kidfitness”. Then in 2007 he launched her to the world in a new TV series “Bindi The Jungle Girl” which won Bindi an Emmy Award in 2008. John also followed up a second ‘Kidfitness – Jungle Dance Party’ DVD.
In 2008 John formed a new company – Sunshine Beach Pictures and produced a docu/drama television series called“Your Worst Animal Nightmares”. In 2009 he produced Bindi Irwin in her first movie “Free Willy – Escape from Pirates Cove” for Warner Brothers Premiere.