After graduating with a degree in Russian in 1989, Paul worked as a researcher, producer and reporter on live interview and news shows, current affairs programs such as the BBC's 'Newsnight, magazine shows like 'The World This Week' and many current affairs programs and documentaries.
His directing career began in 1999 with 'Soldat', a feature-length film telling the story of conscripts in the then-crumbling Russian army. He went on to direct 20+ films around the world for the BBC, PBS and ARTE - specialising in tough investigations in Russia, the Balkans, the Middle East and elsewhere. His most recent film was 'The Warning'. Made in 2016, it tells the extraordinary story of how the CIA and their Russian counterparts the GRU teamed up for 6 years in the 1990's to recruit the world's top scientists and grant them access to intelligence platforms and data to study climate change.
Paul filmed and interviewed hundreds of people and leaders at all levels of society worldwide. His films were broadcast to millions of people internationally.
He started to instruct online in 2014, and now has 26,000 students in 151 countries studying filmmaking, storytelling, narration and associated skills.
In 2019, Paul founded Brilliantio, which aims to become the premier platform for storytelling in service of a more humane and progressive world. In November 2019, Brilliantio will launch a live-streaming talk show, an online Academy and a virtual networking community. At the heart of or community are passionate storytellers and story fans.
We have a core team of six highly talented people, whose skill sets cross technology, communication, community development and digital marketing. We work also with external teams and partners.