Speakers

Michael Gudinski

Chairman, The Mushroom Group of Companies

He’s been called the rock guru, the music mogul, the mushroom man, and is widely recognised as one of the most important figures in the history of the Australian music industry. Irrefutably, he is a man of many faces and his many business interests reflect the multiple facets of both his personality and his talents.

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Jennie Sager

Head of Entertainment, APAC, Twitter

Throughout her career, Jennie has produced award-winning programs for the top television networks, including MTV, Discovery, NBC, ABC, CBS, The Nine Network, and HGTV. She has worked in more than 65 countries and has been front and centre at the world’s biggest events, including Superbowl XLVIII, The Academy Awards, The Grammy Awards, and The Logies. As an Executive Producer with MTV Networks in New York City.

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Lucien Boyer

Chief Marketing Officer, Vivendi

Lucien Boyer is Chief Marketing Officer at Vivendi, the leading integrated media and content group. In cooperation with Vivendi’s different businesses, he is responsible for accelerating the development of integrated marketing offers within the Group, and identifying partners willing to associate their brands to the Group’s activities in the fields of talent, live events, merchandising,…

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Reemah Sakaan

Director of Marketing & Media, ITV

Reemah Sakaan is ITV’s Director of Marketing and Media, responsible for ITV’s UK and international TV channels and on demand brands.

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Geoff Ikin

General Manager, Global Media and PR, Tourism Australia

Geoff has over 15 years’ experience across Media, Advertising, PR, Events and Agency Management, previously working for IMG/Rugby World Cup, Sydney Olympics, David Jones and more recently the Westpac Group.

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Alison Hearne

National Marketing Manager, Universal Pictures International

Alison Hearne has a media career spanning 15 years, with 7 of these years dedicated to driving the media communications for Universal Pictures at Mediacom. At Universal Pictures, Alison is responsible for managing the ATL marketing and media campaigns, creative development and driving the evolution of Universal Pictures digital communications.

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Neil Perry

Director, The Rockpool Group

Neil Perry AM is Australia’s leading and most influential chef.

He has managed several quality restaurants in Australia and today concentrates on his flagship brand, the Rockpool Group, which includes Eleven Bridge, Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, Spice Temple Sydney and Melbourne, and Rosetta Ristorante in Melbourne.

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Melanie Novacan

Marketing Director, Stan

Melanie Novacan is currently the Director of Marketing for leading local SVOD brand Stan. She recently spearheaded the launch of the re-boot of the cult-classic ‘Wolf Creek’ as a TV series, as well as campaigns for other exclusive-to-Stan TV shows, Billions, Unreal, Power and Younger, whilst taking Stan’s subscriber growth from strength to strength across the country.

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Olivier Robert-Murphy

Global Head of New Business, Universal Music Group

Olivier has been with Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, since 2001. He now heads up Universal Music & Brands globally, providing innovative and entertaining business solutions to brands.

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Ana Bacic

Marketing Director, Seven Network

Having spent nearly a decade at Seven, Ana leads a team of national and state based marketers, responsible for the development and implementation of Seven West Media strategies and campaigns across the company’s TV brands and platforms.

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Rick Gleave

Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Pandora

Rick Gleave is Director of Business Development at Pandora Internet Radio Australia & New Zealand, and responsible for commercial partnerships across retail, smartphone, tablet, TV and the connected car. A significant background in mobile and media over the years has ensured that Gleave always has his finger on the pulse with regards to up and coming consumer technologies, making his appointment at Pandora in 2013 a role that embraces the streaming music business, an obvious one. In Gleave’s eyes, the opportunity to work for what is essentially a mobile first driven company was just too good to pass up.

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Em Rusciano

Singer, Writer, TV and Radio Presenter, Stand-up Comedian

After belting out tunes in the privacy of her shower in her early twenties, Em auditioned for Australian Idol. She made the Top Ten finalists during the show’s hugely popular second season, and her star began to ascend. In Idol she showed she had more to offer than solely as a singer, and the media…

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Thomas Heymann

Head of Artist & Industry Relations, Pandora ANZ

Worked with artists as diverse as Michael Jackson, Fugees, Cold Chisel, Rammstein and Tina Arena.

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Katy Eng

Content Strategy Director, OMD

Katy is now OMD Sydney’s Content Strategy Director, responsible for creating smart, insightful, data-driven content strategies for clients like Bacardi, Qantas, Intel and Telstra.

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Andrew McEvoy

Managing Director, Life Media Events, Fairfax Media

Andrew McEvoy is the Managing Director of Life & Events at Fairfax Media. He came to the role at the start of 2014 after 20 years in the tourism and travel industry, most recently as Managing Director of Tourism Australia (four years), the nation’s global marketing agency.

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Jane Saleh

Associate Director Brand Strategy, Optus

Jane is Associate Director of Brand at Optus. Over the last 12 months Jane has led the development and implementation of the new Optus brand, repositioning Optus as an entertainment led network.

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Simon Kim

Tenor, Opera Australia

On the concert platform, Kim has sung with all the major Korean symphony orchestras as well as the Central Russia National Orchestra and the Ukraine Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, he moved to Sydney, Australia and has become a principal artist with Opera Australia.

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Kate Nicholls

Head of Promotions, 20th Century Fox

Kate has worked in numerous marketing roles for leading Hollywood film studios, including Cinema International Corporation (HE distributor for Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures) and most recently with 20th Century Fox. This has given her the opportunity to help market some of the world’s most successful films.

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Martin Brown

Head of Alliances & Partner Solutions, Samsung

A versatile IT executive with over 20 years industry experience specialising in enterprise mobility and cloud computing solutions, Martin has proven capability in the enterprise software and mobility solutions market with a successful track record of launching new enterprise products and services and building brand success and market share both in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region.

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Sarah Pike

Head of Marketing, Mastercard

Sarah joined Mastercard as Head of Marketing Australasia in July 2016 bringing over 20 years’ experience in the digital, technology, telco, media & retail sectors.

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Chris Daniels

Head of Digital Transformation, Sydney Opera House

As the Head of Digital Transformation, Chris is responsible for transforming people, process and governance as well as the technology to deliver a coherent digital experience for customers, drive operational effectiveness, increase engagement and drive revenue growth. He lead a team of people who are responsible for the operations and delivery for all Sydney Opera House digital marketing channels and platforms including websites and mobile applications, social media, email marketing, paid digital marketing, video distribution and content strategy.

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Ashley Ringrose

Owner, Soap Creative

Ashley is the founder of Soap Creative and since 2002 has worked on over 100 film and video game marketing projects. Working with brands and with the film/game studios in the USA.

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Tom Loud (aka Hot Dub Time Machine)

Hot Dub Time Machine was created and is performed by DJ Tom Loud from Sydney Australia. Since its first performance in 2011, Hot Dub has toured extensively around Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.K. It’s sold over 30,000 tickets at the Edinburgh, Adelaide and Sydney Festivals, shared stages with Chaka Khan and the Roots, received 4 and 5 star reviews everywhere and left a trail of broken dance floors.

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Rachael Lonergan

Head of Strategy, Foundation

Rachael has over 20 years of experience helping brands define what they stand for, and how to engage with the right audiences. She has senior level experience across many categories, most notably FMCG, Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical, Tourism and Retail.

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Tim “Rosso” Ross

TV and Radio Presenter, Stand-up Comedian, Writer

Best known for his work on TV and radio (he has the rare distinction of hosting both a number 1 drive show and breakfast show in Sydney) Tim Ross has a long-standing passion for architecture and design. Over the last four years, he has performed his live Man About the House show exclusively in architecturally-significant buildings and…

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Rob Farmer

Director of Content Marketing, Foxtel

Rob leads the team at Foxtel to build desire for its premium programming and products: everything from Game Of Thrones at the Opera House and A Place To Call Home garden parties, to seeding HBO’s The Night Of, Chris Hemsworth searching for his own movies, and a FOXSPORTING Nation.

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Linda Deubel

Director of Brands and Marketing, BBC Worldwide ANZ

Linda Deubel was appointed Director of Brands and Marketing for BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) in February 2015. As Director of Brands and Marketing, Linda oversees BBC Worldwide ANZ’s marketing department, delivering marketing and brand management services across all business areas, from channels, global brands and consumer products to programme sales, advertising sales,…

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Anthony Xydis

Chief Marketing Officer, ARN

As CMO, Anthony is a member of the executive team and is responsible for leading the marketing, communications, activations and insight function nationally, developing and implementing the strategy for consumer and trade across ARN’s portfolio of brands, including the KIIS and Pure Gold networks, iHeartRadio digital entertainment & music streaming platform and the Edge.

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Alli Hodge

Head of Artist & Label Marketing, Jaden Social

Alli Hodge has been working in the music industry for 12 years, starting as a promoter and agent in the UK before moving into music marketing consultancy for agencies seeking to partner brands with entertainers and music events.

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Tony Thomas

Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Nova Entertainment

Tony Thomas has been NOVA Entertainment’s Group Marketing Director since August 2010 and in July 2014 became Chief Marketing and Digital Officer with the additional responsibility of overseeing the company’s digital strategy.

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Caroline Spencer

Director of Development, FremantleMedia Australia

Spencer leads the development process for new entertainment and reality formats as well as adapting international formats for the Australian market.

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John Quertermous

Head of Marketing & Tourism, Opera Australia

John Quertermous has over five years of experience marketing the performing arts in Australia. In his current role John oversees the delivery of all of Opera Australia’s above-the-line marketing strategies and tourism sales. His previous experience includes positions with Showbiz International and Newtheatricals.

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Matt McGrath

Chief Brand Officer, Network Ten

Matt McGrath joined Network Ten as Chief Brand Officer in April 2013. Matt is responsible for Network Ten brand communications, marketing and promotions.

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James Mackinnon

Partner / Strategy Director, Taboo

James joined Taboo in 2015 after spending four years abroad as planning Director of StrawberryFrog New York. Prior to that he was at Clemenger BBDO and GPY&R, Melbourne.

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Duncan Campbell

National Content Director, ARN

As National Content Director of ARN, Duncan led the team responsible for the ratings growth of the network over the past 6 years and played a pivotal role in the successful launches of KIIS 1065 Sydney in 2014, taking the station straight to #1 FM, Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1 in 2015, and the refresh of the Pure Gold Network.

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Christiaan Van Vuuren

Actor and Co-creator of Bondi Hipsters and ABC TV's Soul Mates

Christiaan Van Vuuren is one half of the Van Vuuren Bros; Co-Creators, Writers and Directors of the ABC / NBC Multi-Platform comedy series ‘Soul Mates’, which has run for two seasons and is broadcast on ABC, iView, Netflix (Aus, NZ, UK, Ire) and SeeSo (USA).

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Jason Fielding (Moderator)

CEO, The Sound Campaign

Jason is the CEO of The Sound Campaign and has been involved in the creation of entertainment partnerships in music, sport and food for over 20 years.

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Benjamin Harrison

Head of Strategy, RE

Benjamin is Head of Strategy at RE, brand consultancy of the M&C Saatchi group. Here he has lead brand strategy for clients including Optus, Commbank, Woolworths, IAG, Uniting and Brand Australia.

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Tom Robinson

Head of Content Strategy & Distribution, Mediacom

As Head of Content Strategy & Distribution, I oversee the delivery of all content strategies for MediaCom’s clients nationally. With a background in SEO & Social Media, I started life at one of the largest specialist digital agencies in the UK, Latitude Digital Marketing.

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Stuart Coupe (Interviewer)

Music Journalist, Promoter, Band Manager and Writer

Stuart Coupe has worked as a journalist, author, editor, manager, record label director, radio presenter, publicist and tour promoter.

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Robby Yung

CEO, Animoca Brands

Robby Yung is the CEO at Animoca Brands (ASX: AB1), a leading developer and publisher of mobile games for global audiences.

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Paul Jackson

Group Programme Director, Nova Entertainment

Paul Jackson has been Group Programme Director for NOVA Entertainment since November 2010. During his time with the network, Jackson launched smoothfm in May 2012, one of the fastest growing media brands in the radio landscape, and has seen the Nova Network secure the number one spot with more listeners than any Australian metro radio network.

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James Towers

Founding Partner, 16K Agency

James Towers is the Founding Partner of 16K Agency in Melbourne, Australia and Stockholm, Sweden and also Head of Brands for Social Media platform Kwickie.

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Francis Coady (Moderator)

GM, Havas Sports & Entertainment

Francis joined the HAVAS Village in February 2016 to help launch HAVAS Sports & Entertainment. In the first four months he has commenced working with major sport and entertainment partnership for IBM, LG, ACER, JDE and Emirates.

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Scott Howard

Commercial Director, EndemolShine Australia

Scott has worked in the Australian broadcast industry for over a decade now. Scott is responsible for all of Endemol Shine’s commercial activity, including the companies’ corporate commercial dealings along with all off screen commercial activity associated with the formats ESA represents, and the shows that ESA makes.

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Tim Burrowes (Moderator)

Founder & Content Director, Mumbrella

With a 20+ year career spanning local and daily newspapers, magazine editing and digital publishing, Tim Burrowes has experienced the media revolution at first hand and come out ahead.

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Camille Alarcon (Moderator)

Content Director – Events, Mumbrella

Camille Alarcon has worked in the media and communications industry for more than 15 years.

With a background in journalism and marketing communications, she’s held senior roles as a media and marketing journalist, including as the launch deputy editor of Mumbrella, news editor at B&T and deputy news editor of leading UK title, Marketing Week.

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Simon Canning (Moderator)

Marketing & Advertising Editor, Mumbrella

Simon Canning is a communications and content specialist. In a career spanning journalism and communications he has become one of Australia’s most respected analysts and commentators on the advertising, marketing and media industries.

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