With 39 years’ experience across multiple media industries including Film, Tv and digital media Simon Smithers has been at the bleeding edge of technology adaption and industry practice.
Currently employed by Indyfilm Pty Ltd he has developed and produced a number of feature and TV projects for Cinema and broadcast.
Commencing his career in 1981 he worked on Australian, Hollywood, British and international co-productions as an assistant editor, sound editor and editor. With extensive stints in broadcast television Simon evolved into a Camera Operator, Producer and Executive Producer developing and producing hundreds of hours of quality broadcast television having worked for all the Australian broadcasters and numerous large production houses.
In the early 1990s whilst lecturing at Charles sturt University he was an early adopter of digital media production and pioneering the use of online learning and multimedia production for distance education. With extensive experience in digital media Simon has worked for many of Australia’s leading digital broadcasters and media organisations.
Whilst working for News Limited (News Interactive) in 2000 he produced over 20 news packages a day with a staff of 6, winning awards for their coverage of the Sydney Olympics. During his tenure with News Limited he developed the first Java pop up player with thumbnails and a playlist that has become commonplace on the web today.
Post the tech-wreck in 2001 he moved back into Television producing drama, documentary and Television commercials running his own Ad Agency producing 1000 TVC.
In 2007 he started as Senior Producer role at Network 10 digital producing behind the scenes content for ‘Good News week’, ‘So you Think you can Dance’, Recruits, ‘Masterchef’ and many more network properties. During his tenure at Ten Digital he was tasked with reviewing all the major online media deliver and Content Management Systems (CMS) providers for a revamp of their online video platform that became Tenplay.
In his role at Tv2go Simon has designed and managed the implementation of two iterations of various CMS and streaming systems as well as the design and implementation of the multi-screen deliver system and mobile apps.
Simon’s unique skill set straddles both broadcast and online media. With a technical and creative bent he is ideally positioned to lead the team to deliver a world leading industrial strength online broadcast experience that provides an extremely high user experience.