With 40 years’ experience across multiple media industries including Film, TV and digital media, Simon Smithers has always been at the bleeding edge of technology adaption and industry practice.
Simon is the CEO and Founder of Indyfilm Pty Ltd, and his film career started in 1981. He has 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. This is why he’s a natural fit for Blue Pie.
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 the year 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. This capacity for innovation is sure to suit us well in Blue Pie’s future endeavours.
Post the tech-wreck in 2001 he moved back into Television producing drama, documentary and Television commercials. He ran his own Ad Agency, which produced 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, which 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 an industrial strength online broadcast experience global pioneer, which provides an extremely high-value user experience.
Simon brings over 40 + years of experience to Planet Blue Pictures USA in his role as a producer and director. Simon is also a producer with DJ Central TV, Blue Pie Productions USA, and Looking For Bon. We are honoured to have Simon on the Blue Pie team, and thanks to him, our records are sure to travel far!