Hollywood to Harbourside

Hollywood to Harbourside
Thousand Of Businesses Booming - Is Yours One Of Them? pastevent
Business Luncheon

Hollywood to Harbourside
Thousands Of Businesses Booming - Is Yours One Of Them?

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About the Event

Everybody loves the glamour of show business, but more important are the economic benefits. At a time of global crisis, the world looked to one nation to entertain them …. Australia! More than $1billion has been injected into the local economy in the last 12 months, and the benefits reach well beyond the production of content with crews engaging around 1000 local businesses across shipping, transport, construction, technology, education and training, retail, hospitality and tourism…..and lots more. Major Australia-US collaborations are happening and the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Mark Wahlberg, Zac Efron, Idris Elba, Melissa McCarthy are working in Australia…but what’s really exciting is the boost to our economy. 

Hon Paul Fletcher MP
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Australian Parliament

Kylie Watson-Wheeler
Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, Australia and New Zealand

Luke Hetherington
Executive in Charge, Industrial Light Magic (ILM) Singapore & Sydney
  Bruna Papandrea
CEO, Made Up Stories | Producer
  Jodi Matterson
Managing Director, Made Up Stories | Producer
Kate Marks
Chief Executive Officer, Ausfilm

Event Partner

Partnership opportunities available - please contact Doug Grant to enquire dougrant@amcham.com.au

Event Details

Date Wednesday 31 March 2021
Time 12:00 PM - 2:00PM AEDT
Four Seasons Hotel
199 George St, Sydney 2000


  Member   Non-Member
Individual (1) $169  $209
Table (10) $1,690  $2,090

Speaker Biographies

Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts tells us that in 2018-19 expenditure on drama production in Australia exceeded $1.17 billion, and estimates the value of the cultural and creative activity of the arts sector at $9.7 billion in 2016-17. Today it is much higher, roughly 6.4 per cent of Australia's GDP to the economy. Screen Australia estimates that Australian screen content attracts some 230,000 international tourists to Australia each year drives $725 million in tourism expenditure. Australian narrative screen content alone drives over $252 million in export earnings each year. Incentives and programs totalling $140 million over the four years from 2019-23 are expected to attract investment of over $970 million to the Australian economy, support the employment of over 8,300 Australian cast and crew, offer over 16,800 days of work for Australian extras, and use the services of nearly 8,000 Australian businesses. Is your business one of them?

Kylie Watson-Wheeler is the Senior Vice President & Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company, Australia and New Zealand, Kylie Watson-Wheeler is responsible for all areas of the business encompassing content and products across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN and more recently, 20th Century Studios.  
Kylie brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to her role with more than 15 years’ experience working for Disney throughout multiple areas of the business, her roles have spanned consumer products, marketing, sales, theatrical distribution, with the most recent introduction being the exclusive streaming platform, Disney+, and its newest tile, Disney STAR.
Kylie’s other passion is Australian Rules Football. She was recently appointed President of the Western Bulldogs Australian Rules Football Club in late 2020, after serving as the Club’s Vice-President for the last four years and as a Board Member since in 2013. 

Industrial Light & Magic is an American motion picture visual effects company that was founded in May 1975 by George Lucas. It is a division of the film production company Lucasfilm, which Lucas founded, and was created when Lucas began production of the film Star Wars. Luke Hetherington is the Executive in Charge of ILM’s Singapore and Sydney studios and responsible for all films in production at both studios as well as overseeing operations, marketing, and bidding on future projects. Prior to joining ILM, Hetherington had 20 years of experience in the animation and visual effects industry, including at Animal Logic in Australia.

Bruna Papandrea is the founder and CEO of Made Up Stories, a development and production company. Credits include HBO’s THE UNDOING, Jennifer Kent’s THE NIGHTINGALE and Abe Forsythe’s LITTLE MONSTERS. Two films currently showing, Glendyn Ivin’s PENGUIN BLOOM, and Rob Connolly’s THE DRY; and multiple upcoming TV shows including Amazon’s TELL ME YOUR SECRETS, Hulu’s NINE PERFECT STRANGERS and Netflix’s PIECES OF HER and ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL. Prior to MUS, Bruna produced GONE GIRL and the Oscar-nominated WILD. She also executive produced HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series BIG LITTLE LIES.

Jodi Matterson is the Managing Director of Australia, partner and producer of Made Up Stories. Founded by Bruna Papandrea, Made Up Stories is a production company whose mission is to create opportunities for women in front of and behind the camera and is committed to championing distinctive voices.
Jodi recently produced THE DRY, based on the Jane Harper novel, from director Robert Connolly and starring Eric Bana which has broken records at the Australian box office upon release in January 2021 and the film adaptation of the international best-seller, PENGUIN BLOOM, starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver, which premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in Australia by Roadshow and internationally by Netflix.

Kate Marks is the CEO of Ausfilm which exists to help filmmakers and studios find what they need in Australia to bring their stories to life, on budget and on time. They provide information and referrals to international filmmakers about Australia’s studio complexes, production services and equipment providers, post-production, music, sound, digital and visual effects capability and facilities, travel, freight and legal services, and legal and financial incentives and requirements. Ausfilm has a proven track record in helping to shape government policy and improve its screen production incentives scheme.

Event Information

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COVID PRECAUTIONS: The safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues is our utmost priority. AmCham will work with the venue to ensure hygiene procedures and government guidelines are followed with social distancing measures in place, visible sanitiser stations and COVID-19 marshals. We respectfully ask you do not attend on the day if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms.

UPDATE to Terms & Conditions
If Government Health Orders change and in-person events are suspended, the AmCham program will go virtual and links will be sent to all attendees. A 50% refund will be paid to ticket holders. (Please see Terms and Conditions for specific details).
31/03/2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel 199 George St SYDNEY, NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
31/03/2021 12:00 PM

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