Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Australian Parliament
Paul Fletcher MP is the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts in the Morrison Government.
He entered Parliament in December 2009 as the Member for Bradfield; was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications in September 2013; Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government in September 2015; Minister for Urban Infrastructure in July 2016; Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities in December 2017; Minister for Families and Social Services in August 2018; Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts in May 2019 and was appointed to his present role in December 2020.
Before entering Parliament, Paul was Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, at Optus for eight years; established a consulting firm serving the communications sector; and in 2009 his book about broadband, Wired Brown Land was published by UNSW Press.
Earlier in his career Paul was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Communications in the Howard Government, Senator Richard Alston.
He has dual first class honours degrees in law and economics from The University of Sydney and an MBA from Columbia University in New York where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Paul has been a member of the Liberal Party since he was 16 and was active in student politics at Sydney University. He was a champion university debater, twice reaching the finals of the World Universities Debating Championship.
Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, Australia and New Zealand
As 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, from 23rd February.
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.
Luke Hetherington, Executive in Charge, Industrial Light Magic (ILM) Singapore & Sydney
Luke Hetherington is the Executive in Charge of Industrial Light & Magic’s Singapore and Sydney studios. Hetherington is responsible for all films in production at the studios and oversees marketing and bidding on future projects. Hetherington’s experience in building high functioning teams plays a critical role in his work at the studio, as does his knowledge of both the Asian and global market and his ability to successfully collaborate with clients in order to achieve their strategic goals.
Prior to joining ILM, Hetherington had 20 years of experience in the animation and visual effects industry. He spent 17 years at Animal Logic in Australia where he helped lead the company through a period of outstanding growth. Starting as a digital artist and animator he went onto roles including Head of Film VFX, Executive Producer, Head of Production, and Head of CG.
His credits include: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ready Player One, Avengers Infinity War, Monster Hunt 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Sucker Punch, Knowing, Stealth, Monk Comes Down the Mountain, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and the sci-fi TV series, Farscape.
Kate Marks, Chief Executive Officer, Ausfilm
Kate Marks was appointed as Ausfilm's CEO in October 2019. As CEO, Kate leads the
Ausfilm team in Australia and the USA and is responsible for developing international
market strategies to ensure Australia is a globally competitive production location for
international film and television projects.
Prior to Kate’s appointment as CEO, she was Ausfilm’s Los Angeles based Executive Vice
President of International Production, responsible for connecting Ausfilm members to
international filmmakers and working closely with US development, finance, physical and
post / vfx to help them bring their productions to Australia.
Kate also held the position of President of the Board of Australians in Film (AiF) for four
years in Los Angeles. AiF is a Los Angeles based non-profit film, television and digital
content foundation that supports, develops and promotes Australian screen talent and
culture in the United States. Prior to Ausfilm, Kate worked with Film Victoria.