Hollywood to Harbourside

Hollywood to Harbourside
The World Of Entertainment Comes To Sydney
Business Luncheon
Major Industry Briefing Series

Thousands of Businesses are 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
Kate Marks
Chief Executive Officer, Ausfilm

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Event Details

Date Wednesday 31 March 2021
Time 12:00 PM - 2:00PM AEDT
Sydney CBD


  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, 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.

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


Tuesday, 30 March 2021


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