With over 40 years of 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 general 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.
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 organizations. This field of experience makes him invaluable to our work that we at Ordior perform with our partners at DJ Central and Blue Pie.
Simon’s wealth of experience extends far beyond his history with us, however. His tales are endless, going further than what we have listed above. For example, while 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. Post the tech-wreck in 2001 he moved back into Television producing drama, documentaries, and television commercials. He ran his own advertisement agency, which produced 1000 TVC.