J.D. Funari is a Los Angeles based movie trailer editor whose work has appeared on campaigns for filmmakers such as David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, Denis Villeneuve, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Jonathan Glazer, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Alex Garland.
For over 5 years J.D. was employed by Mark Woollen & Associates, one of the premiere movie marketing agencies in the United States, where he edited multiple Clio Entertainment and Golden Trailer award winning trailers, and widely seen pieces for Annihilation, Sicario, and Fifty Shades of Grey. His editorial has also been featured on campaigns for the Academy Award winning movies Birdman, Fences, and Room.
J.D. currently works at Netflix in Hollywood, CA as part of their in-house marketing department within Creative Studio. His short film directorial debut Exposure is now screening in film festivals world-wide.
Darwyn Metzger is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, and founder and CEO of Phantom, a digital marketing and social media strategy firm that specializes in engineering & seeding subversive digital propaganda on behalf of major consumer brands, start-ups, television networks, films, & celebrities. Phantom’s latest project known as “Pavemint,” has been described by NPR as the “Airbnb of Parking,” and seeks to transform one of the most archaic practices in American culture, circling the block in the pursuit of parking.
Tim Hughes a global expert in creative brand strategy and founder of The Brief Doctor. His background is in TV promotions, branding and marketing. For many years he ran strategy for Discovery UK’s in-house creative agency. He is a lifetime achievement award-winner and former chair of Promax UK.
Gemma O’Brien is a designer, illustrator and artist based in Australia. While studying design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma was introduced to letterpress printing, and went on to build a career around illustrative lettering and hand-painted typographic murals. Her expressive style is sought after by global brands including Apple, Nike, Google and The New York Times. Gemma exhibits with China Heights Gallery in Sydney and participates in group shows around the world.
Joe’s 12 years of experience within Broadcast Marketing and Media planning spans across many international markets. He joined JWM in 2013 after several years at Viacom UK as Media Manager for Nickelodeon and now heads up the JWM Asia Pacific office in Singapore.
Nicole Velik is a leading Innovation and Creativity speaker, facilitator, trainer and consultant. She is the founder of an innovation facilitation and training company, The Ideas Bodega.
For over a decade Nicole has facilitated and trained organizations across The United States, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Africa and Asia. Her clients include The United Nations, Nike, Nestle, AMP, Lego, Johnson and Johnson, Woolworths, Westpac, Coca-Cola, Caltex, Pepsi, JWT, TBWA, One Green Bean, Aegis Dentsu, eBay, Havas Worldwide, STW Group, Ogilvy, Hill + Knowlton, Foxtel, Seven Network, SBS, The BBC and Google.
Strategic Thinker, People Whisperer & Agile Researcher
Joe has had the luxury of working all over the world on some of the most iconic brands, at global agencies and small boutiques, to collectives and strategic partnerships, but now he’s settled back in Sydney and is doing his own thing – still working with some of the big brands, but mostly spends his time collaborating with start-up businesses and non-profits to help make the world a better place, one research project at a time! More recently he’s been involved in a diverse number of projects including innovation, the future of work, communications, covering every possible trend impacting people, businesses and brands.
Sally is an experienced art director and designer with a passion for creativity and collaboration. She has 20 years industry experience in both free to air and subscription television. Sally has zero experience in conducting talks at Promax, so she’s nervous as hell.
Rasic and Partners Co-Founder and Creative Director
Vanessa Zuppicich is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Rasic and Partners. She was previously Creative Director of MTV Australia and New Zealand for over ten years. Her experience covers everything from branded content, design and animation to long form, digital series work and multi-platform marketing campaigns. Vanessa is highly awarded at leading broadcast, design and advertising shows. She has worked across a multitude of brands including Bose, Shell, Elula, Clinique, Brother, H&M, Nike, Adidas Nike, Destination NSW, Nintendo, Corona, Sol, Cadbury and many others.