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Virtual Connexion will help you engage your current clients and connect with new customers by using digital media to tell your story in a creative, unique and entertaining way.

 

Whether it is a web video, video news release, event video or viral video for social media, Virtual Connexion knows how to get your message out there.

 

We know how to take a good idea and make it go viral!

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CAMERON SMITH
Director

An award-winning journalist, Cameron is an experienced media performer in both television and newspapers. He has been breaking news on the frontline of many big events since 2000. As well as being an accomplished TV producer and journalist with a strong network of contacts across all media platforms, Cameron is invited to speak regularly about the media throughout Australia. He is highly sought after for media training and crisis management.

In 2015, Cameron won a CommsCon Award for the Best Community Relations Campaign for his work with the Australian Physiotherapy Associations National Tradies Health Month campaign.

The majority of Cameron's career has been spent with the Nine Network, where he primarily worked at A Current Affair, his various roles included producer, supervising producer, chief of staff in the Sydney office and Melbourne bureau chief. He also produced hosts Tracy Grimshaw and Ray Martin on many assignments.

During his time with Nine, Cameron travelled across Australia and around the world covering some of the biggest news events including, the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Beaconsfield mine collapse, 
the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Cameron was a joint finalist with Tracy Grimshaw in the 2012 Walkley Awards.

He also worked as a crime reporter for Network Ten, covering the Melbourne gangland wars and 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

Cameron founded Virtual Connexion in 2013 and is now engaged in helping individuals and companies tell their stories through video productions and social media.

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BOBBY FONTEYNE
Senior Editor

Bobby is an award-winning editor who is well known in the Australian media industry for his meticulous attention to detail and mastery in matching music to images. He has worked with some of the biggest names in news and current affairs, including Ray Martin, Tracy Grimshaw and Peter Hitchener.

Bobby started his career at WIN News in Canberra, working as a cameraman and editor. This was followed by an editing role at Channel Nine News in Melbourne, where he won numerous awards for his work, particularly long-format news stories and features for A Current Affair. Bobby has been at Virtual Connexion since July 2014 and has worked on all of the company’s major campaigns.

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MILES BARRY
Senior Editor

Miles has worked for nearly a decade as an editor at some of the world’s leading visual effects and post-production companies.

He started his career working as a freelance editor on music and corporate videos, as well as Fashion TV. He then moved to Tonic Post in Vancouver, where he edited campaigns for companies such as Sony and the Rocky Mountaineer chain. Miles then worked as an editor at the Moving Picture Company, alongside directors such as Guy Ritchie and Ang Lee on movies including Sherlock Holmes 2, Life of Pi, Elysium and The Lone Ranger.

He spent two years at McGuire Media in Melbourne working as an editor before joining Virtual Connexion. Miles was nominated for an Australian Sports Media Award in 2014.

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PIPPA GARDNER
Senior Producer

Pippa is an internationally experienced television journalist who has worked for Australia’s leading TV Networks and the prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation.

In 2000, just out of University she landed her first reporting role for Channel 9’s top rating show EXTRA. For seven years she called London home, working for BBC World Television covering major events such as the London Bombings and 2008 US Presidential Election Campaign.

She returned to Australia in 2010 to take up a reporting position in the Channel Seven Sydney newsroom. During this time she covered stories of every kind, including the Queensland floods and Princess Mary’s Royal Tour.

Pippa relocated with her young family to Melbourne in 2014 and joined the Virtual Connexion team. Her journalism experience and presenting skills have been a great addition to the team and she has worked with many of our clients including Arnotts, Grand Prix, Tupperware and TAC.

EMMA GRAHAM
Producer

Emma grew up around TV, film and audio production and has made it her career for the over 10 years. Emma is drive by a passion to produce visually stunning and captivating content that moves and inspires audiences by focusing on storytelling and engaging characters.

With a formal qualification in Television Broadcast Production Emma started her career as an audio producer for Vision Australia’s talking book Library. Emma moved into television production shortly after, working on various programs for Channel Nine, Ten and Seven. Emma’s first major credit as a producer as for Channel Nine’s 60 Years of Holden documentary hosted by Deborah Hutton.

Emma has since produced countless television specials, commercials and corporate productions and now focuses on producing branded digital content. Since she joined Virtual Connexion in 2015 Emma has produced many of our major campaigns including NAB, Suncorp and Adidas.

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OLIVIA HILL-DOUGLAS
Producer

Olivia is a highly experienced television and newspaper journalist who has worked in major newsrooms in Melbourne and London for more than 15 years.

She has spent much of her career at Network Ten, working as a line up producer, executive producer and most recently director of news. In her time at Ten she produced coverage of events including the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, the first Rudd leadership spill, Federal and State Elections and Network Ten’s news coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi.

Olivia began her career at The Age and worked there for four years, before moving to the UK. In London she covered some of the UK’s most high-profile court cases at the Old Bailey, and spent several years both at Dow Jones Newswires and Times Online. Olivia speaks Russian and is a board member of the Melbourne Press Club.

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OLLIE WEST
Senior Cameraman/Director of Photography

Ollie is one of the most talented and well-regarded cameramen and Director’s of Photography in the business. For more than two decades he has worked for some of the world’s most high profile media organisations including the Nine Network in Australia and Sky and CNN in Europe.

For 2 years he was the senior cameraman based in Brussels for London’s Sky News. During this time he travelled extensively filming in war zones like Iraq and Lebanon and covering more off beat stories like Tom Cruise’s Italian wedding.

In 2004 Ollie was invited by the British Antarctic Survey Group to join their expedition to the Antarctic to film a documentary. He’s also covered many international live sporting events such as the Tour de France and the World Cup Soccer.

His love of story telling coupled with his talent for capturing post card perfect pictures has seen Ollie become one of the most sought after cameraman in Australia. He’s worked with many of Virtual Connexion’s leading clients including the Grand Prix and Toyota.

When Ollie isn’t looking through a lens he loves to surf and spend time with his wife and two young boys.

WAYNE HAMMOND
Senior Cameraman/ Director of Photography.

Wayne has been a senior cameraman and Director of Photography in the Australian television industry for more than two and a half decades. He has worked as a highly regarded senior cameraman for the Ten Network, Seven Network and Nine Networks, including a four-year period in Nine’s London Bureau. During this time Wayne covered war zones in Bosnia, Iraq and West Africa.

Wayne has also worked as a cameraman for Nine’s Today Show, and A Current Affair, as well as working as a Senior Cameraman for the Seven network’s Sunday Night. He now specialises in the coverage of corporate and media events.

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SHARON WALKER
Senior Photographer

Sharon is a highly experienced stills photographer who has worked in the media industry for almost two decades. She has a reputation for efficiency and versatility, producing prized work for both Fairfax and News Corporation newspapers.

Known by many as a specialist in photographing people, Sharon has worked both locally and overseas for a wide range of corporate and community organisations and publications. Sharon has also taken photos on a number of film and TV sets.

She was most recently awarded the City of Melbourne 'My Beautiful City' Award, which saw her work displayed in St Petersburg, Russia. She beat a field of more than 250 other photographers to take the top prize.

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EMILY SMITH
Administration, Office Manager

Emily brings diverse experience to Virtual Connexion with a background in real estate and medical administration.

Since 2001, she’s worked with many different companies of various sizes in Melbourne and Sydney and has a great understanding of how to effectively run a small business.

While juggling parenthood with two young children – Charlotte and Louis – Emily is behind the scenes ensuring the business runs smoothly.

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BERNIE ANDERSON
Administration, Finance Manager

Bernie has spent most of her working life in Event Management and Office administration for non-for-profits in Adelaide and Melbourne. She is passionate about helping small businesses get organised and run more efficiently.

Since joining Virtual Connexion in 2015 Bernie has become an invaluable member of the team, making sure everything behind the scenes runs smoothly so Cameron and his team can get on with doing what they do best, creating cutting edge content. When Bernie isn’t keeping the cogs of company ticking over – she’s running a busy house of three children.

EWEN ALLPORT
Senior Cameraman/Director of Photography

Ewen has worked as a senior cameraman and Director of Photography for two decades.
After a number of years in the Australia media, Ewen moved to London as a senior cameraman and Director of Photography where he worked on the surfing TV series Chilli TV.

He later returned to Australia as a cameraman, editor and sound recordist for the Ten Network, working on programs such as Good Morning Australia, Totally Wild and Ten Eyewitness News.

Ewen has since worked for ABC News and 7.30, and has also produced TV commercials and corporate videos for companies such as Telstra, Origin, the National Australia Bank and Westpac.

Ewen also has significant experience in filming sports and lifestyle programs including Network 10’s RPM and Healthy Homes TV.

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