John Kirby AM, DUniv (Chairman)
Appointed as Chairman in 2015
Bachelor of Economics, University of Tasmania. Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Griffith University. Member of the Australian Society of Accountants. Chairman of Village Roadshow Corporation Pty. Ltd. Deputy Chairman, Village Roiadshow Ltd. Director, Griffith University Advisory for CILECT Congress, Asia Pacific Screen Academy, Queensland College of Arts, and Victoria University Confucius Institute. Previously Chairman, Village Roadshow Limited and Austereo Limited.
He was Chairman, The Salvation Army Advisory Board, Chairman, Red Shield Appeal, Deputy Chairman of The Conversation Media Group, former Director of IMNIS and former Director of Jigsaw Foundation at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Surf Life Saving Australia Foundation. Former Chairman of Sponsors Appeal Committee of the Victorian College of the Arts, and former Deputy Chairman of the Interim Council of the National Film and Sound Archive. Former member of the Victorian Premier’s Multi Media Task Force, Victorian Advisory Council of the Australian Opera, and Progressive Business Victoria and former advisor, Commando Welfare Trust.
Denis Handlin AM
Appointed as a Director in 1999
Denis is the Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia. He commenced his career with the company in 1970 and has been leading since 1984. Denis is also the Chair of ARIA and the Chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Asia Board.
In 1996, he became the first Sony Music Entertainment executive to be honoured with the CEO Special Recognition Award. Denis was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 in recognition of his services to charitable causes and the music industry.
Further prestigious awards recognising his immense contributions have included the Ted Albert Award from the Australian Performing Rights Association for Outstanding Services to the Music Industry in 2009, the “Label Executive of the Year – Major” award from the Worldwide Radio Summit Industry Awards Los Angeles in 2012 and the ARIA Industry Icon Award in 2014.
Denis is one of the founding Directors of Sony Foundation, and is also very proud to be Patron of the Youth off the Streets Scholarship Program since its inaugural year in 2004. He is also an inaugural board member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation supporting children with autism.
Denis was a founding member on the Board of Governors for Sony Foundation in 1998.
Appointed as a Director in 1999
An influential figurehead within the Australian video games industry, Michael Ephraim started his Australian career in the entertainment industry in 1989 as Sales Director for Virgin Home Video. In July of 1992, Ephraim set up Sony Electronic Publishing. 1995 welcomed the birth of PlayStation and transition of SEPL to Sony Computer Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd (SCE Aust.) which commenced trading with Ephraim at the helm as Managing Director.
Further to his management of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, Michael Ephraim played a pioneering role in supporting the Australian entertainment industry. He established the role of Vice Chairman of the video games sector of the Australian Video Software Distributors Association. Ephraim’s service continued as President for seven years in which time he led the introduction of the standalone video game industry body that we know today as Australia’s Interactive Games & Entertainment Association.
Michael was a founding member on the Board of Governors for ‘Sony Foundation’ in 1998.
Hidekazu “Kaz” Matsuura
Appointed as a Director in 2015
Kaz Matsuura is the Managing Director of Sony Australia and New Zealand, a position he was appointed to in October 2015. Kaz has a wealth of experience gained during an impressive 30 year career with Sony.
Since joining Sony Corporation in 1986 Kaz has held a variety of roles. Working mainly in the Sales & Marketing field, Kaz worked in product marketing during his tenures in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Kaz has also worked in Regional & Corporate Planning roles in Singapore and mainland China. In Tokyo, Kaz gained invaluable experience working in Corporate Planning and Control across various business groups.
Prior to his current role Kaz was Head of Planning within the Global Consumer Sales and Marketing Group at Sony Corporation’s Headquarters in Japan.
In his early career Kaz had the honour of working closely with Mr Masaru Ibuka, co-founder of Sony, as his Secretarial assistant.
Appointed as a Director in 2015
Ian is the CEO Australia & Asia of Fremantle Media Australia. Ian began his career at Network TEN in Brisbane in 1983 in production and after five years moved to TEN Sydney as Assistant Program Manager. In 1990, he relocated to New Zealand to become Director of Programming at NZTV3.
In 1993, Ian moved back to Sydney to join independent production company RA Becker as Head of Television and in 1996 was appointed to the Board as Group General Manager and Executive Director. Under Ian’s leadership, Becker became Australia’s largest independent television production, distribution and theatrical distribution company, with offices in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
In 2001, Ian moved to Singapore to join sports marketing and rights management company World Sport Group as CEO of Television, before founding Theatre Red in 2003. Theatre Red became a leading television production, distribution and internet company in Asia, with offices in Singapore, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Taiwan. In 2007, he sold the business returning to Australia in 2008. Ian consulted to the Prime Media Group and was also appointed Senior Vice President and Asia Pacific Managing Director for MGM Worldwide.
Ian was appointed CEO of FremantleMedia Australia in September 2009 and subsequently promoted to Regional CEO Australia and Asia Pacific in July 2011. He sits on the Global Operating Board.
Appointed as a Director in 2012
Leanne is a practicing registered nurse with qualifications in Midwifery and Coronary Care. She has worked at numerous hospitals throughout Sydney including The Royal North Shore, The Royal Prince Alfred, Manly, St Vincent’s and St George. She is currently managing Health Centre services at Saint Ignatius College Riverview. Leanne has had extensive involvement with the New South Wales School Nurses Association where she has initiated and worked on a variety of projects including co editing three editions of the National Guidelines for School Nurses, Working in collaboration with the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health and most recently revision of the National School Nursing Professional Practice Standards.
Leanne is a member of the Australian College of Nursing, holds the Distinguished Nursing Service award bestowed by the NSW Institute of Nursing Unit Managers and received the highest honour St Ignatius College Riverview can confer on a member of the Riverview community, the Insignis award.
Leanne played a significant role in establishing the first Children’s Holiday Camp and has supported and advised in the development of the Sony Foundation Children’s program nationally over the past 16 years.
Appointed as a Director in 2010
Chris has worked in the sports and talent management and marketing field for over 18 years and has a well-earned reputation and standing within the industry. The former lawyer has pioneered the growth and forward direction of International Quarterback which is Australia’s leading boutique talent and sponsorship management consultancy. Over the years International Quarterback has represented some of the country’s most accomplished elite athletes and personalities – including Michael Clarke, Grant Hackett, Giaan Rooney, John Eales, and Mark Schwarzer.
Chris spent four years on the board of Tourism QLD (2005 – 2009) and was Chairman of the Audit Committee of Tourism Queensland for over 2 years. Chris was also Chairman of the Gold Coast Events Company for two years. He currently sits on the board of the Queensland Reds and Sony Foundation.
Appointed as a Director in 2016
Damian Eales is Managing Director – Metro and Regional Publishing of News Corp Pty Ltd, a role he assumed in July 2015. Damian is responsible for all of the company’s metro and regional publishing divisions which include five metro titles; The Daily and Sunday Telegraph (NSW), the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail (QLD), The Advertiser and Sunday Mail (SA) and The Sunday Times (WA), six regional titles; Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian (TAS), NT News and Sunday Territorian (NT), Gold Coast Bulletin, Townsville Bulletin, The Cairns Post and Geelong Advertiser and The Weekly Times (VIC). These titles collectively reach more than 12 million Australians every week across print and digital platforms.
Damian joined News Corp Australia in February 2013 initially as Strategic Partnerships Director before being promoted to the role of Group Marketing Director in September that same year.
Prior to News Corp Australia, Damian led the marketing division of Westpac Bank between February 2011 and August 2012. Prior to this, Damian spent over a decade working in a number of senior roles at David Jones; including General Manager, Supply Chain, Logistics & Online Retail, moving to Group General Manager Marketing & Operations before taking on the role of Group General Manager, Financial Services & Marketing.
Damian sits on the board of media industry bodies NewsMediaworks, The Readership Works and the International News Media Association (INMA).
Damian was educated in Queensland and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Queensland.
Appointed as a Director in 2016
Stephen Basil-Jones is the Managing Director and Executive Vice-President of Sony Pictures Australia and supervisor – Japan, Korea & New Zealand.
After completing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Marketing) at the University of NSW, he worked in the advertising and marketing field for 10 years in both Sydney and London.
He joined the film industry in 1992, starting as the National Marketing Manager for Hoyts Fox Columbia TriStar. He was appointed Managing Director of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1996 and promoted to Los Angeles in 2001 as Senior Vice-president of International Distribution – supervising Mexico, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Scandinavia, Australia and N.Z.
Stephen became Senior Vice-President of Marketing and oversaw advertising/media for all the international territories in 2003.
The following year Stephen moved to London as Head of International Distribution and Marketing for Dreamworks, and, in 2006, returned to Australia to head Sony Pictures Releasing where he currently continues in his role.
He has held numerous industry positions over the years including: Chairman of the Motion Pictures Distributor’s Association. (MPDAA) in 2001, 2009 and 2015, Executive Board Director – NSW Film & TV Office (2001), Board Director – Sydney Film Festival (2008/9) Board Director for Australians in Film (Los Angeles 2003/4) and is a member of British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA-UK).