Our Staff

Group Chief Executive Officer | Tim Creswell

Tim has worked in the Film and Television Industry for over 20 years.

Tim started his career working for major Motion Picture studios and Video Distribution companies. During this time, he managed DVD and Blu-ray authoring businesses and tape duplication facilities. With a Bachelor of Business degree, Tim has experienced all aspects of the industry and understands working to tight deadlines and the necessity of getting things right the first time, from both client and supplier perspectives.

With this in mind, Tim set up Buff Dubs in 2005 and has seen the business grow into a substantial business with the ability to compete on any level across many services. The business has a focus on offering the best service and personal attention.

Chief Operating Officer| Christian Christiansen

With a Masters degree in Finance and Business Administration Christian has spent more than 25 years in the media and post services industry. Holding senior management roles for companies such as Sony Australia, Comcopy, Sydney Multimedia Company and Video 8; Christian is often called upon to present and talk about industry changes and technology advancements.

In January 2012, Christian acquired Silver Trak Digital from Video 8 and developed the tape sales, authoring and CD/DVD/Bluray services. In March 2013 Silver Trak Digital merged with production and post-house company Buff Dubs Pty Ltd consolidating operations under the Silver Trak Digital banner.

Christian’s industry knowledge, senior management and sales experience brought together and promoted the combined broadcast services of the two companies and commenced a solid expansion into Digital Broadcast and Media Asset Management.

Christian’s unique understanding and solid knowledge of the Film and Television industry has allowed him to develop the business in a globalized marketplace targeting industry challenges to provide well placed and valued technology solutions for all industry players; government, sporting, corporate, theatrical and networks.

His experience and knowledge have grown the Silver Trak business from its early beginnings to becoming one of the largest commercial post-production services companies in Australia, with now expansions into South East Asia and New Zealand.

Technical Manager | Rod Capon

Rod completed his television operations techniques certificate in 1984 at North Sydney TAFE and subsequently commenced his career at Video 8 Media where he gained his diverse base in television, film, video, production, distribution and broadcast.

In 1990 Rod branched out to establish TVD Broadcast, a significant supplier of broadcast services in the Sydney Market. As GM of TVD Broadcast, Rod oversaw the quality control, domestic and international program duplication and distribution for companies such as Opera Australia, Grundy Television, Southern Star, Hi-5, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and others.

During his 20 years at TVD Broadcast, Rod developed many skills in archival processes, managing many large Archive and Restoration Projects for clients such as Malcolm Douglas Films, Opera Australia and Grundy Television’s archival projects of Neighbours, Young Doctors, Prisoner and Sons & Daughters.

The skills acquired dealing with many old and troubled tape masters as well as developing clean archiving and restoration processes are second to none. Rod developed many new techniques to allow the transfer of old 8mm, 16mm 35mm film, 2” quad, 1”C, U-matic , 1/4” and D2 into digital formats. Many of these processes are utilised as standard archiving practices today around the world.

In 2010 Rod returned to Video 8 Media. He assisted in the development of the Video 8 Media cloud-based MAM solution, which helped Video 8 Media establish itself as a market leader in broadcast file-based content delivery systems. Rod’s 28 years in the media industries, his ability to adapt in an ever-evolving media market as well as having a great knowledge of legacy formats, has held him in high esteem in the Broadcast, Archival and Distribution markets, locally as well as overseas.

Customer Services Manager | Matt Christie

Matt has over 10 years’ experience servicing the broadcast industry. Matt joined Beyond Distribution in 2004 first as Servicing Coordinator looking after clients such as Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Later Matt took on the role as Post Production Manager. During his 5 years with Beyond Distribution, he gained knowledge in Post Production as well as local and international Program Distribution. In 2010 Matt joined Video 8 Media and soon gained the respect of customers as well as colleagues. Matt has a deep knowledge of distribution and broadcast requirements and has made many clients friends over the years.

Digital Cinema Manager | Kylie Longworth

Kylie has been in senior management for more than 10 years in the digital media industry.

She has a background as graphic designer and has worked in post-production, aggregation and authoring. Her work at Motionlink saw her manage high-volume projects for many local and international media organisations.

The client relationships she has built with film distributors, corporates and agencies have grown and developed with the industry and technology to ensure each business goes from strength to strength.

Kylie has developed unique internal work flows and a production management system to ensure all clients are provided with outstanding service, the highest levels of quality, efficiency, consistency and innovation.

Digital Operations Manager | James Dartnell

James has over 17 years of experience across Post Production, Broadcast, Digital Cinema and Content Distribution.

Commencing his career at Technicolor London in 2001, he started out coordinating and scheduling the facility operations across Audio, QC, Edit and MCR. After stepping into the role of Head of Production, he successfully embedded the emerging technologies that would become the Digital Media department into the facilities already busy production landscape.

After 11 years, James made the move to Sydney to look after operations for Technicolor Australia’s growing Digital Media Services department, working on content aggregation, content distribution, improving day to day operational efficiency as well as being instrumental in onboarding new clients and workflows.

Most recently James was Head of Digital Operations at Deluxe Australia responsible for the day to day operations across Digital Cinema, Media Services and Localisation. James has a desire to ensure clients’ needs are met, on time, on budget, first time, every time.

Victorian State Manager | Tim Symons

Tim has over 30 years of experience in the radio, television, post production and broadcast services industries. He commenced his career in radio Adelaide before moving to Sydney as sound engineer, which lead to Network 10.

In 1991 he moved to Melbourne to a long career with AAV Australia working in the inflight entertainment division for clients such as Qantas, Ansett, Virgin, Jetstar, Vietnam Airlines and Gulf Air.

Tim has a vast knowledge of the content and distribution industries and is key to Silver Trak’s expansion into the broadcast, media, production, distribution and corporate markets in Melbourne and Victoria.

Software Development Manager | Steven Marcus

Steven joined Silver Trak Digital in 2013. Steven has a B.A in Mathematics and Computer Science from Santa Clara University, California, He has over 20 years’ experience as a senior software developer, having worked all over the world writing software for broadcast, finance and other industries. Steven has been instrumental in the development of Media Room and will be a key player for Silver Trak Digital in our further transition into cloud-based service offerings.

Business Manager | Rob Gallimore

With over 25 years in Senior Management roles both within Australia and Internationally Rob has brought a depth of business knowledge to the media industry.

Degree qualified in Management and Marketing Rob’s background spans over 20 years in Operational and General Management. With knowledge and experience in financial, contracts, strategic and personnel management.

Having run multi-site government and commercial contracts Rob has spent the last 8 years working within the media industry and has developed considerable understanding and insight into the technologies and challenges facing the production industry.

Bringing together his operational and general business knowledge Rob has a pivotal role in managing the multiple requirements to facilitate Silver Trak’s development, expansion and marketing plans and deployments.

DAMsmart General Manager | Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly is the co-founder and GM of DAMsmart and brings into the business an industry history and experience spanning some 30 years.

Joe spent several years working within the Broadcast industry in either supervisory or managerial capacities. Just prior to commencing DAMsmart he headed up the Preservation and Technical Services department for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and has developed a unique knowledge and experience in handling most (if not all) of the original formats and motion picture mediums from film restoration and preservation through to tape, video and audio formats.

Joe has engaged in overseeing all of the projects undertaken by DAMsmart both within Australia and Internationally applying his knowledge and experience to ensure that the end result is a top-quality delivery. His expertise and focus on detail have made him one of the most sort after experts in the field of digitisation and conversion work and positioned DAMsmart as the single most professionally recognised digitisation company in Australia, Asia and elsewhere.

Product/Services Management

Aggregation & Digital OperationsJames Dartnell
Digital CinemaKylie Longhurst
Broadcast, QC and Customer ServiceMatt Christie
NRL Project and DVD DuplicationRod Capon
Digitisation (DAMsmart)Andrew Martin

Sales and Customer Support

Sales Executive DVD/CD Dup/ReplicationRalph Jara
Aggregation Customer SupportRaquela Lombardo
Front Desk Customer ServiceIsabell Noriega
Digital Cinema Customer ServiceLiam Egan

Digital Delivery Operators

Traffic CoordinatorDominique Price
Traffic CoordinatorRaquela Lombardo

Technicians

Media TechnicianJack Bartlett
Media TechnicianSam Bowman
Media TechnicianMina Dawoud
Media TechnicianAndrew Dunn
Media TechnicianTatiana de Salvo
Media TechnicianNeil Essex
Media TechnicianKirsten Farrugia
Media TechnicianCharles Lee
Media TechnicianJohn Longworth
Media TechnicianDanny Mikhail
Media TechnicianJames Munro
Media TechnicianStefan Settels
Media TechnicianToby Orme
Media TechnicianHenry Wong
Media TechnicianDavid Wrigtson

Software Development

Software Development ManagerSteven Marcus
Software DeveloperDamir Bogdanov

Silver Trak Digital Offices

 

Silver Trak – Melbourne

State ManagerTim Symons

DAMsmart/SilverTrak Malaysia

Operation ManagerKarlz Varma
Digitisation EngineerPatrick Brunsdon
Media TechnicianAiman Salehudin
Media TechnicianHelmi Karamudin
Customer ServiceRuby Sri Hari

DAMsmart Digitisation – Canberra

General ManagerJoe Kelly
Business DevelopmentAdam Hodgkinson
Operations ManagerAndrew Martin
Film SupervisorAmy Kilty
Digital Media OperatorAndrew Black
Digital Media OperatorJonathan Wong
Digital Media OperatorScott Temby
Digital Media OperatorTom White
Digital Media OperatorChristina Withers

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