Simon fled a prestigious career in finance journalism in 2007 to join the travelling circus that is the film industry, starting as a journalist for Inside Film magazine, and he never looked back. In 2011 he joined international sales agent and production company XYZ Films as an acquisitions executive specifically focused on Australia and New Zealand content. Simon has worked on an array of Antipodean movies for XYZ including The Dead Lands, Wyrmwood and These Final Hours. He’s also chipped in on XYZ’s international slate, working on movies such as The Raid 2 and the forthcoming Sweet Virginia, and is also developing four projects for XYZ to EP in this region, including an English-language remake of Dutch crime comedy Plan C.
Simon also works for XYZ-GFC, which is XYZ Films’ joint venture with Aus/NZ producer Matthew Metcalfe and his company, General Film Corporation.
In addition to these roles, Simon has dabbled in independent producing, most significantly as co-producer of Restoration, a sci-fi thriller which has had multiple lives as a broadcast hour for the Nine Network and Stan, a 2 x 25 min miniseries for 9Now and also as a 5 x 10 min webseries currently being sold by Rockzeline and screening at festivals around the world.Back to Speakers