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Marc Fennell - Creator of No.1 global podcast hit 'Stuff the British Stole' & Walkley-winning journalist

Marc Fennell is a Walkley-winning journalist and documentary maker.

A 5-time medallist at the New York Festivals TV and Radio Awards, Marc has been nominated twice for Europe’s prestigious Rose d’Or. He is a recipient of America’s coveted James Beard Foundation Award, an Asian Creative Academy National Award, and Webby Award Honors. The Times (UK) has called Marc the “cheerful Aussie version of Louis Theroux”.

Marc is the creator of the popular, award-winning television series & podcast Stuff the British Stole for ABC Australia and CBC Canada. He is also seen each weeknight as the quizmaster of SBS TV’s iconic game show Mastermind.

Marc has fronted groundbreaking docs like the Logie & AACTA nominated School That Tried to End Racism (ABC 2021), The Kindom (SBS 2023) The Mission (SBS 2023) Rose d’Or shortlisted art-heist docu-series Framed (SBS 2021) as well as the hit Audible Original Podcasts It Burns (2019) Nut Jobs (2020) and House of Skulls (2023)

Marc anchored SBS TV’s national current affairs program The Feed for 9 years (2013-2022). He has reported around the globe from the 2019 Hong Kong protests to food crime in California to survivors of ISIS torture. Marc’s one-on-one interviews with the likes of Al Gore, Tom Cruise, Julian Assange, and Jennifer Lawrence have generated over 30 million online views.

A well-known voice on ABC Radio, Fennell has presented the technology program Download this Show since 2012 and was triple j’s Movie Guy from 2006-2017.

Marc has written 2 books and has also appeared on ABC’s The Drum, Network Ten’s The Project, SBS’s Dateline and Insight, and heard on top-rating ABC Radio Sydney.

Marc is the dad of 2 kids and lives in Sydney, Australia. He also helped found the not-for-profit advocacy group Media Diversity Australia.

Marc had an unusual path into journalism. He won an AFI Outstanding Young Film Critics Award back in high school. His broadcasting career began as the film critic for Sydney community radio station FBi 94.5. At 19 years old, Marc was recruited to SBS's rebooted version of The Movie Show (2004). He then jumped to the ABC's national youth broadcaster triple j to present film content across its radio, television and print arms. For 11 years, Marc was Australia's most listened-to film critic - better known to over 3.1 million triple j listeners as ‘That Movie Guy’. He also hosted the largest short film festival in the world Tropfest 2014-2016

Marc was a presenter and producer for all 3 seasons of ABC TV's ground-breaking journalism experiment Hungry Beast (2009-2011) under Executive Producer Andrew Denton.

Away from the camera, Marc has been an art director, web developer, magazine and newspaper writer and oh-so-briefly a hand model. Ask him about it sometime.

Ed Harrison - CEO, YAHOO7

Ed Harrison joined Yahoo7 as the CEO following 19 years experience working with leading global, European and Australian media companies. Ed joins Yahoo7 from Fairfax Media where he held the role of Group Sales Director.

Prior to his most recent role, Ed was Commercial Director, Fairfax Digital and the General Manager of JCDecaux Australia.Ed holds qualifications in Economic and Political Development from the University of Exeter, has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a current board member of the IAB.

Danielle Harvey - Director, 'A Midnight Visit' & Festival Director, Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Danielle Harvey is a curator, creative producer and polymath.  Currently the Festival Director of the infamous Festival of Dangerous Ideas and co-creator and director of the large-scale immersive experience A Midnight Visit. She is the founder of pop and screen-culture festival BingeFest; founder of Antidote: a festival of ideas, art and action, former Executive Producer of popular podcast It’s A Long Story and former co-curator of All About Women the Sydney Opera House’s feminist festival.  

Danielle has been responsible for a large number of theatre, dance and cabaret productions showing in Sydney like This Is Our Youth starring Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin, The Illusionists, Circus 1903, Limbo Unhinged, Swan Lake:Loch na hEala, Barbu, Club Swizzle, Miss Behave Gameshow, Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White and Bill Murray and Jan Vogler in concert.

She’s worked with culture creators like Shia LaBeouf, Tavi Gevinson, Dan Harmon, Brian Reed, Ira Glass, Arianna Huffington, David Simon, Miranda July and presented thought leaders like Noam Chomsky, Germaine Greer, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Hawking, Elizabeth Gilbert and Eve Ensler. Danielle works across the live performance and digital space, creating layered programs that connect deeply with audiences.

Past roles include Head of Contemporary Performance at Sydney Opera House and Festival Executive Producer of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Career highlights include producing Spencer Tunick’s mass nude installation The Base, touring comediennes Margaret Cho and Joan Rivers, presenting Stephen Hawking as a hologram in the first event of it’s kind and creating stage shows for Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Olivia Newton-John and Amanda Lepore. Other parts of her resume include theatre directing credits, philanthropy programs and a terrible stint in a deli at age 15.

Steph Harmon - Culture Editor, The Guardian

Steph Harmon is Culture Editor at The Guardian. Previously she was founding and managing editor of Junkee.com, a politics, pop culture and comment site launched by The Sound Alliance in 2013. Junkee was voted Media Brand of the Year at the 2014 Mumbrella Awards. Prior to Junkee, Steph was the editor of music and arts streetpress The Brag; she has also worked at triple j and Radio National, and freelanced for a variety of pop culture publications. She occasionally appears on ABC Radio, FBi Radio and The Project, and tweets from @stephharmon