Executive Vice President - Aust./N.Z. & Northern Asia
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 – N.S.W. Film & TV Office (2001), Board Director – Sydney Film Festival (2008/9) Board Director - Australians in Film (Los Angeles 2003/4) and is a member of British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA-UK).
What are the factors that enhance the likelihood of Australian films working at the Box Office - and what don't!
Ready, Steady, Pitch! topic
Australian stories that connect with and feel genuine to Australians - not horror/sci-fi/big VFX films.