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article imageMeet Omar Todd: An Australian IT specialist turned film producer

By Andrew Moran     Jan 9, 2013 in Entertainment
London - The famous line “That’s show business” has been uttered by all walks of life in the entertainment industry. Whether you’re a famous actor or a struggling filmmaker, the line describes all of the ailments and foibles that inflict Hollywood.
One of the millions trying to get a foot in the world of movies is Omar Todd, an Australian motion picture producer who has been engaged as an executive producer, producer and consulting producer in a handful of films. Todd is a producer at the London-based Cinemagine Screen Entertainment, an independent production company of broadcast media, video and film.
He has been involved in the 2012 romantic comedy “Sparks and Ember,” the 2010 documentary “Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist” and the short 2006 comedy “Waiting for Gorgo,” which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 KAN Festival and was the Best Short Film at the 2011 Cantoo Film Festival.
Some of the films currently in development are the independent comedy “Barflies,” the supernatural thriller “The Circle,” the science fiction thriller “Emissary” and the action thriller “Tropic of Capricorn.”
Todd, who is available to work in the United States, has also starred as himself in the television series “Whale Wars.” He has also acted in an Orange Mobile commercial
Although it may not seem like much to the average moviegoer, getting at least one motion picture completed takes a lot of work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report in 2009 that took a comprehensive look at the film industry.
It concluded that while directors and producers face severe bouts of stress as they try to get the movie done on schedule, solve production problems and stay within budget, actors, cinematographers and camera operators suffer from the anxiety of rejection and long periods of unemployment. Meanwhile, writers and editors have to deal with constant criticisms and the demand to redo the work until the heads of the production are satisfied with the script.
“Producers and directors work under a lot of pressure, and most are under constant stress to find their next job,” wrote the BLS in its occupational outlook handbook. “Work assignments are usually short, ranging from one day to a few months. Therefore, they also often hold another job to make a living.”
This isn’t just prone to the U.S., it is a global trend.
With that being said, employment levels for directors and producers are expected to rise 11 percent in the next several years (in the U.S.). This means, a person like Todd, who maintains experience in voice-over work, radio, television and film, would have an easier, granted still difficult, time to produce projects and release pictures to the public.
Data from 2009 suggests that Australia holds more than six percent of the $29.2 billion global box office revenues.
According to a profile of Todd, he isn’t just involved in the picture business. For two decades, he worked in the Information Technology field, while earning various specialties and certifications, like the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
In the 1990s, Todd was a contractor for firms such as Microsoft and Telstra Corporation. He would later become the CEO of Premier Ltd. and was responsible for the biggest Cisco Systems and Sun Microsystems. Todd then became the Managing Director of Union Roth Capital Pty Ltd, a venture capital and consultant service.
He also served as the director and member of The Blue Seals, an organization established by activist Peter Brown that focuses on marine conservation and stewardship awareness and promotion. He still volunteers a lot of his time at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society by working on its social media, public relations, technology guidance and ship communications.
Perhaps one of the most profound achievements of his career was gaining a spot at the 2011 and 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was part of the Cannes’ Producer’s Network, while also coordinating a fundraising get together for Sea Shepherd that featured actress Michelle Rodriguez.
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