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Omar Todd (b. 1972) is an Australian entrepreneur turned movie producer. He has overseen numerous start-up companies in the information technology and venture capital fields.[1] He is also the founder of the Internet Society of Australia which was founded in 1996.

He serves as the Technical Director and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society[2] and is a founder of the South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network.[3] He has produced many notable films including Waiting For Gorgo[4], Confessions Of An Eco-Terrorist, and The Cove (unaccredited).[5][6] He is an activist and conservationist, working with organization such as The Blue Seals where he assists with the cleanup efforts after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.[7] He is also known for his work on Animal Planet’s show Whale Wars.

Early life and education

Todd was born on January 28, 1972 in Mornington, Victoria which is a sea side town located near Melbourne, Australia. His parents moved to Perth, Australia where he attended Christ Church Grammar School and graduated in 1988. He then sought out a career in computers and information technology. Todd had his first 2 computer shops by the time he was 18 years of age. He declined to go to college as he began making more money than the professors teaching his friends.[8]

Professional Career

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Todd's career started in the information technology, telecommunication, and cyber security fields. He is one of the founding directors of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU), a non-profit organization that promotes development of the Internet in Australia to benefit businesses, individuals, and professionals.[9] He served as a director and treasurer from January 1996 through January 1999. During his time with the ISOA-AU, he worked with other board members like Geoff and Kate Lance, helping create Internet policy on behalf of corporations and government.[10] He was also the founding director of APANA Western Australia where he served from 1993 to 1996. During his time with APANA, he helped establish the first 14.4K permanent Internet connection in Western Australia.[11]

During his 20 years of working in the field of information technology, he has earned numerous specialties and certifications. He is considered a Cloud specialist and Social Media specialist. He is certified as both a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). During the late 1990's, he worked as a contractor for numerous IT companies including Microsoft and Telstra Corporation Limited. He also held positions with Omon Pty Ltd and Standard Technologies Ltd before becoming the CEO of Premier Ltd in 2003. As part of his duties as President of Omon, he helped negotiate and supervise a merger with Digital Media Corp.[12]

As CEO and Managing Director of Premier Ltd, Todd was responsible for the largest Cisco Systems and Sun Microsystems Grey supplier in Europe. He held the position until 2007, a short time after becoming the Managing Director of Union Roth Capital Pty Ltd, a venture capital and consultant service located in Australia.[13] During his career at Union Roth Capital, he was charged with managing numerous critical projects by planning operational strategies, organizing work schedules, and ensuring that projects stayed within agreed budgets and client expectations, mostly related to the Western Australian mining industry technology sector.

Todd began his production career after taking a non-paid consulting position as the Technical Director for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 2008. As part of his role with the society, he is in charge of their social media, ship communications, internet security, shore communications and technology guidance.[14] He is also their public relations specialist on special projects as well as their celebrity liaison.[2] His work with Sea Shepherd earned him a spot at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival alongside Paul Watson and Rob Stewart. He was part of Cannes' Producer's Network and also coordinated a fundraising party for Sea Shepherd along with actress Michelle Rodriguez.[15] Todd also took part in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his production work on his own films.[16]

Although he mainly focuses on his work with Sea Shepherd, Todd still works in the information technology field. He is a council member with the International Cyber Threat Task Force, a non-profit organization formed to help connect cyber security experts.[1] He is also non-executive Chief Technology Officer for SkyWiFi Ltd, a 4G wireless service provider.

Filmography

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Todd has produced numerous notable films. In 2009 he was the Executive Producer of the short comedy Waiting For Gorgo, a movie that paid homage to the 1962 film Gorgo.[17] The film starred Geoffrey Davies, Kelly Eastwood, and Nicholas Amer.[18] Todd was also the consulting producer of the 2010 award-winning documentary Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist. The documentary contained never seen before footage of the past 30 years of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Campaigns.[19] The film won numerous awards including the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Cinema Verde Film & Arts Festival.[20] As part of his volunteer work with the Sea Shepherd Conservationist Society, he has appeared in numerous episodes of the show Whale Wars, a featured reality television show that appears on Animal Planet.

Todd's current project is a romantic comedy entitled Sparks and Embers. The film is about a London record company producer who loses his job. While leaving the building after being fired, he gets trapped in an elevator with the consultant who caused him to lose his job.[21] Shooting for the film began in 2011 and stars Kris Marshall and Annelise Hesme.[22] He is also slated to work on numerous other projects including Barflies, Standing Stones, Ocean Warrior, and The Adventures of Charlie & Man.[23]

Year Film Title Role Notes
2012 Sparks and Embers Executive Producer[21][22] Post Production - Starring Kris Marshall and Annelise Hesme.
2012 Whale Wars: Viking Shores Self[5] Animal Planet Television Series. Appeared in Numerous Episodes.
2010 Confessions Of An Eco-Terrorist Consulting Producer Documentary featuring stories from the Sea Shepherd Conservationist Society. Audience Choice Award at 2012 Cinema Verde Film & Arts Festival.[24]
2010 Whale Wars: From Pirate To Prisoner Self[5] Animal Planet Television Series. Appeared in Numerous Episodes.
2009 Waiting For Gorgo Executive Producer[17] Multiple Awards including Jury Award at the 2012 Amateur & Independent Film Festival[25] and the Best Short Film Award at the 2011 Cantoo Film Festival.[26]

Awards and recognitions

Films that Todd has produced have received numerous awards. Waiting For Gorgo won the Jury Award at the Amateur and Independent Film Festival KAN in 2012[25] and the Best Short Film Award at the 2011 CanToo Film Festival in West Virginia.[26] Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist won the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Cinema Verde Film & Arts Festival.[24]

Philanthropy

Todd is a Director and member of The Blue Seals, an organization founded by activist Peter Brown. The goal of the organization is to promote marine conservation and stewardship. Much of their work is done in conjunction with Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherds Conservation Society and is spent taking on major issues that threaten marine life including the documenting, exposure, and assisting in the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster that took place in 2010.[7]

Todd volunteers much of his time with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He has done so since 2008 and performs all functions for their social media, ship communications, internet security, shore communications, technology guidance, public relations and celebrity liaison roles.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ICTTF Council Members. International Cyber Threat Task Force. Retrieved on 03 September 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sea Shepherd Profile. Green Way Up. Retrieved on 03 September 2012.
  3. South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network. South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network (2012). Retrieved on 5 September 2012.
  4. This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Omar Todd, that was deleted or is being discussed for deletion, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Omar Todd. IMDb. Retrieved on 03 September 2012.
  6. Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist. IMDb. Retrieved on 1 September 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Who We Are. The Blue Seals Official Website. Retrieved on 24 August 2012.
  8. Omar Todd. WhoSay. Retrieved on 5 September 2012.
  9. What is ISOC-AU. Internet Society of Australia. Retrieved on 3 September 2012.
  10. Internet Society of Australia. Internet Society of Australia (2012). Retrieved on 5 September 2012.
  11. General Information about APANA. APANA (12 September 1999). Retrieved on 5 September 2012.
  12. Omar Todd. RadarIs. Retrieved on 5 September 2012.
  13. Union Roth Capital Pty Ltd. Business Profiles (8 January 2012). Retrieved on 5 September 2012.
  14. New Ship Possibilities. International Whale Protection (22 August 2012). Retrieved on 03 September 2012.
  15. A Time For Life And Nature. Cannes International Film Festival (2012). Retrieved on 03 September 2012.
  16. Marlow, Julie (17 May 2012). Cannes 2011: Ms Marlow Reports From The Croisette. Screen Hub. Retrieved on 5 September 2012.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Waiting For Gorgo. British Film Council. Retrieved on 1 September 2012.
  18. Waiting For Gorgo. Internet Movies Database. Retrieved on 1 September 2012.
  19. Todd, Omar. SnagFilms Announces - Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist. Omar Todd Homepage. Retrieved on 1 September 2012.
  20. Riley, Trish (10 July 2012). Cinema Verde Announces 2012 Film Awards. Cinema Verde Film & Arts Festival. Retrieved on 3 September 2012.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Sparks and Embers – Old Flames Are Hard To Extinguish. Cinemagine (2011). Retrieved on 03 September 2012.
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  23. Movie Slate. Cinemagine. Retrieved on 5 September 2012.
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  25. 25.0 25.1 Waiting For Gorgo Wins Special Jury Prize at 2012 KAN Festival. Cinemagine (1 May 2012). Retrieved on 1 September 2012.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Waiting For Gorgo Wins Best Short Film At 2011 Cantoo Film Festival. Cinemagine (20 September 2011). Retrieved on 3 September 2012.

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