We have an experienced and knowledgeable team with diverse backgrounds, from the broadcast industry to preservation organisations. So we have the
skills and expertise to manage digitisation projects of any size and complexity.
Ron - Managing Director
Ron partners with Joe in managing the operations of DAMsmart. Based in Sydney, Ron’s
entrepreneurial and management skills have played key role in the successful establishment,
and fast growth of DAMsmart.
Ron is a pioneer in the Australian audiovisual business, which he started in almost 30 years
ago. He joined the industry in 1982, when he founded Silver & Ballard Pty Ltd (S&B). Ron’s
business has gone from strength to strength, culminating in the establishment of DAMsmart
Joe - General Manager
Joe has been heading up the business in Canberra since establishing DAMsmart with Ron
in 2007. With over 25 years of specialist audiovisual experience, Joe is one of the most
knowledgeable people in the industry when it comes to analogue and digital video, film and
audio production, management and archiving.
Before starting DAMsmart, Joe headed up Preservation and Technical Services at the
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. While at the NFSA Joe developed a reputation
as being one of the leading authorities on media migration, preservation and archiving in Australia.
Adam - Business Manager
Adam heads up sales and marketing for DAMsmart. His background is in marketing and
business management, with over 10 years experience working across a wide portfolio of
blue chip clients. He has been quick to pick up the fundamentals of the industry, and is
already writing articles for industry publications.
Prior to joining DAMsmart, Adam was the General Manager of one of Sydney’s leading
activation marketing agencies. Adam brings with him a depth of marketing and business
development experience with strong technical skills to match.
Andrew - Media Migration Manager
Andrew heads up the technical operation at DAMsmart. Andy manages everything from our
sophisticated SMART digitisation platform through, to the maintenance of our VTRs, both
the modern ones and the antique ones, through to research and development. He also
works alongside Joe developing custom workflows and integration testing for all our new
Andy has over 10 years experience in the television broadcast industry. He refined his
technical skills working as the Digital Media Specialist with the National Film and Sound
Archive of Australia, where he researched and developed standards for encoding analogue
material for preservation, the web, production and cinema.
Dave - Film Preservation Operator
Dave heads up the film division at DAMsmart. Dave’s well known in the industry as one of
Australia’s leading film preservation experts. Dave oversees both the preparation of the film
as well as the colour grading and transfer process.
Before joining the team, Dave spent 14 years at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)
developing and refining his skills. Prior to leaving the NFSA he held the executive role as Film
Curator. He’s spent over a third of his life managing the preservation of film and it would
astound you the things that Dave knows about film.
Scott - Digital Media Operator
Scott has over 15 years’ experience in the media industry and has a talent for all things
technical in the world of audiovisual. Scott joined us as a Digital Media Operators and
has since shown his hand at a range of other roles in the business including archive
management, developing QC standards as well as research and development.
Scott has worked for some of the biggest broadcasters in the county in various roles from
cameraman to operations manager.
Janelle - Digital Media Operator
Janelle joined us from the broadcast industry where she got down and dirty with the
operations side of the trade. Janelle knows her way around most videotape formats, both
old and new, and plays a lead role in project management and workflow co-ordination of the
video digitisation platform. Janelle also plays a supporting role on the commercial side of
DAMsmart, where she works alongside Joe and Kirsty with sales and administration.
Janelle has worked for the biggest regional broadcasters and also has completed studies in
Business management and Television.
Kirsty - Production Manager
Kirsty manages disk services for DAMsmart and, coincidentally, is one of the longest standing
members of the team. Kirsty has developed the disk services business and is responsible
for all things related to production for duplication, replication and USB production
including all the adminsitration and design requirements. Whether it’s small run or large runs, Kirsty
is the girl for the job.
Kirsty’s other role is managing the Canberra office, which in itself is
a big task given everything we have going on. When you drop in, Kirsty will be the
smiling face that meets you at the door.
Amy - Digital Media Operator
Amy is part of the specialist team responsible for the day-to-day operation of the video
migration platform. Amy operates both the automated and semi automated digitisation
workflows including testing and QC compliance. Amy also supports Dave in the film
department, preparing and transferring film.
Amy developed her technical skills working in the broadcast industry for post-production
companies and broadcasters. Amy has been both a producer and an
editor, and has the knowledge to match the skills with an Honours degree in TV
Clint - Digital Media Operator
Clint is the DAMsmart nightwatchman. DAMsmart’s operations are 24x7, and we rely on
Clint to manage the both the semi-automated and automated video and audio workflows
through the night so we can keep the projects running around the clock.
Like the rest of the team, Clint has an extensive background in TV, working for many
of the national broadcasters in everything from script writing to floor management. Clint’s
got the digital skills to match as an accomplished IT professional undertaking consultancy
and web design. Underpinning his skills, Clint got a bachelor in TV Production and masters in
Visual and Performing Arts.