May 25, 2017

Video Junkee 2017, a festival for creators and lovers of video, today announces that the stars and producers, of the hit Foxtel series Wentworth, and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (creator and showrunner of the Netflix Original series BoJack Horseman) will join an incredible line-up of speakers at the Festival’s inaugural event. These creative powerhouses are announced in addition to keynote Yael Stone (Orange Is The New Black, Deep Water, Picnic At Hanging Rock).

Taking over Sydney’s iconic Carriageworks on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July, Video Junkee 2017 is a new Festival proudly created by Junkee Media and presented in partnership with Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. The Festival is a two-day celebration of creativity and innovation in video, partnering with leading platforms Foxtel, YouTube, Netflix, BuzzFeed and ABC iview to present a series of talks, screenings, masterclasses and awards that brings together world leading and emerging content creators to discuss the Golden Age of video.

Major Platform Partner Foxtel is presenting a series of stellar sessions. Be there as the Wentworth cast and production panel goes behind the scenes of this great Australian TV success story. Take a deep dive into the creation and evolution of the acclaimed drama which has just stunned audiences with its season five finale. Wentworth panellists will be on day release from season six production of the FremantleMedia Australia drama.

Netflix takes to the stage with Raphael Bob-Waksberg, showrunner and creator of the hit animation series Bojack Horseman. Raphael, in a Q&A presentation with Marc Fennell, will go into the creation of his wildly acclaimed dark comedy and how an animation about a humanoid horse became a global hit. Join the cast and crew of ABC’s hit show Cleverman to hear about how they wrote and developed one of Australia’s most exciting new productions and shared it all around the world. This will also offer an exclusive opportunity to catch an un-aired sneak peak of Season Two’s dramatic finale and chat about the new season. Video Junkee 2017 will also bring together some of Australia’s most hilarious creators for an in-depth chat on cracking jokes and making it in the boy’s club. The panel discussion, moderated by Claudia Pickering, will feature some of our most viral comedy exports including, Tanya Hennessy, Veronica Milsom, Skit Box (Sarah Bishop, Greta Jackson and Adele Vuko) and SketchSHE (Lana Kington and Madison Lloyd).

Also joining the line up is BuzzFeed’s viral content creator Ashly Perez, the creator and star of UnfortunatelyAshly who will be presenting Audience First: Making Viral Content That Actually Matters. Attend the ‘Pitch, Please’ session and join leaders from festival partners Foxtel, YouTube and ABC for the inside scoop on what streaming services and platforms look for when commissioning content.

Get into the depths of going viral in a two-part chat STRAYA: Australians Go Viral with journalist Cariss Bizzaca (from Screen Australia’s in-house publication Screen News) and joined by some of Australia’s leading digital content makers to discuss the realities of creating online videos and what you need to do to get them seen. Hear from Yolanda Ramke (writer and co-director) and Ben Howling (Co-director) behind Cargo, the Tropfest 7-minute short film which garnered over 13 million views on YouTube before going on to be adapted into a feature film project. The Cargo feature film stars Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Freeman, with the Australian feature to be released globally as a Netflix Original who acquired the worldwide rights to the film after seeing a 3-minute promo.

Learn how to become a ‘Filmbreaker’ in a masterclass with Jason Van Genderen as he walks attendees through jawdropping developments that could turn that device in your pocket into your new career gateway, from app hacks to broadcast quality audio tips to workflow secrets. YouTube will explore the platform’s best Australian and International content creators, sharing how they got to where they are, their unique insights and the future of the world’s most used platform in a special Creators panel.

Video Junkee 2017 is presented with the support of Strategic Sponsor Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, key partner Carriageworks who are hosting the main Event, Dendy Cinemas with screenings at Dendy Newtown and major media partner oOh!media who are supporting the festival with an extensive
out-of-home campaign.

If you’re a lover, a creator or a consumer of video then head along to Video Junkee 2017 in Sydney to hear from the leaders in video and get a glimpse of what and who Australia are watching in 2017.

General Tickets ($19) are on sale now with Limited Multi-Pass tickets ($89-$199) also available giving attendees priority access to keynotes, talks, sessions, screenings and more.
More announcements including screening line-up to be made in the coming weeks.

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Junkee Media Bio
Junkee media is Australia’s leading youth digital publisher. Junkee is Australia’s smartest and most original pop culture title. Junkee goes beyond the headline to give young Australians a fresh take on what’s going in their world. From movies to politics, TV to tech and everything in-between, Junkee covers a broad spectrum of topics from the things that really matter to the things that don’t.

Yael Stone Bio
Yael Stone has worked extensively in the Australian film, television and theatre industry. A NIDA graduate she cut her teeth at 13 years old in her first professional role and never looked back. Yael is best known for her portrayal of ‘Lorna Morello’ in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, a true global phenomenon which has been honoured with the SAG Award for Outstanding Comedy Ensemble in 2015, 2016 & 2017, and nominated for the 2014 and 2015 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama. Yael’s performance has earned her critical acclaim worldwide and she is commencing work on her 6th season. Yael is also set to return as well loved mushroom dealer/dog walker ‘Beth’ in the WGA Award-winning series High Maintenance, for HBO. She went toe to toe with Charles Dance as ‘Peretta’ in the SyFy series based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Yael joined an all star cast for Wilde Wedding, acting alongside legends of stage & screen Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Sir Patrick Stewart and Minnie Driver.

In Australia Yael received a TV Week Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Actress for her portrayal of ‘Tori Lustigman’ in Deep Water (Blackfella Films and SBS) starring alongside Noah Taylor and directed by Shawn Seet. Most recently Yael joined the cast of Foxtel’s eagerly anticipated drama Picnic At Hanging Rock alongside Natalie Dormer which is set for major international release. Yael splits her time between Sydney and New York City and is a proud board member of Liberation Prison Yoga.

Raphael Bob-Waksberg Bio
Raphael Bob-Waksberg is the creator and executive producer of the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman, which has been called “a bleak, brilliant comedy” by Slate, “the funniest show about depression ever” by Vulture, and “so odd” by the New York Times. Prior to BoJack, Raphael worked on the writing staff of a few TV shows that didn’t last very long, and wrote a pilot for NBC that they apparently liked but didn’t love.

Wentworth Bio
Wentworth is a dynamic, often confronting, drama series. The series draws on characters and elements of the iconic Prisoner series as it builds its own brave and bold, contemporary stories. Shot on location in Melbourne, Wentworth is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel (available on Foxtel Now). The drama premiered in May 2013 to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences. Five seasons on, and with a sixth in production, Wentworth is Foxtel’s longest running Australia drama with a passionate fan base here and in 140 territories around the world.

Marc Fennell Bio
Marc Fennell is an Australian radio and tv presenter, interviewer film critic, award-winning technology journalist, author and the anchor of SBS VICELAND’s live nightly news show The Feed. Marc created and hosts the popular ABC RADIO media and tech programme Download This Show. For over a decade Marc has been Australia’s most listened to film critic – better known to over a million triple j listeners as That Movie Guy. He is also the Creative Director of the Not-for-profit Media Diversity Australia. Over the years, Marc has worked with the likes of BBC, Network Ten, ABC, SBS, Foxtel, Red Bull, Monocle, The Good Food Guide and Showtime. Marc has written two books: 2011’s That Movie Book and 2015’s Planet According To The Movies. One time he was also a stand-in hand model. There are unconfirmed reports that his fingers are delicate and childlike.

Cleverman Bio
Set in the future, Cleverman features powerful characters from ancient Aboriginal mythology, the Hairypeople, who must battle daily to survive in a world that seeks to silence and destroy them. The series boasts an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes award-winning actor Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Golden Globe® nominee Frances O’Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires), Rob Collins (The Wrong Girl), Clarence Ryan (Lockie Leonard) and Rachael Blake (Rake). Creatures and effects are by world-renowned Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, Avatar). Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell return as the series’ directors. The series is produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures for ABC TV Australia in co-productionwith SundanceTV and Red Arrow International, with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and
the New Zealand Screen Production Grant. Red Arrow International distributes Cleverman worldwide.

Ashly Perez Bio
Ashly Perez joined BuzzFeed in 2013 as an editorial fellow. As a staff writer, she started BuzzFeed Travel and is responsible for two of BuzzFeed’s most viral early quizzes “What City Should You Actually Live In?” and “What Career Should You Actually Have?” In 2014, she moved to Los Angeles and joined BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. She is one of the co-creators behind BuzzFeed Violet, BuzzFeed’s first character universe. Ashly and her fellow producers/Violet characters released You Do You Season 1 in December 2015 and it was an immediate hit, garnering the top spot in the iTunes TV store for the entire week of launch and beating out The Walking Dead and Keepin’ Up with the Kardashians. Variety called You Do You Season 2 a “comedy hit.” Her latest show, Unfortunaltly Ashly, premiered as BFMP’s first ever scripted longform series to be sponsored by a brand.

Tanya Hennessy Bio
Tanya Hennessy is a breakfast radio announcer at HIT104.7 Canberra, a writer for, actor, comedian and YouTuber. Then, in 2016 started at HIT104.7 Canberra with co-host Ryan Jon. In 6 months, the show has become and remained the number 1 FM show in Canberra. No easy feat. Since moving to Canberra she shared her story about the difficulty of moving to a new town and having no friends. Which saw her create a national conversation – being one of the most viewed stories on, (250,000 clicks in 12 hours) the story also featured on National 9 News, MamaMia, Studio 10, Weekend TODAY Show and The Project. In June 2016, Tanya filled in for Maz Compton on the Dan and Maz show on national breakfast and also worked with Jules Lund as the permanent fill in on national weekend breakfast. She now hosts 2DAYFM Weekend breakfast in Sydney on Saturday mornings with her co announcer, Ryan Jon. Her social media following is almost at 800,000 on Facebook, with most several videos hitting millions of views. Her most viewed video “Realistic Make Up Tutorial” now sits at 85 million. Tanya recently (and unsuccessfully) campaigned for adults to be able to order children’s meals in cafes and pubs. Her passions include; snapchat, sitting down and grated cheese.

Yolanda Ramke Bio
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Screen Production & Digital Media from Griffith University, majoring also in Applied Theatre, Yolanda has gone on to kickstart a promising career as a screenwriter and director. Having cut her teeth working for a number of years and in many departments in Australian television, Yolanda went on to write and co-direct the 2013 Tropfest finalist short film, Cargo. The project became an online sensation, amassing over 13 million views on YouTube, and attracting the interest of international producers. In 2015, Yolanda’s first feature screenplay, an expansion of Cargo, won the inaugural Gateway LA Script Development Program Award via Australians In Film. In 2016, Yolanda earned her first Australian Writer’s Guild (AWGIE) nomination for the “Short Form” project Cold Hearts, cowritten with Danielle Baynes. That same year, Yolanda went on to co-direct the feature adaptation of Cargo alongside Ben Howling. The film, which stars Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Freeman, will be the first Australian feature to be released globally as a Netflix Original.

Ben Howling Bio
Ben Howling graduated from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Multimedia, went on to study Directing part-time at NIDA and has progressed rapidly through the ranks of television as a producer, shooter and editor on series such as Big Brother, Gladiators, Beauty & the Geek, So You Think You Can Dance, X-Factor and The Project. An avid music fan, he has also gone on to produce and direct video clips for artists such as Reece Mastin, YMS and Lazy J. His short film The Puppet was shortlisted for Tropfest 2012, whilst his sophomore effort co-directed with Yolanda Ramke, Cargo, garnered over 13 million views on YouTube and an impressive international festival run. In 2016, Ben went on to co-direct his debut feature film; an adaptation of Cargo. The project, which stars Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Freeman, will be the first Australian feature to be released globally as a Netflix Original.

SketchSHE Bio
Notwithstanding the horsepower of their car lip sync videos, SketchSHE isn’t simply a one-trick pony. Fuelled by the chemistry among members, Shae-Lee Lana and Madison, SketchSHE is guided by a shared love of pop culture, comedy and female empowerment. Their YouTube channel, boasting over 850,000 subscribers, is home to a range of celebrity impersonations, music based sketches and brutally honest social commentary (plus a bunch of homemade costumes, of course!)

Skit Box Bio
Skit Box are an all female comedy trio from Sydney Australia consisting of comedians and actresses Sarah Bishop, Adele Vuko and Greta Lee Jackson. They are the creators of the viral sensations Activewear, the follow-up video Activewear featuring Ellie Goulding and I Got That Flow. They have achieved over 100 million views worldwide and have been featured internationally on The New York Times, Buzzfeed, NBC’s The Today Show, InStyle, Glamour, Perez Hilton, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and many more. They were recently named on Mamamia’s list of Australia’s Top 10 Female Comedians. In 2016 they created, wrote, directed and starred in Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am a six x 30 min sketch comedy TV series that aired on ABC in Australia and on Seeso in the U.S. Seeso is a new comedy streaming platform owned by NBC Universal that features classic comedies including 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Monty Python and new comedies from creators Amy Poehler and Dan Harmon (Community).

Skit Box have a strong social media presence with over 50,000 Facebook followers, and their videos have been shared by several high profile influencers including Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Ellie Goulding, Elizabeth Banks and Sophia Vergara. As well as Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am, they have several upcoming projects including sketches on the all new Foxtel sketch show The Slot where they will co- star alongside comedians Luke McGregor and Nazeem Hussain. They also have their award winning live comedy stage show Skit Box Presents, and a horror/comedy feature film The Retreat which is in development with Screen Australia. When they’re not busy making comedy you can find Sarah googling videos of baby sloths, Adele reading books about astrophysics, and Greta painting pictures of unicorns.

Jason van Genderen Bio
In 2008 Jason famously threw away his high-end production gear and made a short film on a mobile phone that kick-started a new global revolution in storytelling. His $57 ‘film-that-could’ won over $35,000 in prizes globally and cemented Jason as one of the world’s most celebrated Pocket Filmmakers. Tropfest NY, Aspen Short Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Sundance London have all played host to Jason’s films and talks. His philosophy is disarmingly simple. Great storytelling transcends the barriers of budget, experience and tools. When you have a magnetic story… sometimes the simplest of tools can be the secret to making the magic come alive.

Claudia Pickering
Claudia Pickering is a Sydney-born Director and Writer whose films have achieved widespread festival acclaim, including ‘Frisky’, a $5k feature which has gone on to be optioned as a television series by Jungle. Pickering regularly creates sketches with her comedy trio Frothpocalypse having studied comedy improvisation at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles. She has a masters degree in Architecture and is one of the founding partners of Freshflix film festival, which brings indie film, art and local music together on a regular basis around Sydney and beyond.

Caris Bizzaca Bio
Caris Bizzaca is the journalist for Screen Australia’s in-house publication Screen News, where she interviews content creators and writes about Australian film, television and online projects. Caris is also the host of the upcoming Screen News podcast, set to launch later in 2017. Previously she was a Film Reporter at the newswire Australian Associated Press and film reviewer for ABC 702 Sydney. Her work has appeared in print and online for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail, The West Australian, The Cairns Post and The Mercury in Hobart, among other publications.

Sally Regan Bio
Sally has over 30 years’ experience working in the screen production sector and has produced film and television in Australia, Europe, Asia and America. Sally is currently one of three Drama Investment Managers at Screen Australia in this capacity. Previous to her time at Screen Australia, Sally worked as a Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW working across documentary, features and television drama.