Simon has been producing films, promoting artists, producing and directing shows and concerts for the last 15 years. He also has over 25 years experience as a professional musician playing commercially in both Australia and internationally.
Simon was Director’s Assistant on the 2006 motion picture Irresistible (starring Sam Neil, Susan Sarandon and Emily Blunt) and, with producer Fukimo Homma, co-produced the 2007 feature film Academy for release in Japan.
Simon’s producing career began in film. His credits as a Producer include short films like Solvent and The Tank (starring Chris Haywood and Linda Cropper). Both films were screened in film festivals in New York, London, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney, Wyoming and Palm Springs. Simon also produced the critically acclaimed End Of Town that was nominated in the 2006 L’Oreal Paris AFI Awards and won the Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award at the 2006 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Simon then spent 3 years as a producer for Channel 31, Melbourne’s Community Television Consortium, producing a number of shows, including the National Community Television Awards. During this time, Simon was instrumental in raising awareness of a number of Victoria’s diverse communities by engaging mainstream media personalities and professionals to be involved with Channel 31 in direct and advisory roles. This resulted in raising the profile of programs presented on C31 by Victoria’s Indigenous Community, Multicultural community, All Abilities Community and LGBT Community.
In 2012, with Moira Bennett, Simon formed Room 8 Pty Ltd. Since then, Simon has continued to develop the new theatre genre, the “narrative concert,” and has had a string of successes as a producer and director: The Man in Black – The Johnny Cash Story which won a Helpmann Award in 2010 (Best Australian Contemporary Concert), The John Denver Story, starring Rick Price, At Last – The Etta James Story starring Vika Bull and in May 2015 Simon directed the South African production of Let’s Get It On – The Life And Music Of Marvin Gaye at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg.