Shaun James - Bio

Shaun James has 20 years experience spanning the entertainment and broadcast industries.

Gaining extensive marketing experience at Warner Music for a nine year period, he then spent a further five years with the organisation as Chairman and CEO, Australia and New Zealand. Operationally, this covered both the recording and publishing companies within Warner Music.

Shaun then spent three and a half years at Network TEN in the roles of General Manager, Network Sales and then as Chief Marketing Officer.

In 2008 he joined the XYZ Networks, as GM of the music channels [V], [V] Hits, Max and CMC and since that time has overseen some of the countries biggest local music productions including The Big Day Out, Sound Relief, The Max Sessions, Future Music Festival & CMC Rocks the Snowy’s. In 2012, post Foxtel’s acquisition of Austar, Shaun was appointed as GM Music Channels & Head of Digital, Foxtel Networks Australia. In these roles he oversaw growth across the groups’ digital platforms, including the launch of the Lifestyle portal within Telstra media, as well as the launch of the new music channel SMOOTH & the revamped audio service FOXTEL TUNES, in late 2013.

In March 2014 Shaun was appointed to role of Director – Presto & VOD, overseeing the launch & ongoing development of PRESTO, Foxtel’s OTT SVOD movies service and assuming responsibility for Foxtel’s Video on Demand portfolio operating across multiple platforms, including the ANYTIME, Foxtel Go, Main Event and Foxtel Store offerings.

Shaun’s commitment to supporting the entertainment and broadcast industries include the following previous roles:

Vice Chairman of the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA)

Chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA)
Member of Free TV’s marketing committee
Company Directorship – Digital Audio Technologies of Australia
Company Directorship – Entertainment Distributors Company
Service on the Federal Minister for Finance’s Expert Advisory Committee on e-Commerce in 2002

Shaun holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Monash University and is married with three children. Outside of business and family interests, Shaun is a keen sailor completing a number of offshore ocean races including two Sydney to Hobart races. He is a past NSW Chairman of REDKITE and acts as a Trustee for the Golden Stave Foundation.