Television executive and UTS alumnus Hamish Cameron has lived through – and influenced – a great era of technological change in the entertainment industry.
“Being part of the launch of FM radio in Australia in 1980 was one of the most exciting projects I’ve been involved with,” he recalls of his part in establishing one of Sydney’s first and most enduring FM stations, Triple M.
It’s one of many pioneering roles in a career spanning more than forty years, his impact recognised with Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours, adding to a host of industry awards.
Starting out as a videotape editor for Network Ten and Channel Nine in the early 1970s, Hamish quickly progressed to TV Director and Production Manager before moving into his founding role with Triple M, where he also established the station’s first-ever stereo simulcast to commercial television.
A passionate supporter of the Australian music industry, he has brought some of the country’s best artists into our homes, producing over 120 episodes of the Live at The Basement series for ABC-TV and dozens of music DVDs and TV specials.
"UTS provided an outstanding environment to allow a mature age student, in full time employment, to succeed in gaining both a Bachelor and a Masters Degree."
He also wrote, produced and directed the documentary ‘In Search of Excellence’, taking a film crew on the road with iconic Aussie rock band INXS to document their meteoric rise to fame. “It was a fantastic musical journey through Glasgow, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Denmark, Paris and Belgium,” says Hamish. The special was subsequently screened internationally and released in music stores worldwide.
Joining forces with legendary FM radio broadcaster Doug Mulray in the late 1990s, Hamish introduced Australia’s first multi-media broadcasting operation, with technological breakthroughs that led to a world first: the delivery of Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) programming via Telstra’s broadband platform.
For the last fourteen years Hamish has been Chief Executive Officer of TV and digital production company Chief Entertainment, a subsidiary of Telstra that employs over 80 staff and turns over nearly $20million in TV production for its parent company and other commercial clients and broadcasters. He has overseen the creation and delivery of some of the nation’s best-loved content, including coverage of major sports events such as the AFL, NRL, V-8 Supercars, the Commonwealth Games and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as well as a host of cultural productions from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Hamish has served on the Forces Entertainment Board for over ten years, where he’s committed to maintaining morale of Australian military personnel through arranging tours by musicians and other entertainers to overseas deployment zones, most recently the Middle East, Timor and the Solomon Islands. He is also on the advisory council for the UNSW Art & Design Faculty.
Amongst all this he took on tertiary study at age 40, which he describes as a huge culture shock but a wonderful experience. “UTS provided an outstanding environment to allow a mature age student, in full time employment, to succeed in gaining both a Bachelor and a Masters Degree,” says Hamish.
“A good understanding of copyright and intellectual property law is so valuable in the current digital world. My UTS degrees have been of immense benefit in dealing with such issues as artist agreements and copyright issues.”
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