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Mary Lancaster – Co-founder and Director

Mary is a writer, director, instructional designer, multimedia content creator, teacher and storyteller.

A graduate of the Drama School at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Hawthorn Institute of Education, Mary trained with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (TV) as a producer/director, making current affairs, adult drama and children's education programs in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart.

She co-founded Greater Glider Productions and was involved in the creation of a children's rock opera, a radio serial for the BBC and Radio Hong Kong, a computer game, fifteen books and several video and film scripts.

Mary has extensive experience in the corporate world, developing CD-ROM based and on-line training. She has developed communication and change management strategies for corporate clients and lived in Singapore for a time while involved in the creation of an Information Technology Centre there.

Now a director of Word Design Interactive, Mary works as a multimedia designer and project manager for corporate training and on-line environments.

Her experience in teaching and creation of children's products across various media makes Mary a valuable member of the content creation team for the Planet Ozkids label.

Despite her busy schedule, Mary still finds time to hold workshops and lecture on writing and content creation.


Bob Smith – Co-founder and Director

Bob is an ideas creator with expertise in marketing and new product development.

His extensive background in business ownership and consulting, combined with his creative skills, gives him a complete overview of the requirements of a company specialising in providing content for multimedia and on-line environments.

Bob started his working life in the paper and printing industry, liaising with Advertising Agencies and Printers.  He undertook various courses at the Melbourne College of Printing and Graphic Arts.

A firm believer in continually adding to your reservoir of skills, Bob has completed courses at Monash University and Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE in Multimedia Authoring, Digital Imaging, 2D animation and Multimedia Interface Design.

Through his consultancy company Kendall Gem, Bob helped several wholesale/manufacturing clients acquire a retail presence. He developed marketing strategies, created new brand identities, specified equipment and trained personnel.

Now a director of Word Design Interactive, Bob is providing clients with solutions to integrating an on-line presence into their overall communications and marketing structure.

His diverse skills allow him to take on many roles for our clients  – ranging from the role of Producer developing an on-line community for a national magazine group, to the hands-on authoring of a new on-line communications environment for a national marketing authority.

Bob created the Planet Ozkids concept, along with the concepts and storylines for Animals Myths and Legends and the Ace Detectives - Mystery at Ghost Mine


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