Writer, Producer and Founder
Ade’s career began at ABCTV aged 19. He worked on iconic Australian programs such as Countdown Revolution, THE BIG GIG and THE LATE SHOW. Ade held several senior positions overseas as a producer and CEO including CEO of Ten on Ten Pictures and Enfiniti Productions, Malaysia. He co-produced what was then the biggest historical epic film in Malaysia’s history PUTERI GUNUNG LEDANG (A LEGENDARY LOVE), which was the first film from Malaysia to have been shortlisted in consideration for Oscar nomination. He was one of the producers of SALAM CAFÉ (SBS 2008); the first ever Muslim entertainment program screened prime time in a Western country. In 2011, Ade joined the not-for-profit board of Disability Media Australia, just three days prior to a massive stroke. After this forced seven year hiatus, Ade is now “re-emerging” and finding his place as a screen media professional who lives with a major disability. In 2017 he completed and graduated the Master of Screen Arts & Business at AFTRS. Ade was a recipient of the 2017 Screen Australia initiative ‘Seeing Ourselves: Developing the Developer.'
Ade is the creator and writer/producer of SIT DOWN COMEDY, a disability advocacy comedy program currently in development with the support of Screen Australia. This is a unique comedy series in that it is disability led and with its content created in a very inclusive manner with many writers having an authentic lived experience with disability or a genuine connection to the world of disability. Joining Ade, as key creatives are award-winning filmmakers, Colin Cairnes and Sarah Barton and renowned comedy writer Jason Marion. A2K Media also engages a team of writers with disability. Through Sit Down Comedy, A2K Media is proud to nurture disabled writers and actors and bring authentic representation of disability and inclusion to our screens.
Together with experienced producer, Leanne Tonkes, Ade is also one of the producers of AMAR; a short film supported by SBS and Film Victoria that explores discrimination and celebrates inclusion. The film is written and directed by Fatima Mawas who is a passionate advocate for social justice. The film is set in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne in the heart of the Arab and Muslim communities. The film’s lead character is a young Muslim lady with Down syndrome.
Ade is also a best-selling author with THE LITTLE BOOK OF HOPE for stroke survivors, caregivers and anyone else going through a really tough time.
As an Asian Australian from a Muslim family, and as a stroke survivor living with a disability, Ade contributes a rich and unique perspective on inclusive storytelling.
Kate Stephens has used her background in sales and marketing, event management, travel and hospitality and presenting to build the marketing and event foundations of A2K Media.
Together with Ade, Kate has been instrumental in organising various successful film and TV productions and was particularly instrumental in the success of the Australian Malaysian Film Festival and the Indonesian Film Education Roadshow. Kate says, “With a focus on building bilateral ties, we made these events not just film events but true arts cultural events”.
Kate is a passionate health and wellness advocate and has worked as a food presenter for Electrolux as well as organising plant based wholefood-cooking classes for wellness programs including corporations like BP.
Kate’s hosting, presenting and promotion has been instrumental at book signings of celebrities including internationally recognised authors such as Kathy Lette and Jeffrey Archer as well as many sports stars including Ricky Ponting, Anthony Koutoufides and Kostya Tszyu. Her presenting work also includes interviewing celebrities such as Adam Liaw (Master Chef 2010), Peter (Spider) Everett and Brendan Fevola among others.
Being in a cross-cultural marriage to a disabled person, Kate is passionate about harmonious and progressive race relations and disability rights, and is an advocate for inclusion. She believes that on screen representation is key to a more inclusive, loving and caring society