LOS ANGELES, August 8, 2013 – Omar Todd has taken “saving the whales” to a completely new level. In fact, he has been able to successfully parlay his empathy for the endangered species into a career as a well sought-after television and movie producer.
The twenty-year IT professional began his faith walk to fame and notoriety while managing social media marketing for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international, non-profit marine wildlife conservation organization. It uses direct action tactics to protect marine life in an effort to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas to ensure the survival of its target species.
As a part of the group’s promotional strategy, Todd produced a number of documentaries and short films that shone light on the issues and concerns most important to the society. As titles such as Waiting for Gorgo, and Confessions of an Eco-terrorist began to earn recognition, Hollywood began to take notice of Todd’s talent as well.
He ultimately had an opportunity to play himself on Discovery (Animal Planet) Channel’s hit reality show Whale Wars. The show chronicled the daring and unorthodox tactics of the Sea Shepherds as they ventured around the globe hell-bent on putting an end to the whaling industry.
Even on the show, however, the modest Todd spent much of his time behind the camera where he felt most at home. Due to the success of his social media campaigns, and because Sea Shepherd Australia took over running the main campaigns due to an injunction against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s US HQ by the Japanese Government, Todd was appointed Global Technical Officer of the group world wide.
In the reality show, intense dramatic scenes highlighting face-offs between the Shepherds and whaling vessels in the icy waters of the Antarctic have earned critical acclaim and a great deal of respect from those sympathetic to the mission of the Shepherds.
One fascinating fact about the coverage of these interactions is that the images and press releases from the campaigns were uploaded in real time. Todd literally sent the information out to the world from the Antarctica within one hour of receiving the media footage from the ships.
Todd’s coverage of the Shepherds’ voyages has received quite a bit of recognition. His short film Waiting for Gorgo won the Jury Award at the 2012 Amateur and Independent Film Festival. His Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist won the 2012 Cinema Verde Film & Arts Festival Audience Choice Award. Currently, Todd is working on several projects including the romantic comedy Sparks and Embers, the indie comedy Barflies, and the fiction thriller Emissary.
While Omar Todd’s story is encouraging to anyone eager to transform their passion into a career, he is perhaps most proud of his status as a founding member of Australia’s WikiLeaks Party. He is one of three founding directors of the party along with WikiLeaks’ founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange and John Shipton, Assange’s father.
Omar visited Julian in his temporary home at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London numerous times during a 12-month period while laying groundwork for what would become the WikiLeaks Party. He serves on the party’s National Council as a Director and is also Director of Communications and Social Media. In the former role, he plays an integralpart in developing party policies.
The WikiLeaks Party claims to stand for transparency and accountability in government and human rights. It couples a small, centralized leadership with maximum grassroots involvement to meet its political aims. As a result of the tenacity and leadership of Todd and the other founding members, the party became officially registered in Australia on June 2, 2013 and already boasts well over 1300 fee-paying members.
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