iEC IS LED BY DIRECTORS TONY COCHRANE AND THEA JEANES-COCHRANE. TWO HIGHLY EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS, COLLECTIVELY WITH OVER 50 YEARS OF DIVERSE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE—FROM PRODUCING THEATRE AND CONCERT TOURS, TO CEREMONY EVENTS AND ORIGINATING EXHIBITION PROJECTS, TO THE COMMERCIALISATION OF SPORTS.
Whether it’s sporting events, concerts, theatre, or touring spectaculars, Tony’s passion and expertise make for a formidable combination that has resulted in some unforgettable milestones in Australian entertainment and sport over the past 38 years. From a street race in the middle of the Sydney Olympic hub and staging massive concerts in an unconventional setting to originating events like the Clipsal 500 motor race, Tony continually pushes the envelope to produce the very best in electrifying entertainment.
It was on the Gold Coast in Australia where Tony first began to command international recognition. During his tenure as Chairman of V8 Supercars, he kindled the modern era of motor racing in Australia by instituting the Touring Car category. Internationally lauded as one of the world’s greatest racing spectacles, it resulted in Tony’s Hall of Fame induction.
Not just a master of sports production, Tony has been recognised the world over for his endeavours in the music and theatre industry. He has collected a Tony Award from the American Theatre and a pair of ARIAs for his work producing tours by classic and contemporary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., John Farnham, Anthony Warlow, Clive James, Whitney Houston, Steve Winwood, The Beach Boys, and Placido Domingo—to name but a few.
Tony has played a key role in the ‘entertainment’ in Sports & Entertainment Limited (SEL) by staging and producing the organisation’s major shows and tours. Tony and his partners at SEL successfully stormed the entertainment industry with their production of the smash-hit Grease—The Arena Spectacular. The hugely popular Main Event came next, starring John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow. SEL’s credits also include Australian icons Cold Chisel with their Last Wave of Summer reformation tour, the widely successful Australian tour of The Sound of Music, Annie, The Producers, and the Broadway hit Hairspray—for which he and his fellow producers won a Tony Award for Best Musical.
Tony Cochrane is now embarking on a new journey with global projects, sports consultancies and entertainment projects in his sights—and he’s bringing his extensive worldwide contacts and global touring knowledge with him.
Thea is highly regarded within the industry for her ability to manage, produce and promote a diverse portfolio of events—from staging international motorsports events, including live televised entertainment spectaculars to musical arena spectaculars and Ceremony events.
She commenced her career over 20 years ago with IMG and was a key member of delivering major events such as the V8 Supercar Series; The PGA Coolum Classic; 1994 Brisbane World Masters Games and the re-launch of Gold Coast’s Indy Car Event. In her role at V8 Supercars, Thea managed the highly acclaimed P!NK V8 Supercar brand campaign, the collaboration winning a GOLD Promax TV Award.
After five years with IMG, Thea was appointed Director of Marketing and Sales with SEL, responsible for managing key elements of their touring entertainment productions including Grease—The Arena Spectacular, The Main Event, Cold Chisel’s Reunion Tour and The Federation Outback Spectacular created for Australia’s Centenary Celebrations. Additionally, theatrical tours co-produced with multi-award-winning producer John Frost OAM including The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, and Annie among a string of others.
In 2011 and 2009, Thea was the Producer and Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of the Arafura Games, an event held in partnership with the Oceania and Australian Paralympic Committee. The Opening Ceremony was staged at Darwin’s TIO Stadium which involved over 40 nations and 3,000 athletes. During this time, Thea also co-produced the acclaimed 50th Anniversary Motown Event Arena Tour.
Throughout 2013-14, Thea helped drive another successful endeavour which saw her as the Production Project Manager for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony, an occasion televised by Network Ten and starring Jessica Mauboy. Having been an essential part of the final phase of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games journey since 2011, Thea produced Queensland’s formal bid presentation and gala dinner at the Commonwealth Games Associations’ General Assembly in St. Kitts.
The latest milestones for Thea have been with the iEC team, producing and promoting The Rolling Stones one-off record breaking concert at South Australia’s Adelaide Oval in 2015. With the success of the concert, iEC firmed a strong relationship with the band and brought The Rolling Stones to the world via their global touring exhibition, Exhibitionism—The Rolling Stones, which is set to open at London’s Saatchi Gallery in April 2016 and travel to several cities globally to share the iconic band with the world.