Andrew is the founder of Sunstar, boasting over 25 years of experience in the field of sport and entertainment. Andrew’s expertise is diverse, having worked across talent management, sponsorship, marketing, events and film production.
In the talent management field, Andrew has represented many of Australia’s highest profile sports stars. With a passion for cricket, Sunstar’s talent roster has a heavy focus on this sport. Andrew represents some of the superstars of the game, including Mitchell Starc, Alyssa Healy and Australian women’s captain, Meg Lanning. He’s also managed the career of around the world sailor Jessica Watson. Andrew was Event Director for 16 year old Jessica's epic homecoming in May 2010, which was watched by millions via a live broadcast on every TV network in Australia and 100,000 people around Sydney Harbour. It was voted Australia's Favourite Event of 2010.
Andrew was a producer on Jessica’s documentary '210 Days', which was narrated by Sir Richard Branson.
Andrew set up Sunstar's film division in 2011, acquiring and developing Sunstar's slate of properties, including the Academy Award nominated, box office hit LION, on which he was executive producer.
In addition to his work in the talent and film sectors, Andrew has made a significant contribution to his local community, having sat on the Board of the Manly Warringah Cricket Club in Sydney for 30 years, including the past 16 years as Honorary President. Andrew played Premier Cricket with Manly for 25 years and is a Life Member of the 141 year old Club.
In 2014, Andrew delivered the biggest crowdfunding campaign ever, for a personal cause in Australia, when he instigated the “All in for Alex” fundraiser to assist his terminally ill 41 year old niece Alex Piper, who had breast cancer. She was struggling financially, as her husband Matt is 100% blind and unable to work. The campaign raised over $1 million for Alex, Matt and their three young children. Sadly, Alex passed away in January 2015, just 3 weeks after the campaign ended, but comforted in the knowledge her family’s financial woes were over.
In 2016, Andrew was awarded the prestigious Community Service Award by the Government of NSW, in appreciation of his contribution to the community.
Shahen has been involved in the field of finance and investment banking for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Sydney University) and Master of Economics (Macquarie University). He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants , Registered Company Auditor, Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the Taxation Institute of Australia.
During the past 7 years, Shahen has had extensive experience in various aspects of film production in Australia. He has been an integral component in the production slate Sunstar has acquired and is an executive producer on each of our feature films.
Shahen brings further dimension to the strong industry credentials of Sunstar, given his significant experience in all aspects of business negotiation, legal and accounting disciplines.