About Ade

ade-kateAde Djajamihardja has been a Screen Media Professional for nearly thirty years, at both National and International level.

Ade’s professional career began in 1988, when he worked as Floor Manager for the ABCTV’s News at just 19 years of age.

His professional career then progressed to Assistant Director positions with ABC's Light Entertainment, Comedy and Drama Units for such iconic Australian programs as: "Countdown Revolution”, “The Big Gig", "DAAS KAPITAL, "The Late Show" and "Phoenix”.

Overseas expatriate tenures then followed in Singapore and Malaysia where he co-produced the biggest historical epic film in Malaysia's history “Puteri Gunung Ledang” aka “A Legendary Love”, which was also the first film from Malaysia to be short-listed to be considered for Oscar nomination.

Ade, with wife and primary carer, Kate Stephens, own and run A2K Media, which they formed in 2007.

A2K Media specializes in media collaborations with Asia- - and beyond.

It was during this era of Ade’s life that he co-created and executive produced both Indonesian Film Education Screenings and the Australian Malaysian Film Festival.

He also co-produced the Indonesian feature film “Kambing Jantan” (Male Goat) and was one of the producers for GNW TV’s “Salam Café”, which was a pioneering comedy panel talk show that screened on SBS; based on life within Australia’s Muslim community.

 

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As life's twists would have it...

Ade joined the board of the not-for-profit organisation, Disability Media Australia, just three days prior to suffering a massive brain hemorrhage stroke.

Due to this stroke, Ade required emergency life-saving brain surgery under an induced coma, seven months in hospital, learning how to sit upright, feed himself, then learning how to read and speak clearly and coherently. He was not expected to survive.

He is now in the process of learning to walk (and hopefully dance) again! Ade is looking forward to making a substantial contribution to advance the rights, inclusion and increased visibility of people with disabilities in the media, by sharing their stories and their talent.

Ade together with his wife Kate, has written his first book, The Little Book of Hope for Stroke Survivors, Care Givers and Anyone Else Going Through a Really Shit Time.

Ade’s wish is that this book will inspire, motivate and give hope to stroke survivors and care givers as well as anyone else who may be struggling.

This book aims and encourage others to respond positively to life’s adversities and also hopefully heed as a warning to many, so that they will stop and count their blessings, prioritize their life, so that a major health disaster is prevented and a balanced happy life prevails.

Ade is currently studying the Master of Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School).

A second book is due to be published by Affirm Press in May 2016.

This is a extension and expansion of his first book.

Ade Djajamihardja and Kate Stephens holding the Best-Seller award.

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