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Daizy Gedoen brings a wealth of pragmatic experience to both the overall strategic vision and creative capability of the film.
A journalist by trade with more than 17 years experience in Sydney, London and the Middle East for News Limited, Channel 4 News in London and MBC, Daizy’s also runs a very successful marketing agency, offering communication and media expertise to the films development and its objectives.
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