Who We Are.
NIXCo is a global arts and entertainment consultancy specialising in strategic public relations and marketing.
Led by company director Fiona Nix, the team at NIXCo are skilled and dedicated PR and marketing professionals that deliver strategic, results-driven communications solutions for a wide range of clients such as Australian and international film and TV creators, screen businesses and world-renowned cultural events.
Fiona Nix - Company Director
Fiona Nix has over 25 years’ experience in the entertainment and arts industry as a consultant, publicist and company director of NIXCo, which she established in 1998. She is a passionate supporter of the Australian film industry, devoting her time to providing strategic guidance to international and local film productions, emerging and established filmmakers, screen businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
Fiona is on the Board of Directors of TROPFEST, the world’s largest short film festival; and a committee member of The Natalie Miller Fellowship, a not-for-profit organisation that was established to recognise, nurture and inspire the next generation of female leaders in the Australian screen community.
Libby Rhys-Jones - Executive Director
With over 30 years' experience in marketing and film distribution, Libby has lead the marketing teams at Roadshow Films and, for the last 10 years, at Sony Pictures Releasing. She presently runs her own marketing and training consultancy, whilst holding the role of Executive Director at NIXCo.
Regarded as an executive that continues to look for ground-breaking concepts to break out from the pack, she is respected in Australia and internationally for her experience in reading the marketplace, knowing competition and working strategies to create break out campaigns. She has been responsible for the marketing and PR of some of the biggest box office successes in Australia, including local productions from Muriel's Wedding and Rabbit Proof Fence, to international blockbusters including re-launching the Bond film franchise with Daniel Craig, as well as break-out comedies, family favourites and even controversial films like The Passion of the Christ.
Libby has sat on many industry boards, including the NSW Film & Television office and is regularly requested to debate industry issues and share experience with media forums and film educational groups.
Courtney Mayhew - Communications Director
Courtney’s career spans across film marketing and publicity, from production through to theatrical and home release. From organising large scale premieres and media events to social and digital strategies, to consulting with filmmakers and talent, her skills cover a wide range of areas within the industry.
Beginning her career in the industry managing staff at a local cinema in New Zealand while at university, Courtney then went on to work for Paramount Pictures NZ, also distributing films from Universal Pictures, Transmission Films, Marvel Studios and DreamWorks Animation. Courtney worked across films such as The Kings Speech, Despicable Me, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom and movies from the Star Trek, Shrek, Marvel Universe and Transformers franchises. She also worked at STUDIOCANAL Australia and has since developed a passion for unit publicity, working on films such as Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.
When not publicising them, Courtney’s hobbies include incessantly watching and talking about films and having her dulcet Kiwi accent regularly mimicked unsuccessfully by co-workers/anyone who isn’t from New Zealand.
Harriet Dixon-Smith - Senior Communications Manager
Harriet Dixon-Smith is a communications professional with over eight years’ experience in entertainment public relations in Australia and the United States. Previously, she worked for Roadshow Films, ID-PR, PMK*BNC, CBS Television and Hulu. She holds an M.A. in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California.
Harriet has a passion for working on Australian films in particular and has been proud to contribute to the release of films such as Jasper Jones, Red Dog: True Blue, The Daughter, Oddball, Snowtown and Animal Kingdom. She's also managed publicity tours for some of the world's biggest stars including Channing Tatum for Magic Mike XXL, Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell for The Hateful Eight, Chris Hemsworth for In the Heart of the Sea and Ben Mendelsohn for Una.
Courtney Bell - Communications Manager
With previous PR experience in music, events and social media, Courtney has risen through the ranks at NIXCo working on clients such as Sculpture by the Sea, St.George OpenAir Cinema and various Madman titles, instilling her love for arthouse films.
Courtney is an avid media consumer, with an obsession in home interior, pop culture and motown records.
Anne Ueki - Communications Coordinator
With a BA in Media and a background in food and lifestyle writing, Anne has now landed in the world of PR. In and out of the office she’s passionate about anything relating to film, Japan, kitsch, keeping her house plants alive and cooking.
"Without question, the finest unit publicity team in Australia/New Zealand is NIXCo. They are a world class group; on Hacksaw Ridge NIXCo handled our publicity on a difficult movie and generated all the behind the scenes assets that were needed once it came time for release. I would hire them for any movie I make in that part of the world and even on ones I do closer to home."
- Bill Mechanic, CEO of Pandemonium Films and former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment
"Fiona Nix is hands down my longest-standing and closest confidant in the Australia film industry, including in her critical role as Deputy Chair on the TROPFEST Board. Fiona is a true veteran who is known and admired by anyone and everyone working in film and TV. Her company NIXCo has been my PR agency of choice for almost 20 years. Fiona and her incredible team are as good as it gets."
- John Polson, Founder and Chairman of TROPFEST