Marc Checkley

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Marc is a dynamic and highly-skilled host, public speaker, journalist and content creator from New Zealand, working between Geneva, London and Singapore. He brings passion, pizazz and broad experience to his work, along with a good dose of 'Kiwi charm'.

Marc has more than 16 years experience in the entertainment industry and has worked with numerous international broadcasters including, NBC Universal Networks, A+E Asia, Channel News Asia, Disney, TVNZ, Ch5 and Fox International Channels.

As a dynamic and experienced host, speaker and actor Marc brings energy, editorial nouse and humour to his work, be it on screen, at LIVE events, or corporate gigs. His high profile clients include World Gourmet Summit, Reed Midem, Jim Henson Foundation, Diageo, Krug, Dom Perignon, The National Book Council, Asian Television Forum, Sunny Side of the Doc and NZ Chamber of Commerce.

He is also an experienced character/narrative voice-artist and radio presenter. Previous projects/clients include OCBC Bank Singapore, Newstalk ZB Radio, Student Job Search New Zealand, ZooMoo International, Disney Asia and voicing multiple ‘bad guys’ in Season 1 and 2 of animated kids action series The Titans.

Along with his industry work, Marc is passionate about education. He has spoken at secondary schools and tertiary institutes on topics ranging from communication skills, to script writing, television development and journalism.

Marc is a certified wanderlust, foodie and a WSET qualified wine professional. He embarks on regular culinary adventures and has hosted a number of popular gourmand events. As a food/travel writer, Marc's articles and photographs have appeared in the South China Morning Post, Timeout, The Straits Times, Sunday Star Times, The China Daily and Travel Inc., to name a few.

Clients include Dom Perignon, World Gourmet Summit, Asian TV Forum, Jim Henson Foundation, New Zealand High Commission/Chamber of Commerce, Fox International Channels, Asian Festival of Children’s Content, TISCH NYU Asia, IMDA, Le Vigne Wines, various educational institutions

 

Keynote Speaker

Clients include: Asian TV Forum, National Book Council, Auckland University of Technology

Topics: television production/development, kids TV, arts/media education, New Zealand or Singapore/South East Asia business and entrepreneurs, storytelling, risk and passion

Conference Facilitator

Clients include: Asian TV Forum, Superpitch, Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Singapore International Film Festival, New Zealand High Commission, Auckland University of Technology, Beach House Pictures

Experience: editorial planning, organisation, hosting talent/guests, MC, moderating

After Dinner Speaker

Clients include: New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, World Gourmet Summit, Le Vigne Wines, BCM Korea, Student Job Search, TV Asia

Award Host

Clients include: Asian Television Awards, World Gourmet Summit, Fox International Channels, Singapore Polytechnic

 

What the Clients Say: 

“Marc’s knowledge of all things champagne and his skill at conveying this to our guests at the World Gourmet Summit made for an exceptional event for Dom Perignon.”

Rachel Tan Carrasco, Brand Manager, Prestige Champagnes, LVMH

“Marc is a natural host and presenter; with the perfect amount of exuberance, charm and confidence. Marc creatively contributed to the ideas for the evening’s rundown and on the night, he read the room extremely well, balancing formality with humour and spontaneity. I would be delighted to have him emcee future events.”

Michele Schofield, A+E Networks Asia.

"Marc was a fantastic emcee at our live runway event for the finale of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3. His energy is infectious and comedic timing unparalleled. I would have Marc emcee any event that requires getting a crowd warmed and keeping them there!

Sam Gollestani, Fox International Channels (Asia).

“Marc is one of the most passionate and professional people I have come across. The commitment that he has shown towards the NZCC events as emcee and event host is truly commendable. Marc hosted our Waitangi Day celebrations on 2015 and 2016 with great success, artfully engaging with the crowds as well with our Corporate Partners and special guests. Marc has a lot of experience and drive, which makes him stand out from the rest.”

Monica Portillo, Events Manager, New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Singapore.

"The energy of the audience can make or break a cooking demo because it can draw the best out of the chef's performance; and it takes a seasoned host to connect the audience with the chef. Marc, with his obvious love (and knowledge) of life, food and beverage, does this effortlessly, peppering the demo with nuggets of information and garnishing it with humour. It shows when host, chef and audience are all having a good time."

Willin Low, chef/founder Wild Rocket Restaurant.

"Marc knows how to work a crowd and makes sure everyone's having a great time. He's clear and easy to understand and adds his tongue-in-cheek jokes to keep the whole affair lively. Marc's sparkling wit, inclusiveness and knowledge makes him the go-to emcee for any occasion."

Lauren Bartlett, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

“Marc’s the glue that really makes for a fun event. Multi-dimensional and always engaging!”

Alvin Lee, founder Culinary

“Marc is a dynamic broadcast journalist and a superb creative individual whose knowledge of television and media is an asset to any industry event. The Superpitch and Showcase events he organised as part of Asian Television Forum are prime examples. Marc is also an excellent presenter, witty, with a magnetic stage presence.”

 Paul Robinson, broadcast professional.

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