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Jenny Cooney
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Career Info

Primary Industry:
Media / Journalism
Personal Career Headline:
Aussie journalist, Hollywood Foreign Press Association member, Golden Globe voter, consultant and moderator.

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Career Snapshot:

Jenny graduated from Star of the Sea in 1980 and got her B.A. in Journalism at RMIT. While writing for TV Week magazine, she was assigned the task of handling irrepressible comedian Phyllis Diller in town for the TV Week Logie Awards. The pair clicked, and six months later, Phyllis moved Jenny to Hollywood to be her executive assistant. After two years of travelling the country with Phyllis and meeting everyone from Lucille Ball to Bob Hope, Jenny returned to her first love, journalism, and became a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, also becoming head of the TV committee for the group that hands out the Golden Globes and working on the seating team for the event every year. She’s been on the streets of New York with Woody Allen, watched Daniel Craig as James Bond on the Mexican set of Spectre, sung with Hugh Jackman, interviewed her screen idols Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and visited the set of iconic TV shows all over the globe, from; Lost in Hawaii, Downtown Abbey and The Crown in London and Outlander in Scotland. As well as talent consulting for Gday USA, Screen Australia and the L.A.-based non-profit Australians in Film, Jenny also hosts the popular podcast series Aussies in Hollywood, available on Podcast One Australia and iTunes, featuring her down-to-earth interviews with top Aussie stars including: Paul Hogan, Simon Baker, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Toni Collette, Ben Mendelsohn and fellow Star of the Sea alumni Rachel Griffiths.

Native AdMission Statement (AKA Personal Brand Pitch):

I am an Aussie journalist, Hollywood Foreign Press Association member, Golden Globe voter, consultant and moderator. Check out my Podcast One series Aussies in Hollywood featuring my intimate interviews with friends including Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Ben Mendelsohn and Toni Collette. Nicole Kidman has called me the Godmother’ to Aussie stars and as well as being a founding board member of non-profit Australians in Film, I also write profile stories for the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald newspaper you can find on

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My Daily Thoughts:

Goal of the Day: Be Kind

Thought of the Day: Fortune Favors the Bold

Action of the Day: Breathe

Deed of the Day: Make someone laugh

Tip of the Day: You can do it.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

L.A. is stimulating, crazy and exhilarating except when stuck in traffic.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Early Grey tea and Starbucks Chai Latte, not a coffee drinker so a little caffeine goes a long way!

What should everyone try at least once?

Visiting Australia!

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How did you get into the industry?

Such a long story but you can listen to my journey on Episode 2 of the Aussie Spotlight podcast

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What are my aspirations? 

I’d love to expand my consulting and moderating business, available for corporate and entertainment events to get the best out of every Q&A or panel. Would alos love to spread the word about my Aussies in Hollywood podcast and launch new podcasts to reach bigger audiences!

My Biggest Success?

My podcast Aussies in Hollywood, personally and professionally the summation of highlights of my life!

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