TV Presenter / Media Personality / Entertainment & Events Reporter / Brand Ambassador / Social Media Presenter
Known as Mr Hollywood in Oz, charismatic media personality Damien Anthony Rossi has show business in his blood – he was raised in a showbiz family in Tinseltown before moving to Brisbane in the early 1990s as a film and television Casting Director and establishing Rossi Casting Group. Many now famous Australian actors and identities including Miranda Kerr, Gyton Grantley, Josh Lawson, Lincoln Lewis and The Veronicas have passed through his casting studio doors.
Damien eventually sold his casting company to focus on his career as a TV presenter, entertainment and events reporter and other media interests. In 2009, Damien was approached to join Queensland’s most-read newspaper, The Sunday Mail, as a contributor that led to him to become the Socials Editor, covering the state’s biggest and best events for the publication’s iconic social pages.
In 2014 Damien joined the cast of Channel 7’s popular lifestyle program The Great Day Out (formerly The Great South East). As the show’s resident ‘entertainment and events guru’, Damien reports on all things entertainment in South East Queensland.
His larger-than-life personality and quick wit make Damien one of Brisbane’s most sought-after comperes regularly emceeing events with a Hollywood theme or fashion focus. Damien has hosted everything from the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Townsville and the Channel 7 Brisbane Racing Carnival Fashions on the Field competition to the glamorous annual Gambaro Moet & Chandon Ball and Aria’s celebrated annual Melbourne Cup Event.
DAR, as he is known by many, has been a longtime Brand Ambassador for high-end luxury brands Oscar Oscar Salons and the Wil Valor bespoke menswear label. Notably, in 2018 Damien became The Star Entertainment Group’s first-ever Ambassador in Queensland joining an elite group of celebrities who have served as Ambassadors for The Star including Richard Wilkins, Jennifer Hawkins, Daniel MacPherson and Ian Thorpe. The Star Entertainment Group are the owners and operators of Treasury Brisbane (Casino & Hotel), The Star Gold Coast and The Star Sydney.
In addition, Damien has served as an Ambassador for numerous high-profile annual festivals and events over the years including the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival (as Brisbane Racing Club’s inaugural Fashion Ambassador), Brisbane Festival, Noosa Long Weekend Festival, Effervescence Champagne Festival and the Mackay Beach Horse Racing Festival. Amongst other ambassadorships in 2018, Damien returns to the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival as well as the NOOSA alive! Festival (formerly Noosa Long Weekend Festival).
Damien is also a popular Social Media Presenter providing live streaming coverage of high-profile and red carpet events as well as exclusive celebrity interviews broadcast on social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram, reaching an online audience of thousands. In 2017, Damien served as the Brisbane International Film festival’s guest reporter interviewing a host of Australian and international actors, directors and filmmakers broadcast on various social media platforms.
Damien also knows how to throw a party, having hosted for 20 years his own now-iconic annual Academy Awards Night charity event – Rossi’s Oscars, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars for cancer charities and cancer research over the last two decades.