team and history

bgb began life in 1996 when it was then known as BiG GiG.

BiG GiG’s core expertise was event driven, from producing conferences across Australia and internationally, product launches, roadshows, design and production of exhibition stands and bespoke one-off events.

BiG GiG evolved into brandlove, a full-service experiential agency that created and produced inspiring and creative live brand experiences and communications.

bgb is built upon the strong foundations of both BiG GiG and brandlove to offer powerful customer experiences across a number of critical customer touchpoints.

our team

The beating hearts focussed on customer love

Angelina Hasouros

Creative Director & Founder

Angelina began her career in television and feature films as a Production Assistant, working throughout Australia and worldwide and affectionately known as “the world’s fastest production runner”. From these creative beginnings, Angelina moved into mainstream advertising with the highly acclaimed agency Mojo.  As a natural extension of her production skills, highly honed design aesthetic and unique creative vision, she moved into the corporate events area where she produced and directed shows in Australia and offshore.

In 1996 Angelina founded BiG GiG, an event agency which specialised in events, conferences, product and brand launches, roadshows, exhibitions and creative solutions. Over the 18 years of its existence, the agency services have evolved to become a leader in creating and producing live experiences that create strategic opportunities for brands and organisations to build genuine relationships with the people that matter most.

With a dream client list including Peugeot Concessionaires, Hewlett Packard, Sony Australia, Microsoft, Coca Cola Amatil, Lion Nathan, NRMA Insurance and Kimberly-Clark Australia, it is clear that Angelina has an innate quality to empower people and organisations to significantly increase their performance capabilities. Her ‘can do’ attitude is the stuff of legend. She lives and breathes creativity and looks forward to producing Australian theatre before she departs the universe.

Angelina’s love of providing memorable experiences extends itself to her personal life, with her hosting prowess and dinner parties being etched in the minds of guests for years to come. Past and present staff and clients can also vividly attest to her culinary wizardry.

Angelina is a devoted mother to 2 young children, with story-time greatly enhanced by her many celebrated accents.

Ideal Last Supper

Start with Ciroc Vodka Martinis followed by chilled glasses of KRUG Grand Cuvee

Classic Northern Italian Antipasto – bruschetta, cured meats, French & Italian cheeses, calamari fritti, seared scallops, char grilled eggplant, colourful grilled peppers & a selection of olives.

Rock Lobster Mornay with a bowl of extra sauce on the side, served with a mesclun salad, lightly dressed in vinaigrette. Mornay to be made with the perfect balance of gruyere & reggiano parmigiano . Accompanied with a glass of Chardonnay from the HESS Collection, Napa Valley then…. more KRUG.

Next, French lemon tart with raspberries, vanilla bean ice-cream and lightly whipped cream on the side.
Close with a macchiato and 2 shot glasses of digestivo fernet branca.

Xanthi Kouvatas

Customer Love Director

Xanthi has 20+ years’ experience strategically challenging, nurturing and growing some of the world’s biggest brands. Her career spans marketing and business leadership roles at Microsoft, Lion Nathan, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever and Roses Only Group.  She has a Bachelor of Commerce ( Finance and Marketing ) from the University of NSW.

Xanthi’s success has been built upon being obsessed with understanding her brands and their interactions and relationships with their respective constituents. She is fervently focussed on improving value and relevance to both customers and shareholders. She has led countless, multi-channel campaigns – both big budget and value focussed – utilising all elements of the marketing discipline. There are many elements of her career to date of which Xanthi is proud, but a particular highlight is being flown to the United States to have dinner with Bill Gates in recognition of her work on the Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007 launches.

Xanthi is fervently motivated to empower individuals for success and has a particular passion for microfinance, which led to her in 2008 spending a year in Vietnam working in the field of microfinance with Kiva, the world’s largest online microfinance organisation.

In early 2013 Xanthi was chosen to be part of the The Hunger Project and Business Chicks Leadership Immersion Programme.  This entailed her travelling to Uganda to see firsthand the work of The Hunger Project. She joined The Hunger Project NSW Development Board in February 2014.

Xanthi is also an active committee member and volunteer for Dress For Success, an organisation dedicated to improving the employability of women by increasing confidence and restoring dignity.

Ideal Last Supper

To commence, big, fat juicy scallops pan seared in burnt butter.

Then a whole suckling pig and the legendary Perama pork belly baklava accompanied with my mum’s homemade filo and cheese pie and a side of braised eggplant.

The final temptation of a scoop of every Gelato Messina flavour and fresh figs. For libation Bollinger Grande Annee, Henschke Hill Of Grace and Chateau Yquem.

Scott Xavier Higgins

Head Writer & Director

Scott has extensive writing and directing experience in every medium,  underpinned by a strong creative and educational background in Acting Method Psychology, scriptwriting and copywriting. He has degrees in Arts and Law from Sydney University and is a full member of the Australian Writer’s Guild.

Scott has won numerous awards including three Australian Writers’ Guild Awgie Awards (plus seven nominations), Gold and Bronze medals at the New York Film Festival in education and training, a Silver Medal at the Chicago Video Festival, and various ITVA awards in corporate communications. His 2007 documentary “Kokoda With Heart” has now been seen by over two million people, and in the same year a show he wrote and directed won the ultimate international award for live events – the IABC Gold Quill Excellence Award, presented in New York City.

Scott’s recent documentary on depression “Resilience@Law” is being hailed as a breakthrough in understanding the pressures and hidden illnesses of the legal profession and has been purchased by five international law firms. 2013 saw him writing and directing “75 Years of Diabetes in Australia” a long form documentary published online by the Australian Diabetes Council, which has already had 40,000+ viewings.

Ideal Last Supper

Ox heart tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella & basil accompanied with ricotta gnocchi with garlic, white anchovies, braised peppers, olives, reggiano & capers

Tiramisu with savoiardi, 85% dark chocolate and Vin Santo del Chianti 2000 by Castello del Meleto.

Wine- Cosme Palacio D.O. Rioja 2005 Tinto Reserva.

Caterina Pellegrini

Senior Account Manager

Cat moved to Sydney from Bella Italia 5 years ago. After graduating with a Master of International Business at The University of Sydney Business School she joined Australia’s leading fashion online retail THE ICONIC.

Cat’s primary role and responsibility was to lead, launch and execute National brand campaigns, maintain strategic partnerships and develop marketing activations. Her skills in managing communications between internal and external stakeholders whilst overseeing crucial project timelines made her the perfect candidate to join bgb in 2015 as Account Manager.

Cat lives by the beach in Bondi, eats cheese for breakfast, peanut butter by the spoonful for lunch and can be spotted riding her beloved grey Vespa enroute to bgb each day.

Ideal Last Supper

Start with a European cheese platter – Fromage d’Affinois brie, St Agur blue cheese, Manchego goat cheese, Parmiggiano Reggiano with figs jam and honey on the side, lavosh biscuits and freshly baked pane della casa

Next, spiced pumpkin soup with soft goat cheese and Italian herbs

Followed by, sourdough bread with avocado, feta, spring onion and cherry tomato topped with olive oil

For dessert, Mini ricotta cakes with Nutella
Everything accompanied by a bottle of Roggiano 2010 Morellino di Scansano

Claire Graham

Producer

With over ten years within the industry, Claire has been involved in delivering a variety of Google projects including YouTube FanFest, Google CMO Bootcamp, Google and YouTube Christmas Party and Google Mardi Gras. Additionally, she has been instrumental in executing large-scale events such as Taste Festivals Australia, Smooth Festival of Chocolate and Rock Against Racism.

Claire is an ambitious, hard-working and self-motivated individual with a proven track record of exceptional project delivery. With a wealth of experience within events and brand management, Claire always aims to exceed her client’s expectations on every element of a project.

Ideal Last Supper

Start with a glass of Mionetto Prosecco Cartizze​

Country style homemade chicken liver parfait with pickles and grilled continental brioche bread

Sunday Roast with all the trimmings – Dry aged Roast Beef served with roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli, gruyere cauliflower cheese, mashed potato, honeyed carrots, baked sweet potato & steamed green beans and of course a huge Yorkshire pudding with lashings of gravy accompanied with a large chilled glass or two of Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé

The Ultimate Cheese Board – with a selection of Gorgonzola Dolcelatte, Taleggio, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Manchego, San Simon and Cabra Pimento served with marinated olives, chili peanuts, quince paste and plenty of Scottish oat cakes.

Jo Bursill

Producer

Jo is a fully qualified Interior Designer and Makeup Artist.  Jo has worked with bgb for the past 5 years as a producer on events for clients such as Kimberly-Clark, NRMA, Coca Cola, The Executive Connection and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

In addition to her work with bgb, Jo works with MAC Cosmetics, at Channel 9 and on ‘60 Minutes’.

Jo appeared as a contestant in the Channel 9 series ‘Top Design’ hosted by Jamie Durie.

Ideal Last Supper

Commence straight up with a New York cheesecake, follow with homemade pumpkin soup and conclude with lasagne.