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AFTRS' TV Talks AFTRS' TV Talks - dedicated TV industry panel discussions


TV TALKS is an opportunity to watch, listen and laugh along with a panel of engaging TV industry guests who talk about TV 'stuff' for TV 'people' complemented with some good, old-fashioned networking afterwards!

  • One Tuesday each month, February through to November.
  • All welcome - however places are limited and RSVP via Eventbrite is essential
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Few people get into TV for the money. They want to tell stories, excite audiences and maybe make a buck along the way. The reality is though that to make the pictures you gotta make the green. What is it like to balance the two, and how do you not be a "sell out" along the way? TV Talks is excited to hear from 3 brilliant broadcast producers who constantly create original works, and do so without relying on international "formats". Is that a business model they enjoy? None of these three are minnows, but what's it like in the pond when big fish like Endemol Shine and Fremantle are competing to get the broadcast hours?


  • Penny Chapman: Producer/Principal - Matchbox Pictures
  • Matt Campbell: CEO - CJZ
  • Donna Andrews: CEO/Partner - Sticky Pictures
  • MC: Andrew Garrick

Guest bios

PENNY CHAPMAN is a principal of Matchbox Pictures and a foundingpartner. Penny is one of Australia’s most experienced television producers. Herrecent productions are Devil’s Playground and Deadline Gallipoli (Foxtel). Other productions include The Straits (ABC 2012),The Slap (ABC 2011, executive producer), the children’s drama series My Place (ABC 2010 and 2011), RAN Remote Area Nurse (SBS 2005), The Cooks (Network Ten 2004), Temptation (Network Ten 2003) and The Road From Coorain (ABC 2001).

Penny’s documentary productions include Sex An Unnatural History (SBS 2011, executive producer), Leaky Boat (ABC 2011), Darwin’s Lost Paradise (SBS,2009), Rampant: How A City Stopped A Plague (ABC, 2008) and The Track (ABC, 2000). During the 1990s Penny was Head of TV Drama, then Head of Television at the ABC. During this time she executive produced many dramas including the multi-award winning Brides Of Christ, which she devised, The Leaving Of Liverpool and Blue Murder. In 2010 Penny was awarded the inaugural IF Award for Contribution to the Television Industry and in 2013 Penny won the Screen Producers Australia Maura Fay Award for Services to the industry.

MATT CAMPBELL is currently CEO and share holder at CJZ, Australia’s largest independently owned production company. Matt is across all business and development for the group including the oversight of the NZ arm Greenstone TV. CJZ produces hits such as Gruen, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, House of Bond, Bondi Rescue, Highway Patrol, The EX PM, The Checkout, Go Back to Where You Came From, Demolition Man and a host of others. Prior to CJZ he was Managing Director of Shine Australia. 

On the network side Matt spent 7 1/2 years at SBS Television, the first 2 as Network Programmer and then Executive Director of Content across Television and Online. He was responsible for the transformation of SBS’s creative output and earned multiple domestic andinternational awards for the network during his tenure.

Prior to SBS he spent 20 years in France primarily as a ski instructor before creating Wallaroos Productions & Distribution in 1993 and wassuccessful (despite himself) in creating a strong audio visual alliance between Australia and France.

DONNA ANDREWS has over 25 years’ experience in television broadcasting and production including senior management positions at Network Ten, ABCTV, Nickelodeon and Channel [V]. Donna moved from broadcasting into independent television production and is a founding partner and the CEO of Sticky Pictures Pty Ltd. Sticky Pictures is an independent, creative-driven Australian production company specialising in comedy. 

Donna has produced / executive produced over 700 hours of television targeted at children, youth and prime time audiences. Donna has extensive experience in all areas of the Television industry including creating and developing content, commissioning content, producing programs, raising offinance, and international distribution.  

Donna’s most recent credits include “Ronny Chieng: International Student” (in post production, for ABC TV and Comedy Central US), Skit Box’s “Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am”, “Winston Steinburger & Sir Dudley Ding Dong” and “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane”. Sticky Pictures television productions have sold to more than 100 countries.

Andrew Garrick: MC

Andrew Garrick has written, produced and directed major TV projects for all the free to air channels as well as for MTV and BBC Worldwide. Andrew’s developed shows with leading independent production companies including Shine, Fremantle Australia, Screentime, and Beyond Productions and has a long list of commercial producing and directing credits. He’s currently writing and producing several pilots and shows for the ABC and teaches the Applied Storytelling course for AFTRS Open.

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