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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!

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Growing Australian TV comedy in an era of stripped reality, Netflix and the internet…

Australians believe they have a great sense of humour but if we're such knockabout larrikins who love a laugh where is all the Australian made comedy on our TV screens? Previous generations lapped up programs like The Mavis Bramston Show, Kingswood Country, Paul Hogan, Aunty Jack, The Comedy Company, Mother and Son, The Money or The Gun, D Generation, Fast Forward, Norman Gunston, Thank God You're Here and much more. With a few notable exceptions Australian made comedy has largely disappeared from our screens. Why did broadcast television's love affair with Aussie comedy hit the rocks and where are the makers of comedy finding an audience today? To help us understand that dilemma MC Tim Clucas will be joined by: Comedy legend Ted Robinson, whose CV includes The Big Gig, The Gillies Report, This Sporting Life and Good News Week. Producer/Director, Nathan Earl, with credits including The Chaser's War on Everything, Balls of Steel, The Checkout and Plonk and ABC Head of Content and Creative Development, Adrian Swift, whose remit covers all comedy on the National Broadcaster.


  • Adrian Swift: Head of Content and Creative Development, ABC TV
  • Ted Robinson: Producer/Director
  • Nathan Earl: TV Producer/Director


  • Tim Clucas

Guest Bios:

Adrian Swift has been hanging round The Media for far too long (his words, not ours). Adrian has tried his hand at everything from newspapers to television, terrestrial to multichannel, digital, social and even sitting on boards. In 2014 he decided to tinker at the ABC and took up the role of Head of Content and Creative Development at the ABC where he leads the team of Content Heads in developing and commissioning content across all genres.
In his previous role as Director of Development and Digital at Nine, Adrian led the network’s integrated digital content strategy and had the good fortune to oversee highly successful series such as The Voice, Big Brother and Celebrity Apprentice. He returned to Nine after a 12 year stint in the UK where he worked for Endemol, Mirror Newspapers and founded etv, the UK's top branded media, production and strategy company. Prior to working in the UK, Adrian spent many years in both commercial and public television in Australia including two stints at SBS, and many years as both a presenter and producer before joining Getaway as its founding producer.

Ted Robinson is a Producer/Director, Writer and Script Editor.  Ted initially trained as a dancer in Melbourne and went on to graduate through Circus, Film, Radio, Theatre, Revue, Arena Productions and Television.
He is probably best known for his production and/or direction of satirical TV series which span more than three decades and includes such pop culture icons as The Gillies Report, The Big, Gig DAAS  Kapital, The Dingo Principle, The Glass House, The Sideshow and Good News Week.

Ted spent four years at the ABC as the Commissioning Editor for Comedy during which time he Executive Produced a raft of production including The Big Gig, Money or the Gun, Live and Sweaty, This Sporting Life, Debates, The Late Show et al.
He also worked as a writer for many international acts including Peter Allen, Danny La Rue and Bette Midler.

Ted has a long involvement with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and produces, for television, their Galas, Debates and other special events. He is currently involved in the production of Good News Week and a new TV drama – comedy series Die On Your Feet, starring Adam Hills, Alan Brough, Corinne Grant, Greg Fleet and Stephen Gates - which he also directed.
He has a number of comedy/drama projects in development through GNWTV.

Nathan Earl, after graduating from AFTRS in 2005, AFI, Directors Guild and Emmy nominated Producer/Director Nathan has worked extensively in the Australian television industry, across a range of genres.
He has both produced, directed and written for many successful television programs including The Chaser’s War on Everything, Review With Myles Barlow, The 7:30 Report, Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure, Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight, The New Inventors, Balls of Steel, Wanted, The Checkout and was Senior Director on the Andrew Denton produced Hungry Beast.

Nathan has also worked for a number of established advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett and Clemenger BBDO producing TVC’s for the likes of Malibu, Connex, The Commonwealth Bank, 7Eleven, the ARU, Citibank and Dulux.

In 2011 he served as Showrunner, Writer & Director on the award winning 21 part web series The Great Crusade, which took out Gold and Bronze Lion honours at this years Cannes Lions awards.

Nathan also served as Creator, Showrunner, Writer and Director on the comedy series Plonk. Which screened on Channel 10, Channel Eleven, Australia Network, Qantas, and online. He has just completed work on Plonk series 2 which will air across the Nine Network, including streaming service STAN. 

Tim Clucas’ (MC) immense television experience has been gained from all sectors of the industry – in Australia and internationally, in production and development, both with broadcasters and independent producers.
Launching his career as a newspaper journalist before moving into television in the 1970s, Tim’s greatest successes have been in developing, producing and managing the production of reality, lifestyle, light entertainment and information-based programs. That career has seen him sit on both sides of the TV fence, working with networks and independent production companies including Network Ten, FremantleMedia Australia (FMA), Beyond Productions, and the Nine Network.
His most recent full-time role was with FMA as Director of Programming, where he was responsible for many exciting television formats that have struck a chord with Australian viewers. That diverse production slate included The X Factor, Celebrity Apprentice, Australia’s Got Talent, The Farmer Wants a Wife, Grand Designs Australia, Project Runway and Recipe to Riches. Tim is now a freelance TV Consultant.

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