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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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What does it take to keep an audience entertained these days, anyway?

With every form of TV seemingly getting bigger and bigger, the October TV Talks ponders: is there an end to how big entertainment TV will get, or is it an endless arms race as the ideas and budgets get bigger, the contraptions get larger, and the expectations get higher?

Three of the most accomplished TV producers in the business reveal the secrets that go into bringing giant shows like Ninja Warrior and Survivor to your lounge rooms, and cogitate on how much bigger things could get. Does everything need to be “Bigger than Ben Hur” or can we make our audiences happy with lower budget, smaller scale shows with great talent and a central winning idea?

In what's guaranteed to be a fascinating discussion, join the brilliant Julie Ward (EP, Australian Ninja Warrior), Amelia Fisk (EP, Australian Survivor) and Stephen Tate (Head of Entertainment and Factual Programming, Ten Network) as they get a polite interrogation from MC Andrew Garrick.



  • Amelia Fisk: Executive Producer – Survivor
  • Julie Ward: Executive Producer – Ninja Warrior
  • Stephen Tate: Head Entertainment & Factual, Ten Network
  • MC: Andrew Garrick

Guest Bios

Amelia Fisk

Amelia began her career in reality television in 2003 moving to London to work on the highly successful early series of Big Brother UK. Over three years living in London she continued to gain experience across the reality genre working in all departments from challenge, story and control room producing.

Returning home she started working for Crackerjack Productions and has since followed the Fennessy brothers as they moved to Fremantle Media and now Endemol Shine. Over the years Amelia has worked on a wide slate of reality programs including The Farmer Wants a Wife, The Apprentice and Junior Masterchef and then series producing numerous years on The Biggest Loser and Beauty and the Geek.

In recent years Amelia successfully transformed and executive produced Australia’s Next Top Model. She then went on to executive produce the first series of The Bachelorette with Sam Frost receiving a Logie nomination for its success. Her career highlight was taking on the grand daddy of reality TV; Survivor where she executive produced the Australian version for Network TEN in 2016 and 2017. One of the exciting young, up and coming executive producers, she also juggles being a mum to two small children.

Amelia is currently Executive Producer of Australian Survivor series 2 and Co-Executive Producer on the second series of Ninja Warrior.

Julie Ward

Julie is one of the most highly acclaimed program makers in Australia, and acknowledged the world over. With a career of successes, her most recent is the phenomenon of Australian Ninja Warrior. Before that it was The Voice and together, these two programmes have re-written the record books for free to air television audiences. Julie Is the EP of Ninja Warrior and in addition to The Voice she has also EP’d Australias Got Talent, Iron Chef Australia, Australia’s Next Top Model, So You Think You Can Dance and Wife Swap Australia.

Julie began her career as a Directors Assistant at Network Ten, before spending ten years at the Nine Network as  a Producer. Julie was then EP and head of Production at Foxtel from 1995 - 2000.‚Äč

She has numerous awards; Logies, AACTAs and has been regularly named among the most influential people in Australian Media. With a proven track record in large scale productions, a passion for technology and emerging platforms her company ZigZag is now creating original global content in the digital space.  

Stephen Tate

As Network Ten’s Head of Entertainment and Factual Programming Stephen Tate oversees Light Entertainment, Factual, Comedy, Variety and Music genres at TEN. Stephen has most recently executive produced some of TEN’s most popular franchises including Australian Survivor, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia and MasterChef Australia.

Throughout his career at TEN, Stephen has been responsible for executive producing a variety of programs for TEN including Australian Idol, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, The Circle, Big Brother and AACTA Awards.

A highly accomplished producer, director and writer, Stephen has produced many successful television series both here and abroad. His 20 years in television is as broad a spectrum of experience as is possible to achieve. From radio beginnings in Perth, to working with the biggest names in British entertainment - Sir David Frost, Cilla Black and Bruce Forsythe among them.

Stephen's first stint in television was an innovative documentary following a theatre tour of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Bali. He raised the finance, produced the play and production managed the resulting documentary.

Then London called and the prestigious halls of London Weekend Television where he cut his teeth on three of its highest rating shows - Surprise Surprise with Cilla Black, You Bet and Play Your Cards Right both with Bruce Forsythe.

Stephen was then approached by the BBC to develop and produce Good Fortune a unique show that returned lost money and dormant funds to unsuspecting viewers. The first show hosted by Sir David Frost went live and made history by surprising one family with a five million pound windfall. Tate then spent a year associate producing the second highest rating show in British television history, The National Lottery Live.

Returning to Australia in 1996 Tate immediately got back into the Aussie swing of things with Network Seven ratings winner Who Dares Wins, for which he wrote and directed 90 episodes.  Tate then series produced Outback Adventures with Troy Dann for Network Seven and Network Ten’s E! News in 1999 and Live This in 2000 before accepting his current role with Network Ten.

Andrew Garrick MC

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, and is currently an Executive Producer at the ABC, in the Entertainment Department. Andrew has helped develop, and produce many projects with leading independent production companies including Shine, Australia, Screentime, and Beyond Productions and has a long list of commercial producing and directing credits.

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