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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!

  • First Tuesday of the month, February through to November.
  • All welcome - however places are limited and RSVP is essential
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It’s a golden era for television drama in Australia.  Think Wentworth, Devil’s Playground, Wanted, Glitch, Secret River, The Principal, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, House of Hancock - among many others.
And what do those dramas have in common?  All had women as their driving creative force – either as producers or broadcaster commissioners.
In the traditionally male-heavy television industry echelons, drama is the genre which seems to bust the mould and, at November’s TV Talks, we’ll get to meet three of Australian’s leading Drama Queens.  We’ll talk about their shows, about what they have brought to the industry creatively and hear some women’s intuition on the way ahead for one of television’s major success stories.


  • Sue Masters: Executive Producer, SBS Drama
  • Jo Porter: Director of Drama, Fremantle Media
  • Penny Win:  Head of Drama, Foxtel


  • Denise Eriksen

Guest Bios

Sue Masters is one of Australia’s most acclaimed producers and executive producers and has won all Australia’s film and television awards as well as a multiplicity of international honours. She has been Head of Drama for ABC TV and was responsible for several series of Seachange, Something in the Air, Grass Roots and Changi during the 1990s, and in 2000 to 2009 was Head of Drama for Network Ten during the production of Secret Life of Us, White Collar Blue, Mary Bryant, Tripping Over and many high end mini-series and series.

Most recently Sue has Executive Produced Serangoon Road, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Secret River for the ABC, and in 2010 Executive Produced The Circuit Series 2 for SBS.

Before producing Prisoner, Brides of Christ, Paper Man, and multiple seasons of G.P which she created, Sue was a writer on the US series The Loveboat after a Specialist Traineeship at the BBC. As a writer, script and story editor, Sue has worked on hundreds of hours of Australia’s finest dramas and in 2011 wrote and produced the award winning documentary feature, Fighting Fear. Sue joined SBS as Executive Producer for Drama in August 2014 on a part time basis. Her first drama for SBS The Principal, aired in October 2015, with Benjamin Law’s funny drama The Family Law to TX in January 2016.

Jo Porter is FremantleMedia Australia’s Director of Drama and has lead the establishment of its Drama team.  Porter, a multi-award winning producer, is currently focused on developing a range of returning and stand-alone drama series. Series one of Wentworth, a reimagining of the Prisoner series, set new records when it premiered in 2013; achieving the highest ever ratings for a drama series on Foxtel and is the highest rating Australian show on UK primetime since 2002. Wentworth has sold to over 80 territories and being remade in 2 other languages and counting. It has also received great critical acclaim and many industry awards. Porter created and executive produced Wonderland, for Network Ten. The launch episode of Wonderland was the highest premiere for a new series on Ten during 2013. Currently she is in production on a tele-movie for Network Ten, based on Princess Mary of Denmark, Wentworth series 4 and continues at the helm of iconic drama Neighbours. Prior to her time with FMA, she produced five drama series for the Seven Network, including All Saints, Always Greener and Packed to the Rafters.

Penny Win started her media career in radio in New Zealand. She went on to work in television in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong and is experienced in both Free to Air and Pay TV. Penny came to Foxtel in 1996 after working at Star TV in Hong Kong and managed the running of Foxtel’s drama channels from 2007 -2014. Penny has been involved in the commissioning of drama for the past four years and worked on the commissioning of Spirited, Wentworth, Devil’s Playground, Deadline Gallipoli and The Kettering Incident for Foxtel. She was appointed Head of Drama in 2014.

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