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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!

  • One Tuesday each month, February through to November.
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What does it take to see a show that you’ve developed all the way through to on-air, when a thousand influences are pulling it off course? How do you pick your battles? Can you ever really know what the politics are behind a note or an instruction? And how far does reputation alone get you?

Three of Australia's significant producers of great television, with experience from network-side and production-side, Claire Tonkin (until recently Network Ten, now CJZ), Chloe Rickard (Jungle) and Jennifer Collins (ex ABC TV, now Screentime) discuss delivering a show from first concepts to broadcast. 

  • Jennifer Collins [EP & Head of Non-Fiction, Screentime]
  • Chloe Rickard [Head of Production & Partner, Jungle]
  • Claire Tonkin [Head of Drama Development, CJZ]
  • Andrew Garrick [MC]
Guest bios:

Jennifer Collins is one of Australia’s leading television executives with a career spanning 25 years. In her role as Head of Non Fiction at Screentime she brings a wealth of factual, comedy and entertainment production expertise. Screentime’s non-fiction slate currently includes the documentary series Stop Laughing...This Is Serious (ABC TV), Anh’s Brush With Fame (ABC TV), RBT (Nine Network), Testing Teachers (SBS), Undressed (SBS), and Murder Calls (Nine Network). 

Formerly at ABC TV she was responsible for hundreds of hours of TV and multi-platform content. As Head of Entertainment she oversaw a huge slate of highly acclaimed and successful shows including Dirty Laundry Live, Adam Hills Tonight, The Chaser Decides, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, The Agony Of Life, Gruen Planet, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting, Tractor Monkeys and Kitchen Cabinet. She commissioned the Digital Emmy award winning series #7 Days Later, and created the online comedy initiative Fresh Blood

As ABC TV’s Head of Factual, she was responsible for the development and commissioning of an impressive slate of award winning documentaries as well as factual entertainment series including The Checkout, Poh’s Kitchen, Who’s Been Sleeping In My House and Dream Build.

Chloe Rickard is one of Australia's most dynamic and innovative comedy producers. A Partner and Head of Production at Jungle, she has produced two seasons of Here Come the Habibs (Nine Network), No Activity (Stan's first original commission) and Soul Mates (ABC/NBC Universal), along with The Moodys, A Moody Christmas, Elegant Gentlemen's Guide to Knife Fighting and over 200 television commercials. She is currently developing the feature film The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women and the dramedy series Holy Cow, both funded by Screen Australia.

Chloe is a recipient of Screen Australia's Enterprise Growth program with the Van Vuuren Bros and recently gained her Masters of Screen Arts & Business from AFTRS, in which she was awarded the Foxtel New Media Innovation Prize and the Wake In Fright Prize for the best thesis. Chloe is a member of the Screen Tasmania Advisory Board, as appointed by the Minister for the Arts.

Claire Tonkin recently joined CJZ as Head of Drama Development. In her previous role as Network Ten’s Drama Executive, Claire helped oversee the development and production of dramas including Offspring, Puberty Blues, Rush, The Wrong Girl, Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms, Underground – The Julian Assange Story, Hawke, Secrets & Lies, Mr & Mrs Murder, A Model Daughter, Reef Doctors, Wonderland, Mary: The Making Of A Princess, Party Tricks and Brock. She was also the Network Executive Producer for Neighbours. An Australian Writers' Guild Award winner, Claire also received the 2009 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award from the International Emmy Foundation.

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, producing several pilots and shows for the ABC and teaches the Applied Storytelling course for AFTRS Open.

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