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Checking out any TV guide these days to find a serious take on factual content and you might struggle to find something to your taste.  Sure, serious subjects are still being covered – but they’re likely to be cloaked in a “reality” wrapper, designed to grab the biggest audiences. 

Shows like Gold Coast Medical, Border Security, What Really Happens in Thailand, The Embassy, Kings Cross ER, Go Back to Where You Came From, Restoration Australia, First Contact and Struggle Street all cover territory previously occupied by more traditional documentary makers. But does it even matter?  In a world where fast entertainment is king, why shouldn’t we get our factual content in the same way?

To discuss this with MC Denise Eriksen, and tell us about themselves and what’s happening in their factual worlds, we welcome Joseph Maxwell, Commissioning Editor at SBS who has Kebab Kings and Black Panther Woman coming up next month, Kylie Washington, Director of Unscripted at Matchbox Pictures who is currently working on Real Housewives of Melbourne and Lyndal Marks, EP of Factual Programming at the Seven Network who is responsible for programs including Border Security and The Force.


  • Joseph Maxwell:  Commissioning Editor, History and Science, SBS
  • Kylie Washington: Director, Unscripted Matchbox Pictures
  • Lyndal Marks: Executive Producer, Factual Programming, Seven Network


  • Denise Eriksen

Guest Bios

Prior to his role as Commissioning Editor for SBS Australia, Joseph Maxwell developed, directed and produced high-end, prime-time documentaries for many of the major broadcasters in Britain and America. Joseph also set up and ran his own production company. He started as Commissioning Editor of Documentaries for SBS in January 2012, overseeing Science and History documentaries including Who Do You think You Are and the recent series on Uranium.  

Kylie Washington has produced 100's of hours of broadcast television over the last 15years. Kylie's entertainment credits have included international award winning program's such as Amazing Race Australia (International Emmy 2012), Amazing Race Asia (AXN, Best Reality  Asian Television Awards), Big Brother (Ch 10), I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (ITV), Prank Patrol (ABC and CBBC, Logie Nominated 2011) and Cash Cab (AXN, Best Adaption Asia Television Awards). From a foundation in independent documentary and short drama directing, her award winning documentaries and short films have been screened nationally and internationally.
In 2012 Kylie joined Matchbox Pictures as the Director of Unscripted Content. She is responsible for the development and production of a diverse slate of original and formatted entertainment programs, including the adaptation of NBCUniversal's content for the Australian market . Her original format, Formal Wars was commissioned by Network 7 and has been sold to several territories around the world.
Kylie is the Executive Producer of The Real Housewives of Melbourne which delivered the largest audience ever for a Foxtel reality program. Series three is now in production.

Lyndal Marks is currently the Executive Producer of Border Security (which she’s worked on since it began) as well as The Force, Beach Cops, Surveillance and Dash Cams. Lyndal is also Executive in Charge of titles including Highway Patrol, What Really Happens in Thailand and Air Rescue and has four new shows in development.

Her began her career at 60 Minutes as a researcher, before working as a producer working on award winning stories and investigations. Lyndal worked overseas for CBS 60 Minutes in London as the producer for Morley Safer and as the European producer/reporter for FOX TELEVISION.

After moving to New York she joined A Current Affair on Fox Television as a Reporter/Producer.  Over 5 years she worked on countless stories including solving the murder of a young girl which resulted in the life imprisonment of the accused and was the only Australian woman on prime time syndicated television.

After returning to Australia Lyndal joined Midday with Kerri-Anne as Executive Producer and was also EP of Funniest Home Videos. She was the Creator and Executive Producer of Fresh and EP’d ET, Malcolm Naden: Australia’s Most Hunted, Australia’s Deadliest, World’s Richest Dogs and World’s Deadliest Shark Coast!

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