TV Talks

tv talks white letters on a red tv shape background TV Talks. All things TV. First Tuesday of the month.

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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The Boy from Tassie

Paul Franklin has a reputation for reinvigorating and reinventing shows (think Masterchef and Biggest Loser) and as being one of Australia’s best TV producers.  He was born and bred in Tassie and has just returned to Sydney from a two and a half year stint in LA as Executive VP, Programming for Shine America. Now he’s Director of Content for Shine Australia.  He’s got so much to say about the TV business, we’re doing a one-on-one “in conversation” to hear how he works, what he’s learned, how he sees the future – and, of course, why he got into television in the first place.


  • Guest: Paul Franklin – Head of Content, Shine Australia
  • MC: Denise Eriksen


Guest Bio:

Paul Franklin:  For the past two and a half years, Paul Franklin has served as Executive Vice President, Programming at Shine America, where he has helped launch the studio’s unscripted programming department. While in Los Angeles, Paul was responsible for and served as an executive producer on such U.S. series as MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (FOX), The Biggest Loser (NBC), The Face (Oxygen), Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo), Minute To Win It (GSN) as well as recently launched programs Restaurant Startup (CNBC) and Fake-Off (TruTv). Paul also helped launch Canada’s top rating MasterChef (CTV).

Prior to joining Shine America, Paul was Shine Australia's Head of Programming from 2010-2012, where he oversaw MasterChef and Junior MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and Relocation Relocation. Before his first stint with Shine Australia, Paul travelled the globe launching Shine Group's successful MasterChef format in numerous territories including India, France and the U.S.

From 2005-2009, Paul was Head of Factual Programming for FremantleMedia Australia, where he oversaw the original launches of MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, Farmer Wants A Wife and The Apprentice. Paul also previously worked in the UK on a variety of shows for Endemol, Shine and Fremantle, including show-runner for the BBC1 hit series Changing Rooms.

Past TV Talks