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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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Shooting overseas always has its share of challenges – locking down locations, using local crews and talent and negotiating with authorities/customs/the military is just the start of it – it’s risk assessment hell! Our panel this month at TV Talks have all dealt with these issues – and a whole lot more. Rick McPhee has “gone back” to Malaysia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, UAE, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Christmas Island Thailand, Bangladesh, Burma and Cambodia. Ben Ulm has been holding celebrities captive in South Africa and Jenny O’Shea has sent crews into deepest, darkest, South America and then had to get them rescued.

They all have some great stories to tell so don’t miss it!


  • Rick McPhee – Series Producer, Go Back to Where You Came From (series 1-3) CJZ
  • Ben Ulm – Executive Producer, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, ITV Studios Australia
  • Jenny O’Shea - Head of Production Operations and Business, Beyond Productions


  • Denise Eriksen

Guest Bios

Rick McPhee started his career as a researcher on Good Morning Australia before moving to London where he helped set up The Big Breakfast which revolutionized breakfast television in the UK. Rick produced the infamous episode in which Paula Yates met Michael Hutchence.

His career made a full circle in 2010 when he moved to Kabul to help two 21 year olds produce Good Morning Afghanistan. Rick also mentored the producers of  Super Star - the show that caused a female singer to evacuate the country because her head scarf fell on to her shoulders during a performance and she did not immediately replace it.

Beside getting up at ludicrous hours to make breakfast television, he has made a comedy program (Stupid, Stupid Man), several entertainment shows, many factual programs (including Bondi Rescue) and one of the shortest lived programs in the history of Australian television (The Chat Room).

Go Back To Where You Came From is the most ambitious programs Rick has produced and almost elevates him to the ranks of semi-serious documentary maker. The first series won the best in show Rose d’Or. The second series won an International Emmy. The third series is scheduled for broadcast in the winter of 2015.

Ben Ulm - During his 30 year television career, Ben has developed and produced content for all Australian free-to-air networks as well as subscription television. He has also created programming for international networks: for Channel 4 in the UK and Discovery and National Geographic in the US. Ben has been responsible for award-winning factual, history and lifestyle productions as well as entertainment, reality and comedy content.

Prior to joining ITV Studios Australia in 2014 as Head of Content, he was Head of Factual Entertainment at WTFN and has also worked at Beyond International, where he was executive producer for Australian network development. In 2011 he accepted the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Documentary for Trishna & Krishna: The Quest For Separate Lives, on which he was executive producer. He has worked on programs including The Living Room, Bondi Vet, Tony Robinson’s Time Walks and Bollywood Star.

Jenny O’Shea is a graduate of Griffith University and AFTRS, the first thirteen years of Jenny’s career involved producing, writing and post producing TVC’s, international and domestic co-pro documentaries and high-end corporate videos in Queensland.

From there Jenny moved into Production Management at Beyond Productions and then into a Production and Business Executive role. She has worked across a multiplicity of genres – documentary, factual entertainment, reality, studio, outside broadcast and drama. Jenny is responsible for setting up international production offices, structuring finance plans, negotiating broadcaster and talent agreements, and overseeing production operations. She has worked on successful programs including MythBusters, Selling Houses, Deadly Women, Hot Property, Taboo, Wild Life With Olivia Newton John, Beyond 2000, and most recently the feature film Manny Lewis.

A large part of her work at Beyond has been working for US broadcasters and filming in international locations, many remote. Logistics, crisis management and health and safety are a major focus and she has managed all manner of risks from explosives, helicopter crashes (in remote Northern Tanzania), and sharks, to sending a crew into a swingers party.

In her current role as the Head of Production Operations and Business at Beyond Jenny oversees domestic production across Beyond’s production divisions, as well as production offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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