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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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Looks like Australian viewers are in love – with shows about love, sex, weddings and broken hearts. And there’s a lot of people out there ready to wear their hearts on their sleeve and make their privates public in order to find love/get laid/or just get their 15 minutes of fame!

This month at TV Talks Andrew Garrick will be talking with the makers of our most popular loved-up programming, plus the casting director of Undressed, to get the “skinny” on how they convince their cast to expose themselves and their viewers to stay faithful. Plus: the ethics and morality minefields of it all!  


  • Tara McWilliams: Executive Producer,  Married At First Sight (Endemol Shine)
  • Deb Spinocchia: Executive Producer, Seven Year Switch, Back with the Ex, First Dates, Bride and Prejudice  (Seven Network)
  • Kirsty De Vallance: Casting Director, Undressed (Screentime)
  • MC: Andrew Garrick

Guest bios

Tara McWilliams is an Executive Producer at Endemol Shine Australia. For the past 12 years, she has worked under industry heavyweights, Mark & Carl Fennessy (Crackerjack, FremantleMedia, Shine Australia & America, Endemol Shine Australia), and is currently the Executive Producer of Nine’s number one rating show, Married At First Sight.

In a career spanning 17 years, Tara has produced some of Australia’s biggest reality formats including The Voice, The Biggest Loser, The Bachelor, MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, Project Runway, The Apprentice and The Farmer Wants a Wife.  

Tara has also worked as an international consultant for Endemol Shine formats MasterChef, Junior MasterChef and The Biggest Loser in territories such as China, Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. 

For almost two years, Tara was based in LA and New York with Shine America, developing and producing three seasons of the modeling reality show The Face with Naomi Campbell, and also Tabitha Takes Over.

Deb Spinocchia is a Network EP at the Seven Network. Her recent credits as Network EP include Seven Year Switch (seasons 1 and 2), Bride and PrejudiceFirst Dates (Series 2) and is currently in production on Back with the EX.   

Deb’s long TV production career began at SBS more than 25 years ago. Her first Producer role was The Movie Show, after which she was Series Producer on Pizza. After a stint producing on Big Brother, she had roles as Senior Producer on JTV (ABC) and Make Me a Supermodel and Beauty and The Geek (Southern Star).

Deb has worked as a Series Producer for Southern Star on Undercover Boss (series 1 and 2), Puppy Love, Don’t Tell The Bride, Photo Finish and Fremantle Media on Australia’s Got Talent and So You think you can Dance. She was Series Producer for the Seven Network on House Rules Series one and two and EP of Series 3.

Kirsty de Vallance began A Cast of Thousands in January 2005, with her husband, Graeme de Vallance, after working for a variety of production companies for more than a decade. In this time, she cast such TV series as MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, the first series of The Bachelor Australia,  and was a casting producer on the first series of Seven Year Switch.  

She is now the casting Director for Screentime, and recently cast a new dating format for SBS, called Undressed. In a room surrounded by cameras and filled only with a queen sized bed, participants in dating social experiment Undressed have a simple task at hand — strip the other person naked within 60 seconds, and climb into bed. It has been reported as the most diverse dating shows on Australian TV.

Andrew Garrick: 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 and producing several pilots and shows for the ABC and teaches the Applied Storytelling course for AFTRS Open.

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