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In days gone by, you’d go to the pub or go online to find the love of your life. These days a selected few get to go on television and have the nation watch their efforts to snare love. Naturally, we’re fascinated to find out how the producers responsible for these lovefests – with their tears and tantrums - play Cupid.

Given that it’s the first day of spring, we’ve decided to explore love on the telly. So come and hear some behind-the-scenes stories from The Bachelor EP Shaun Murphy, Farmer Wants a Wife EP Caroline Spencer and Shine’s Casting Director Wizzy Evans (who recently cast the new series The Bachelorette). MC Denise Eriksen will be asking all the hard questions!


  • Shaun Murphy: Head of Entertainment, Warner Brothers International Television Production Australia
  • Caroline Spencer: Director of Development, Fremantle media
  • Wizzy Evans: Casting Director, Shine Australia


  • Denise Eriksen

Guest Bios:

Emmy-nominated producer Shaun Murphy is Head of Entertainment at Warner Brothers International Television Production Australia. Shaun is also Executive Producer of The Bachelor Australia, having led the show for all 3 seasons. Previously he served as Executive Producer for Australia’s Next Top Model.

Prior to this, he led an LA based production company, producing formatted, branded, reality and documentary content, including the highly acclaimed, Emmy nominated Crips and Bloods: Made In America and Coolfuel Roadtrip (Discovery USA).

Shaun has 20 years TV producing and directing both in Australia and the USA, and started his career as a Segment Producer on Better Homes and Gardens in Australia. He was also a Presenter & Producer on Ten’s Totally Wild (TEN).

Caroline Spencer was promoted to the role of Director of Development of FremantleMedia Australia in October 2013. Caroline leads the development process for all non-scripted programming as well as adapting international formats for the Australian market. Prior to this appointment she had great success as an Executive Producer with FMA on programs such as MasterChef, Series 8 of The Farmer Wants A Wife and Recipe To Riches. Caroline says that Farmer has produced bucketloads of marriages (series 8 alone had two) – and a handful of babies. She says the show is considered one of the most successful – for true relationships and marriages - in the world.  

Other producing credits include Celebrity Master Chef, The Biggest Loser, The Phone, Project Runway Australia, Family Circle TV and Gladiators. Caroline also worked in New Zealand for a number of years, including being Head of Production at NHNZ for 3 years and prior to that as a Senior Production Manager at Beyond Productions.

Wizzy Evans’ casting career began over 20 years ago at Mullinars Casting in Sydney. With a focus on Film and TV, she cast hundreds of commercials, many feature films including Siam Sunset, Monkey’s Mask, Serenades and the Australian casting for Lord of the Rings. Wizzy was also honoured to be involved in casting an array of TV series including Marriage Acts, Secret Men’s Business and A Difficult Woman. In the late 1990’s, she was sent down to head Mullinars Casting in Melbourne and cast for the critically acclaimed Secret Life Of Us and Last Man Standing.

After opening her own business in 2005 and casting Scott Hick’s film, The Boys are Back and Dean O’Flaherty’s Beautiful, Wizzy was yearning for a change of pace and had a hunger for more variety. She then joined Endemol Shine Australia in Sydney and has since headed the in-house Casting Department. Recently, Wizzy has cast many reality and factual shows including Gogglebox, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Shark Tank and The Great Australian Spelling Bee. She is known for her risk taking when it comes to casting choices and her vast knowledge of casting a variety of genres across many mediums.

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