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FREE NETWORKING EVENT FOR THE TV INDUSTRY

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
  • RSVP: tvtalks@aftrs.edu.au

COMING UP: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Producing Yourself


Producing, and appearing in, your own programs can be challenging. Wearing both the producer and performer hats is double the responsibility – and double the work.


This month we’ll be talking about what it’s like to do these dual roles. What do you do when the network complains about what the talent is wearing? Who do you tell when the social media trolls mention how untalented/badly dressed/annoying your talent (ie you) is? Who do you trust to get honest feedback on your own performance, when you are also the “boss”? These and other tricky questions will be discussed by Mr Bogan Hunter himself - Paul Fenech – and Craig Recaussel of The Chaser, Balls of Steel and The Checkout fame, with MC Denise Eriksen.

Guests:

  • Paul Fenech: Producer, Director, Performer
  • Craig Recaussel: Comedian, Producer and Writer
  • MC:  Denise Eriksen

Panellist Bios

Paul Fenech began his TV career as a stagehand at ABC TV and for the following seven years, worked his way up the TV chain, from sound assistant to floor manager, before realising his ambition of becoming a director. In 1996 Paul’s film Space Pizza won the Tropicana Award at Tropfest and in 1998, won the big one with the film Intolerance starring Austen Tayshus. His first low budget feature called Somewhere in the Darkness was the first Australian film to be selected for competition at the Slamdance Film Festival in the US.

Paul began working at SBS on various documentaries, before Pizza the TV series was born. Since its inception, almost seventy episodes of Pizza have been made since 2000. Fat Pizza, the feature film, is also one of the only Australian films to turn a profit recently, and is currently ranked in the top 100 Australian films that have performed well at the box office.

His next creation was Swift and Shift Couriers, a comedy series based on the employees and a typical working day within a courier company. Swift and Shift Couriers season 1 & 2 features TV legend, Ian Turpie and Amanda Keller.

The first series of Paul’s Housos gained media attention and publicity when Channel 9’s, A Current Affair program, mistook the comedy for a “government – funded reality show.” Despite the controversy surrounding the series, Housos went to air in October 2011 on SBS. The series held the 10pm timeslot on Monday nights but continued to pull high ratings.

In November 2012, he released the feature film Housos vs Authority, based on the television series. This was followed by a second series of Housos in 2013, which won the 2014 Logie Award for ‘Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program’. Paul’s most recent series Bogan Hunters, involved a nation-wide search for ‘Australia’s Greatest Bogan’ and aired on 7mate in May 2014 – the series received some of the highest ratings for 7mate since the channel’s inception.

Currently, he is working on Fat Pizza vs Housos, a feature film which brings together characters from two of his most popular television series.  It is due for theatrical release in late November 2014.


Craig Recaussel is an Australian writer and comedian who is best known for his work on ABC’s The Chaser, and more recently The Checkout.

Craig and a group of satirical comedians founded The Chaser newspaper, which led to a number of ABC TV Chaser programs including The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything and most recently, Yes We Canberra.

He was born in South Africa but moved to Australia at a young age. The only Chaser to be educated in the public school system, Paul went to school first in Adelaide and later in Bowral. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics (Social Science) and Law.

He has also co-hosted the Triple J shows Today Today, Bloody Sunday and The Race Race with fellow Chaser Chris Taylor and been the host of The Comedy Channel Series Balls of Steel.

Past TV Talks