1. Nov 07


    Watching TV (on any device) is our preferred entertainment activity and a vast proportion of TV viewing is still live-to-air. But with digital disruption this is a rapidly changing landscape. Broadcasters are having to rethink their business models and future-proof audience expectation and engagement.

    At our last TV Talks for 2017 we have asked a panel of heavy hitters in the industry to do a bit of crystal ball gazing, and tell us where they think the TV Industry trends are heading in 2018 and beyond. The panel, moderated by MC Anita Jacoby, is ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie, CEO of Foxtel Peter Tonagh, Director TV and Online Content at SBS Marshall Heald and industry strategy and forecasting expert Megan Brownlow, National Leader of Telecommunications, Media & Technology at PWC.


    • Marshall Heald: Director TV and Online Content, SBS
    • Megan Brownlow: Partner, PWC
    • Michelle Guthrie: Managing Director, ABC
    • Peter Tonagh: CEO, Foxtel
    • MC: Anita Jacoby

    Guest Bios

    Michelle Guthrie joined the ABC as Managing Director in May 2016. She has led the national broadcaster in a new strategic direction with a clear focus on maintaining its relevance and delivering great Australian content in a fast-changing, fragmented and increasingly global media market. In March 2017 Michelle announced a major cultural and structural transformation at the ABC to make it better equipped to meet the challenges of the digital era.

    Michelle brings to the ABC experience and expertise in media management, content development, and a detailed knowledge of both traditional broadcasting and the new digital media landscape. Over the last 25 years she has worked for a range of broadcasting and media organisations in Australia, Europe and Asia, including BSkyB, Star TV and Google.

    Peter Tonagh is the Chief Executive Officer of Foxtel Management Pty Limited.  Prior to Peter’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Foxtel, he held positions at News Corp Australia as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

    Peter also held the role of interim Chief Executive Officer of the REA Group leading that business as the REA Board completed its search and appointment of its permanent CEO, Tracey Fellows.

    Peter previously had a successful 9 year career at Foxtel, where he held the dual roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and was responsible for the overall strategy, including the acquisition and integration of Austar and channel negotiations and relationships, and oversaw a significant increase in Foxtel’s expenditure on content, including original local production.

    Prior to joining Foxtel, Peter was Vice President and Director of The Boston Consulting Group, working across Australia and New Zealand and throughout Asia.

    Megan Brownlow leads the media and entertainment industry practice at PwC and is the National Leader of the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) Industry. In her practice she performs strategy, due diligence, forecasting, and market analysis work for clients.

    She has over 25 years’ experience in media, marketing and managing digital disruption ranging from designing cross-media strategies to assessing new digital opportunities.

    At PwC Megan also leads the industry thought leadership program: The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook which provides forecasts and commentary on twelve media segments covering advertising and consumer spending.

    Megan is a board member of the Media Federation of Australia (MFA) and the Deputy Chair of Screen Australia. Megan is also a member of the Department of Communications’ Bureau of Communications Research Advisory Committee and the Research Strategy Panel for the Australia Council.

    Marshall Heald was appointed Director TV and Online Content at SBS in January 2015. Marshall was previously the Chief Digital Officer, with a broad remit to help drive the adoption of digital technologies and innovation across SBS in a rapidly changing broadcast sector. Marshall joined SBS initially in 2007 as Manager, Digital Media with overall responsibility for SBS’s online presence. 

    Prior to SBS, Marshall’s career has included working as a litigation lawyer in New Zealand, heading up Telstra’s digital music and movie businesses and working as Creative Director of Noise, a media based festival to showcase the creative works of young Australians.

    With a background as Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape. The SBS Charter describes SBS’s principal function as providing multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians, reflecting Australia’s diverse society. SBS inspires all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world.

    MC Anita Jacoby has created award-winning content across most genres for every FTA broadcaster and Foxtel. Most recently she was Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia where she was responsible for the implementation of new digital, commercial and content strategies as well as the commissioning of ‘The Chase’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity’. Prior to that she managed Zapruder’s others films for ten years alongside Andrew Denton, creating hundreds of hours of original programming including ‘Enough Rope’, ‘The Gruen Transfer’ and “Elders’. She currently sits on the ACMA (Australian Communications & Media Authority), Women in Media boards and is a non-executive director on a number of other boards.

  2. Oct 03

    What does it take to keep an audience entertained these days, anyway?

    With every form of TV seemingly getting bigger and bigger, the October TV Talks ponders: is there an end to how big entertainment TV will get, or is it an endless arms race as the ideas and budgets get bigger, the contraptions get larger, and the expectations get higher?

    Three of the most accomplished TV producers in the business reveal the secrets that go into bringing giant shows like Ninja Warrior and Survivor to your lounge rooms, and cogitate on how much bigger things could get. Does everything need to be “Bigger than Ben Hur” or can we make our audiences happy with lower budget, smaller scale shows with great talent and a central winning idea?

    In what's guaranteed to be a fascinating discussion, join the brilliant Julie Ward (EP, Australian Ninja Warrior), Amelia Fisk (EP, Australian Survivor) and Stephen Tate (Head of Entertainment and Factual Programming, Ten Network) as they get a polite interrogation from MC Andrew Garrick.



    • Amelia Fisk: Executive Producer – Survivor
    • Julie Ward: Executive Producer – Ninja Warrior
    • Stephen Tate: Head Entertainment & Factual, Ten Network
    • MC: Andrew Garrick

    Guest Bios

    Amelia Fisk

    Amelia began her career in reality television in 2003 moving to London to work on the highly successful early series of Big Brother UK. Over three years living in London she continued to gain experience across the reality genre working in all departments from challenge, story and control room producing.

    Returning home she started working for Crackerjack Productions and has since followed the Fennessy brothers as they moved to Fremantle Media and now Endemol Shine. Over the years Amelia has worked on a wide slate of reality programs including The Farmer Wants a Wife, The Apprentice and Junior Masterchef and then series producing numerous years on The Biggest Loser and Beauty and the Geek.

    In recent years Amelia successfully transformed and executive produced Australia’s Next Top Model. She then went on to executive produce the first series of The Bachelorette with Sam Frost receiving a Logie nomination for its success. Her career highlight was taking on the grand daddy of reality TV; Survivor where she executive produced the Australian version for Network TEN in 2016 and 2017. One of the exciting young, up and coming executive producers, she also juggles being a mum to two small children.

    Amelia is currently Executive Producer of Australian Survivor series 2 and Co-Executive Producer on the second series of Ninja Warrior.

    Julie Ward

    Julie is one of the most highly acclaimed program makers in Australia, and acknowledged the world over. With a career of successes, her most recent is the phenomenon of Australian Ninja Warrior. Before that it was The Voice and together, these two programmes have re-written the record books for free to air television audiences. Julie Is the EP of Ninja Warrior and in addition to The Voice she has also EP’d Australias Got Talent, Iron Chef Australia, Australia’s Next Top Model, So You Think You Can Dance and Wife Swap Australia.

    Julie began her career as a Directors Assistant at Network Ten, before spending ten years at the Nine Network as  a Producer. Julie was then EP and head of Production at Foxtel from 1995 - 2000.​

    She has numerous awards; Logies, AACTAs and has been regularly named among the most influential people in Australian Media. With a proven track record in large scale productions, a passion for technology and emerging platforms her company ZigZag is now creating original global content in the digital space.  

    Stephen Tate

    As Network Ten’s Head of Entertainment and Factual Programming Stephen Tate oversees Light Entertainment, Factual, Comedy, Variety and Music genres at TEN. Stephen has most recently executive produced some of TEN’s most popular franchises including Australian Survivor, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia and MasterChef Australia.

    Throughout his career at TEN, Stephen has been responsible for executive producing a variety of programs for TEN including Australian Idol, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, The Circle, Big Brother and AACTA Awards.

    A highly accomplished producer, director and writer, Stephen has produced many successful television series both here and abroad. His 20 years in television is as broad a spectrum of experience as is possible to achieve. From radio beginnings in Perth, to working with the biggest names in British entertainment - Sir David Frost, Cilla Black and Bruce Forsythe among them.

    Stephen's first stint in television was an innovative documentary following a theatre tour of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Bali. He raised the finance, produced the play and production managed the resulting documentary.

    Then London called and the prestigious halls of London Weekend Television where he cut his teeth on three of its highest rating shows - Surprise Surprise with Cilla Black, You Bet and Play Your Cards Right both with Bruce Forsythe.

    Stephen was then approached by the BBC to develop and produce Good Fortune a unique show that returned lost money and dormant funds to unsuspecting viewers. The first show hosted by Sir David Frost went live and made history by surprising one family with a five million pound windfall. Tate then spent a year associate producing the second highest rating show in British television history, The National Lottery Live.

    Returning to Australia in 1996 Tate immediately got back into the Aussie swing of things with Network Seven ratings winner Who Dares Wins, for which he wrote and directed 90 episodes.  Tate then series produced Outback Adventures with Troy Dann for Network Seven and Network Ten’s E! News in 1999 and Live This in 2000 before accepting his current role with Network Ten.

    Andrew Garrick MC

    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, and is currently an Executive Producer at the ABC, in the Entertainment Department. Andrew has helped develop, and produce many projects with leading independent production companies including Shine, Australia, Screentime, and Beyond Productions and has a long list of commercial producing and directing credits.

  3. Sep 05

    Murder. Sexual Violence. Heists. Accounting Fraud.

    They're the subjects which fill our TVs every night of the week, across the genres. So what's with our enduring fascination with the darker side of society? 

    TV Talks September will sit down with 3 of the best criminal minds in the business: The enthralled audience will get their insights into why crime works, how they work around the ethical issues, and how they make the unlikable relate-able.

    Join MC Andrew Garrick as we discuss the criminal element on TV with Basia Bonkowski (RBT), Jason Stephens (Mr and Mrs Murder) and Fiona Baker (Murder Calls) - 4 of the great producers, discussing a fascinating topic that crosses genres and generations.


    • Fiona Baker:  Executive Producer, Murder Calls
    • Basia Bonkowski:  Executive Producer, Screentime
    • Jason Stephens: Producer, Wake In Fright
    • MC: Andrew Garrick

    Guest Bios

    Fiona Baker is a highly respected and successful television producer.  She has produced current affairs, lifestyle, reality and factual programs for all major Australian networks.

    Fiona started her career as a researcher on the daily afternoon children's program Simon Townsend’s Wonder World. She produced on daily and weekly current affairs shows, including 60 Minutes, Willesee and 730 Report. She also turned her hand to lifestyle programs, including Money and Sex.

    Fiona then successfully created and executive produced a number of prime time shows - notably, one of the longest running factual programs in Australia, RPA (Nine Network), and the highly rated true crime series Forensic Investigators hosted by Lisa McCune (Network Seven). Both these groundbreaking shows won local and international acclaim and awards.

    Fiona has received an honorary award at the Walkleys for excellence in journalism, has reviewed true crime and crime fiction books, and earlier this year made the docu drama Murder Calls for the Nine Network.

    She is currently researching and writing a new crime series.

    Basia Bonkowski began her television career at SBS working as a producer, writer and presenter across a variety of formats. She then moved to Channel Ten where she presented Music Video and worked as a journalist for Good Morning Australia. From there she moved to Channel 7 where she continued working as a producer and journalist. She left television for a few years during which time she completed a masters degree and wrote two non-fiction books. Basia returned to television in 2007 and resumed working as a producer and writer on various formats ranging from ‘Find Your Family through to the documentary series, ‘Beyond the Darklands'.

    In 2010 she began working for Screentime as the Show Runner for RBT for Channel 9. The series follows police as they test drivers for alcohol and drugs. It remains one of the most successful factual police series on television and has had a run of ten seasons so far. Basia has been the Executive Producer for the past four seasons. Screentime works closely with the NSW Police department who credit the Series with raising the profile of drink and drug driving and helping to reduce the numbers of drink drivers on NSW roads.

    Basia is currently working as Co-Execeutive Producer for a new series for Channel 9, The Driving Test.

    In mid-2015 Jason Stephens partnered with producer Helen Bowden to launch Lingo Pictures. This month their first production aired, a prestige pilot for Foxtel taking Maggie Beer to Japan. They have also just delivered their first drama, the highly anticipated mini- series for Network Ten based on the iconic novel Wake in Fright. In addition they have a mini series in advanced development with Foxtel and a boxing drama in development with SBS.

    From 2010 - February 2014 Jason produced 5 dramas under a joint venture with FremantleMedia: Kiling Time (Foxtel); Devils Dust (ABCTV); Mr. and Mrs. Murder, (Ten Network); Better Man, (SBS); and Schapelle, (Nine Network). Previously, Jason Exec Produced/ Produced The King, The Graham Kennedy Story (TV1 and Seven Network), for Crackerjack Productions.

    As well as producing in a joint venture with FremantleMedia, Jason held the role of Director of Development, from 2006 and then in 2010, Creative Director of FremantleMedia moving to Sydney to perform that role.

    As Creative Director and Director of Development at FremantleMedia, Jason was responsible for new business, that is, getting original ideas sold to market. The role involved strong international exposure with Jason working alongside other FremantleMedia creatives around the world, particularly in London and North America, to create new intellectual property. Jason also traveled to Europe four times a year to attend television markets, Mip and Mipcom, the FremantleMedia development conferences, as well as numerous meetings with international distributors and producers around the world.

    Andrew Garrick MC

    Andrew has produced and directed major TV projects for all the free to air channels and committed very few crimes in the process. However Micro Nation, his first original TV project was about constitutional crime and governmental bureaucracy.

    Andrew's developed shows with leading independent production companies including Screentime, Shine, Fremantle Australia, and Beyond Productions and has a long list of commercial producing and directing credits. He is an Executive Producer for the ABC Entertainment Department, and co-founder of Zedtown: a live zombie apocalypse for thousands at a time, as well as teaching Applied Storytelling at AFTRS Open.

  4. Aug 01

    The predictions are dire, and the attention spans getting shorter: so what's the future for kids' TV? Three of Australia's most accomplished kids TV makers give their opinions and thoughts on what young minds might want to watch, and how they might want to watch it. Will everything be VR? Is "The Schedule" going to remain a thing? Will the kids of 2020 still love The Wiggles and Peppa Pig? ABC Head of Childrens' Michael Carrington, Flying Bark Managing Director Barbara Stephen, and Patrick Egerton from Cheeky Little  join the panel with MC Andrew.


    • Michael Carrington:  Head of Children’s Content, ABC TV
    • Barbara Stephen: Managing Director, Flying Bark
    • Patrick Egerton: EP Cheeky Little
    • MC: Andrew Garrick

    Guest Bios

    Barbara Stephen is the Managing Director of Flying Bark. Barbara has worked as a producer for over twelve years across sport, lifestyle and reality programs before finding her passion in children’s animation. Her children's producing credits include; the award winning animated series Erky Perky (Series 3), Magical Tales (Series 1) and multi-award nominated short film Hog while at Ambience EntertainmentBarbara line produced the two-time KidScreen and AFI award-winning hit series for ABC 3, The Adventures of Figaro Pho and teamed up with the Jurevicius brothers to work on the AFI and KidScreen award-winning show, Peleda. At Flying Bark, Barbara has produced ‘The Woodlies’ (Network 7 and ZDF) nominated at the Stuttgart Festival for Best Animated Series and most recently the award-winning and international box office success; Maya the Bee Movie. She has also produced the flagship new fantasy and adventure series Tashi (ABC & Network 7), nominated for best series at the Stuttgart Animation Festival, as well as producing a CGI revival of the much loved Australian classic, ‘Blinky Bill The Movie’. Barbara is currently producing a live action children's series called ‘Oh Yuck!’ and is working on a slate of new development projects, including the film adaptation of Jane Lyons' modern classic series, 100% Wolf. Barbara is the chairman of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) advisory committee for animation, industry advisor for Screen Producers Association (SPA) and a member of the advisory committee for the Screen Forever conference.

    Notching up more than 25 years in his media career, Michael Carrington has a wealth of knowledge and experience in content development, production, and broadcasting. He returned to Australia in 2016 having spent twenty-six years abroad working in various capacities for the BBC, LEGO TV & Film, Cartoon Network, HIT Entertainment, and Zodiak Media.  Michael started in children’s production at Channel 10 working on Ridgey Didge and Double Dare.  He has a passion for children’s content and is best known for award winning programmes like Charlie & Lola, LazyTown, Shaun the Sheep and The Amazing World of Gumball.  Michael is a member of BAFTA, RTS, AACTA, and the International Academy of Arts & Sciences.  As Head of Children’s, Michael sits on the ABC television executive steering the overall children’s content strategy, and he manages development and production hubs in Melbourne and Sydney.

    Patrick Egerton is co-founder and co-director of Cheeky Little Media. Cheeky Little focuses 100% on developing and producing unique animated content for kids worldwide, and growing global brands around that content. 

    Cheeky Little completed production of two shows in 2016. Bottersnikes & Gumbles is a 52 x 11 minute action comedy for kids aged 6 – 9 for Seven Network (Australia), CBBC (UK) and Netflix (Europe, North America, and LATAM). The show won the 2016 Pulcinella for Best Kids Series at Cartoons on the Bay this year, as well as being nominated for Logie and AACTA awards in Australia. Kazoops is a 78 x 7 minute pre-school series produced for ABC Kids (Australia), CBeebies (UK) and Netflix (ROW).  The show has launched strongly on all three platforms and has attracted Tomy as global master toy partner and Penguin as a publishing partner. 

    Along with co-founder David Webster, Patrick directs the development and production of all Cheeky Little’s brands and oversees management of staff and strategy.

    Previously, Patrick was Executive Producer for International Co-Production at Ambience Entertainment where he developed the slate of animation properties with David Webster that they took rights for in starting Cheeky Little. Before that he was Head of Development at Chief Productions in the UK developing and producing children’s television for ITV, factual for Discovery and online comedy for the BBC.  From 2003 to 2005 Patrick worked as a producer in the film and TV dept at Animal Logic where he managed large teams of animators and compositors for VFX sequences on Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire and the Farscape mini-series. 

    Andrew Garrick MC

    Andrew has produced and directed major TV projects for all the free to air channels and has had the privilege of directing Little Ted in Ted's first stand-alone series, and directed political kids' documentary Rookie Reporter

    Andrew's developed shows with leading independent production companies including Screentime, Shine, Fremantle Australia, and Beyond Productions and has a long list of commercial producing and directing credits. He is the founding partner of The Production Group, works as a consulting producer for the ABC Entertainment Department, is the Managing Director of Zedtown: a live zombie apocalypse for thousands at a time, and teaches Applied Storytelling at AFTRS Open.

  5. Jul 04

    "The Internet is Killing TV’s Star: Discuss."

    It’s the 50th TV Talks and we’re doing something different. A light hearted, entertaining debate on television’s future. We know it’s not dead yet, but is it on its way out? Two teams will argue the toss and the audience on the night decides who wins the stoush, while being kept well under control by debate chair, Denise Eriksen.

    On the side of “don’t be ridiculous” (NO) is Channel 9’s Head of Content Production & Development Adrian Swift.

    Adrian says: The internet is television’s best friend. It’s where they talk about us, watch our shows and incubate our next stars. What’s not to love? Well only the bit where they don’t pay for anything in proper money ensuring that in 5 years’ time we’ll all be Youtubers filming each other doing the Nicki Minaj challenge (Google it) in our garages. I look forward to discussing.

    The “YES” team is led by the owner of EverythingLive.com Mike Goldman. Mike says:

    TV is dead unless it's a smart TV, because then you don't need an annoying antenna thing on your roof to get shows.

    The teams:


    • Mike Goldman
    • Marion Farelly
    • Madison Lloyd


    • Nick Murray
    • Sophie McGill
    • Adrian Swift

    What the other team members have to say:


    Madison Lloyd is the co-founder of online comedy trio SketchShe. Hitting viral success two years ago, the group now have over half a billion video views across all platforms and have cemented their place as a worldwide internet sensation. SketchShe has created a strong fan base and continue to entertain and inspire audiences with their honest, uplifting and surprising female-driven content and relatable personalities.

    Madison Says: Five years ago my job didn’t exist, without online I would never have experienced the career success, acceleration or entrepreneurial opportunities I now have in the media industry.

    If you’ve watched it, Marion Farelly probably made it – she’s a passionate storyteller who has worked on the initial creation, development, reinvention & show running, of some of the world’s biggest brands in Australia, UK & LA.

    Maz says: From memory, TV is a little like sex. We need variety to keep the relationship alive. TV is in danger of forgetting this but the internet knows that every now & then we want a quickie down an alley - something different, left field, something surprising. The Internet delivers this variety because it’s purely led by the market - not us. My advice to myself & my TV exec pals - have a quickie down the alley or divorce.

    The FOR TEAM

    Nick Murray is Managing Director and co-founder of CJZ, the biggest locally owned production company in Australasia which produces more than 20 primetime series every year. Its shows have won Logies, AACTAs, the Rose d’Or for both Go Back To Where You Came From and Gruen as well as an Emmy for Go Back….

    Nick says: I'm glad I'm on the right side of this debate. Who'd want to try to spruik the existence of a bunch of tax dodging, money grubbing, multinationals who don't pay for content and intend to use our excellent NBN for free? Only an idiot would say that TV is dead. It's only a flesh wound.

  6. Jun 13

    The explosion of information and new platforms is making it harder than ever for journalists to keep up with the news. Objective facts have become less influential in shaping public opinion in this era of 'post truth', with more than 1 in 10 people using social media as their main source of news.

    With the dramatic increase  in live news video, messaging apps and User Generated Content, how are traditional news services coping with this rapid onslaught of digital disruption? Can the fact checkers run faster than the fake news creators? Are traditional news  organisations remaining relevant to a younger generation used to bite-sized coverage online or will they eventually go the way of the dinosaurs? What are the opportunities for journos and news organisations to future-proof and stay ahead of the social tsunami?

    Join us for TV Talks this month as Anita Jacoby explores these questions and more with three heavy-hitters from the Networks.


    Josie MacRae: Head of News Digital, Nine Network

    Gaven Morris:  Director of News, ABC TV

    Jason Morrison: Director, News and Public Affairs, Seven Network

    MC: Anita Jacoby

    Guest bios:

    Josie MacRae is the Head of News Digital at the Nine Network. Josie joined Nine as the Executive Producer of the Sydney 6pm News in 2009, a role she held for 4 years, before becoming the Deputy News Director.

    From 1997 to 2009 Josie was based in London, where she held senior roles including Deputy Editor of Five News and Executive Producer of the Sky News breakfast programme Sunrise.

    Prior to this Josie worked as a news reporter in Australia, including positions with Channel Ten and Radio 2GB's Canberra bureau.

    Gaven Morris has extensive experience as a news executive, news editor, reporter and producer.  He spent almost a decade in international news, first at CNN in London as an online and television reporter and as a roving international news producer and senior editor. Prior to his appointment as Director ABC News in 2015, Gaven was Head of News Content for ABC News, a role that saw him overseeing all of ABC News’s digital and broadcast news output – scheduled television and radio news bulletins, News 24, NewsRadio, the Asia-Pacific News Centre and online and mobile news services. His other previous roles include ABC National Editor for ABC News Online and ABC Head of Continuous News.

    Jason Morrison is Director of News and Public Affairs at the Seven Network. He originally trained at 2GB in a journalism cadetship program and later completed the Commercial Radio course at AFTRS.

    Jason was Director of News at 2GB and on-air Drivetime presenter for several years. He then moved to 2UE as Drivetime presenter for three years before switching to TV when he became newsroom Chief of Staff at Network Ten for five years from 2000, and then News Editor.

    Jason returned to radio but regularly appeared in short opinion slots of various national morning television shows including Sunrise. He joined the Seven Network in his current position in 2015.

    MC Anita Jacoby has created award-winning content across most genres for every FTA broadcaster and Foxtel. Most recently she was Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia where she was responsible for the implementation of new digital, commercial and content strategies as well as the commissioning of ‘The Chase’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity’. Prior to that she managed Zapruder’s others films for ten years alongside Andrew Denton, co-creating hundreds of hours of original programming including ‘Enough Rope’, ‘The Gruen Transfer’ and ‘Elders’.

    Anita has worked as a news journalist/reporter and produced for ’60 Minutes’, ‘Sunday’ and ‘Witness’.

    She currently sits on the ACMA (Australian Communications & Media Authority), Women in Media and is a non-executive director on a number of boards. In 2013 she established the annual Jacoby Walkley Scholarship for young broadcast journalists.

  7. May 02

    Few people get into TV for the money. They want to tell stories, excite audiences and maybe make a buck along the way. The reality is though that to make the pictures you gotta make the green. What is it like to balance the two, and how do you not be a "sell out" along the way? TV Talks is excited to hear from 3 brilliant broadcast producers who constantly create original works, and do so without relying on international "formats". Is that a business model they enjoy? None of these three are minnows, but what's it like in the pond when big fish like Endemol Shine and Fremantle are competing to get the broadcast hours? Guests:

    • Craig Graham: Creative Director - Fredbird Entertainment
    • Matt Campbell: CEO - CJZ
    • Donna Andrews: CEO/Partner - Sticky Pictures
    • MC: Andrew Garrick

    Guest bios

    CRAIG GRAHAM is recognised as one of Australia’s leading producers of wide audience appeal factual entertainment. Over the past 20 years, Craig has created and produced over 250 hours of original programming for the free to air and pay television markets.

    In 2009, Craig formed Fredbird Entertainment to provide factual, entertainment and children’s programming to the local and international market. Fredbird has evolved into a multiple award-winning supplier of original and innovative content.

    Fredbird’s credits inlcude Dr Karl’s Outrageous Acts of Science (Discovery), Justine Clark’s Ta da! (ABC Kids), Air Rescue Series 1 – 5 (Cahnnel 7), Hatch, Match and Dispatch (ABC), The Embassy Series 1 -3 (Chanel 9), Once Upon a time In Cabramatta (SBS) Zumbo (SBS) and Australian Drug Lords (Nine Network). Craig’s earlier credits as EP include Customs with Vince Colosimo, Fire 000, The Code: Crime and Justice, In the Line of Fire and Missing Persons Unit, all for the Nine network.

    MATT CAMPBELL is currently CEO and share holder at CJZ, Australia’s largest independently owned production company. Matt is across all business and development for the group including the oversight of the NZ arm Greenstone TV. CJZ produces hits such as Gruen, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, House of Bond, Bondi Rescue, Highway Patrol, The EX PM, The Checkout, Go Back to Where You Came From, Demolition Man and a host of others. Prior to CJZ he was Managing Director of Shine Australia. 

    On the network side Matt spent 7 1/2 years at SBS Television, the first 2 as Network Programmer and then Executive Director of Content across Television and Online. He was responsible for the transformation of SBS’s creative output and earned multiple domestic andinternational awards for the network during his tenure.

    Prior to SBS he spent 20 years in France primarily as a ski instructor before creating Wallaroos Productions & Distribution in 1993 and was successful (despite himself) in creating a strong audio visual alliance between Australia and France.

    DONNA ANDREWS has over 25 years’ experience in television broadcasting and production including senior management positions at Network Ten, ABCTV, Nickelodeon and Channel [V]. Donna moved from broadcasting into independent television production and is a founding partner and the CEO of Sticky Pictures Pty Ltd. Sticky Pictures is an independent, creative-driven Australian production company specialising in comedy. 

    Donna has produced / executive produced over 700 hours of television targeted at children, youth and prime time audiences. Donna has extensive experience in all areas of the Television industry including creating and developing content, commissioning content, producing programs, raising of finance, and international distribution.

    Donna’s most recent credits include “Ronny Chieng: International Student” (in post production, for ABC TV and Comedy Central US), Skit Box’s “Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am”, “Winston Steinburger & Sir Dudley Ding Dong” and “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane”. Sticky Pictures television productions have sold to more than 100 countries.

    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.

  8. Apr 04
    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.

  9. Mar 07

    On the eve of International Women’s Day we’ve pulled together a panel of powerhouse women to talk about the all-important female audience. In general, women watch more TV than men and more often than not, determine what is being watched. Broadcasters and advertisers know this: women make 80-90% of all household purchasing decisions  - including whether or not to take a pay TV subscription.

    So – what do women watch and why? And how much does the research around this influence programming and production in Australia?

    On our panel this month with MC Anita Jacoby is Head of Scripted Production at ABC TV, Sally Riley, the Managing Director, Content Aggregation and Wholesale at Foxtel, Deanne Weir, Media commentator/author and Gruen panelist, Jane Caro and Megan Brownlow, Executive Director at PWC and Editor of the Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook. It’s bound to be a lively and fascinating discussion with invaluable insights for anyone working in the broadcast and media industries in Australia!

    • Deanne Weir [MD, Content Aggregation and Wholesale, Foxtel]
    • Sally Riley [Head of Scripted Production, ABC TV]
    • Jane Caro [Media Commentator and Writer]
    • Megan Brownlow [Partner at PWC and Editor of the Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook]
    • Anita Jacoby [MC]
    Guest bios

    Sally Riley is Head of Scripted Production at ABC TV. She joined ABC TV in 2010 as Head of Indigenous, and since that time has achieved an outstanding track record of groundbreaking programs, including Black ComedyGods of Wheat Street8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the multi-award-winning Redfern Now and the critically-acclaimed six-part drama, Cleverman. She is currently responsible for leading the Fiction, Comedy, Indigenous and Children’s production teams.

    A Wiradjuri women, Riley has been at the forefront of the Indigenous film and television industry in Australia. She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal self-representation in the Australian film industry and played a vital role in Indigenous filmmaking during the nine years she worked as Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Unit. Riley was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008 for her services to the development of initiatives that have increased the participation of Indigenous Australians in the film and television industry. In 2011, she was awarded the Cecil Holmes Award from the Australian Directors Guild for her ongoing career support and facilitation of Indigenous film and television directors. In 2016, Sally was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

    Deanne Weir is a Media entrepreneur, company director and philanthropist with more than 25 years of experience in media and communications. A former corporate lawyer, Deanne is an experienced and globally recognised leader, strategist and communicator, with a deep interest in how new forms of media affect business and society.  Deanne's company WeirAnderson.com has invested in several Australian growth companies, leveraging new and disruptive communications technology to reach and engage global audiences. From online publishing, television and multiplatform media production, to global innovations in speech to text services, Deanne has been privileged to work with some great Australian innovators.  Along the way, Deanne has also pursued her passion for supporting Australian stories, and has used her influence and resources to improve the lives of women and girls in our community.  

    Deanne spent 8 years on the board of Screen Australia, including as Deputy Chair, and was instrumental in the development of its highly regarded Gender Matters program. Other cultural board roles include the Sydney Film Festival and Playwriting Australia.  Deanne is Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network and a member of the global philanthropic community Women Moving Millions, both of which seek to increase the amount of social investment that reaches women and girls. A frequent guest speaker at corporate and philanthropic events, Deanne provides informal mentoring support to a number of women in the media.

    In 2016, Deanne returned to full-time corporate life at Foxtel as Managing Director, Content Aggregation and Wholesale, where she has responsibility for third party content relationships, pricing and packaging, wholesale revenue, and new forms of content commercialisation. In addition to her role at Foxtel and her community engagement, Deanne continues in her roles as Chair of Hoodlum and Ai-Media.  

    Megan Brownlow is a media and entertainment industry specialist at PwC where she performs strategy, due diligence, forecasting, and market analysis work for clients. 

    She has over 20 years’ experience in media and marketing ranging from producing television and radio programs to designing cross-media strategies – both content and advertising – for online and traditional media properties.  Megan is the Editor of PwC’s annual market-leading publication: The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook which provides forecasts and commentary on twelve media segments covering advertising and consumer spending. In the current edition Megan wrote the special features on Growth through Diversity and the Future of Australian Content. 

    Megan is a board member of the MFA, an Advisory Committee member for the Bureau of Communications Research and the Research Strategy Panel for the Australia Council. 

    Jane Caro is an author, novelist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator.  She has published eight books, including two novels “Just a Girl” and “Just a Queen” about Elizabeth Tudor and a memoir “Plain Speaking Jane”. She is currently working on ‘Just Flesh & Blood’ the third and final book in the Tudor trilogy.

    She appears in the media often including Agony, Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise & Weekend Sunrise. In 2013 she co-created and presented a 6 part radio series for ABC Life Matters - ‘For Better, For Worse’, now a 5 part TV series for ABC Compass. In 2016 her second series with Compass “Fathers & Daughters, Mothers & Sons” went to air. She is currently working on a third documentary series with the ABC. She writes regular columns for ‘Sunday Life’, ‘Leadership Matters’ and ‘Daily Life’.

    MC Anita Jacoby has created award-winning content across most genres for every FTA broadcaster and Foxtel. Most recently she was Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia where she was responsible for the implementation of new digital, commercial and content strategies as well as the commissioning of ‘The Chase’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity’. Prior to that she managed Zapruder’s others films for ten years alongside Andrew Denton, creating hundreds of hours of original programming including ‘Enough Rope’, ‘The Gruen Transfer’ and “Elders’. She currently sits on the ACMA (Australian Communications & Media Authority), Women in Media and is a non-executive director on a number of boards.

  10. Feb 07

    What does it take to see a show that you’ve developed all the way through to on-air, when a thousand influences are pulling it off course? How do you pick your battles? Can you ever really know what the politics are behind a note or an instruction? And how far does reputation alone get you?

    Three of Australia's significant producers of great television, with experience from network-side and production-side, Claire Tonkin (until recently Network Ten, now CJZ), Chloe Rickard (Jungle) and Jennifer Collins (ex ABC TV, now Screentime) discuss delivering a show from first concepts to broadcast. 

    • Jennifer Collins [EP & Head of Non-Fiction, Screentime]
    • Chloe Rickard [Head of Production & Partner, Jungle]
    • Claire Tonkin [Head of Drama Development, CJZ]
    • Andrew Garrick [MC]
    Guest bios:

    Jennifer Collins is one of Australia’s leading television executives with a career spanning 25 years. In her role as Head of Non Fiction at Screentime she brings a wealth of factual, comedy and entertainment production expertise. Screentime’s non-fiction slate currently includes the documentary series Stop Laughing...This Is Serious (ABC TV), Anh’s Brush With Fame (ABC TV), RBT (Nine Network), Testing Teachers (SBS), Undressed (SBS), and Murder Calls (Nine Network). 

    Formerly at ABC TV she was responsible for hundreds of hours of TV and multi-platform content. As Head of Entertainment she oversaw a huge slate of highly acclaimed and successful shows including Dirty Laundry Live, Adam Hills Tonight, The Chaser Decides, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, The Agony Of Life, Gruen Planet, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting, Tractor Monkeys and Kitchen Cabinet. She commissioned the Digital Emmy award winning series #7 Days Later, and created the online comedy initiative Fresh Blood

    As ABC TV’s Head of Factual, she was responsible for the development and commissioning of an impressive slate of award winning documentaries as well as factual entertainment series including The Checkout, Poh’s Kitchen, Who’s Been Sleeping In My House and Dream Build.

    Chloe Rickard is one of Australia's most dynamic and innovative comedy producers. A Partner and Head of Production at Jungle, she has produced two seasons of Here Come the Habibs (Nine Network), No Activity (Stan's first original commission) and Soul Mates (ABC/NBC Universal), along with The Moodys, A Moody Christmas, Elegant Gentlemen's Guide to Knife Fighting and over 200 television commercials. She is currently developing the feature film The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women and the dramedy series Holy Cow, both funded by Screen Australia.

    Chloe is a recipient of Screen Australia's Enterprise Growth program with the Van Vuuren Bros and recently gained her Masters of Screen Arts & Business from AFTRS, in which she was awarded the Foxtel New Media Innovation Prize and the Wake In Fright Prize for the best thesis. Chloe is a member of the Screen Tasmania Advisory Board, as appointed by the Minister for the Arts.

    Claire Tonkin recently joined CJZ as Head of Drama Development. In her previous role as Network Ten’s Drama Executive, Claire helped oversee the development and production of dramas including Offspring, Puberty Blues, Rush, The Wrong Girl, Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms, Underground – The Julian Assange Story, Hawke, Secrets & Lies, Mr & Mrs Murder, A Model Daughter, Reef Doctors, Wonderland, Mary: The Making Of A Princess, Party Tricks and Brock. She was also the Network Executive Producer for Neighbours. An Australian Writers' Guild Award winner, Claire also received the 2009 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award from the International Emmy Foundation.

    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, producing several pilots and shows for the ABC and teaches the Applied Storytelling course for AFTRS Open.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.