Television (on any of your many devices) is Australia’s preferred entertainment activity and a vast proportion of TV viewing is still live-to-air. However, the nature of the game is rapidly changing as we find new and exciting ways to captivate attention. Broadcasters are rethinking their business models and commissioning strategies, while production companies are adapting to the new audience expectations and markets.
At our last TV Talks for 2018, we’ve asked a panel of heavy hitters in the industry to do a bit of crystal ball gazing and tell us where they think TV Industry trends are heading in 2019 and beyond.
CEO & Managing Director, ITV Studios
David Mott has over 35 years experience in the broadcast industry and before joining ITV Studios Australia as CEO and MD, he was most recently MD of Nine Network, Perth and Network Programme Executive. Prior to this he was Chief Programming Officer at Network TEN, where he commissioned hit programs including Talkin’ ‘bout your Generation, Big Brother, The Biggest Loser, Australian Idol, Masterchef and groundbreaking scripted series Offspring, Secret Life of Us and Puberty Blues.
He’s also held a number of senior roles at the Seven Network. In 2009 and 2010, David was listed in Top 5 Media People in Australia.
Head of Entertainment & Factual, ABC
Josie Mason-Campbell joined the ABC in 2017 as Head of Non-Scripted Production, now named Entertainment and Factual, with a wealth of experience within the industry and across genres. Josie now oversees the production and development of the ABCs Entertainment, Factual and Documentary slate as well as collaborating across other genres such as live Events and Arts.
Josie leads a fantastic team of industry professionals and is responsible for the commissioning and editorial of shows such as Gruen, Mad As Hell, The Weekly, Julia Zemiros Home Delivery, Anh Dos Brush with Fame, War on Waste, Back in Time For Dinner, Escape from the City and the new Tomorrow Tonight and The Recording Studio.
Prior to this, she held the position of Head of Production and Development at Foxtel since 2013. While at Foxtel, Josie was instrumental in the production of Foxtel’s non-scripted slate including successful programs such as Gogglebox, The Great Australian Bake off and Coast Australia along with the original productions Unchartered with Sam Neill, Local Justice, The Archibald and Gene-Pool Productions, Lawless. She also supervised lifestyle factual series including Grand Designs Australia, Village Vets, River Cottage Australia, Selling Houses Australia.
Before joining Foxtel, Josie worked in the independent production sector, producing shows in a variety of genres for Networks 7, 9, 10, SBS, Foxtel and ABC. Josie’s love of story and content grew while she was studying Theatre and Media at University and her production career began when she produced and directed her own documentary for the ABC, The Dalton Sisters.
National Industry Leader for Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT), PwC
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 of 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 research program: The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook, providing forecasts and commentary on the future of twelve media and telecommunications segments.
As well as being Deputy Chair of Screen Australia, Megan is Deputy Chair of the Media Federation of Australia. She holds an Executive MBA from the AGSM; a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the ANU and is a graduate of the INSEAD leadership program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Managing Director, Warner Bros Australia
In 2016, Michael joined Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia from Endemol Shine USA, where he was Senior Vice President, Programming. Michael also served as Executive Producer across many of the company’s franchise series includingMasterChef, MasterChef Junior and The Biggest Loser.
Before Endemol Shine, Michael was Senior Vice President, Programming & Development at BBC Worldwide Productions, developing and producing various titles including Top Gear USA.
Prior to joining BBC Worldwide Productions, Michael produced Dancing with the Stars and helped launch the show in both the U.S. and Australia. He began his career at the Nine Network Australia before moving to the U.S. in 2005.
Managing Director, CJZ
Nick Murray has a unique and very broad background in TV – as an indie producer and formerly as network executive in cable and free-to-air.
He 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….
A former radio producer and lapsed network lawyer, Nick’s past experience includes: General Manager (and sometime producer) at Artist Services (now ITV Studios Australia) and founding CEO of cable TV network the Comedy Channel. He set up his own indie prod co Jigsaw Entertainment in 1999.
Nick is a former President of the Screen Producers Association of Australia and looks after the fish tank at the CJZ Sydney office. He’s currently working on a narrative comedy, a one hour drama series and planning a new series of Gruen for 2019.
MC: Andrew Garrick
Andrew Garrick recently co-created and Executive Produced late-night comedy show Tonightly with Tom Ballard, having produced Comedy Next Gen, and Stand & Deliver, and directed Rookie Reporter for ABC Kids.
The previous few years before working with Aunty included developing, writing, producing and directing major TV projects for various networks and major production houses both here and abroad, including Shine, Freemantle, Beyond, as well as making documentary films around the world from the Great Barrier Reef to Malawi.
Andrew also directs lots of ads, including one just recently choreographing 14 animals to perform in a 60s one-take. His long list of credits includes the RSPCA, Westpac, Formula 1, Opera Australia, Target and Volvo. Andrew is currently Executive Producer of Development at Screentime and teaches Applied Storytelling For Business for AFTRS.
He’s also the Managing Director of Zedtown, a live zombie apocalypse experience for thousands of people at a time (yeah, it’s pretty ridiculous fun) which has recently expanded from Australia into the USA and China.
About TV Talks
TV Talks is a free networking event for the TV industry. It is an opportunity to watch, listen and laugh along with a panel of engaging industry guests with some good, old-fashioned networking afterwards. One Tuesday of each month, February through to November. RSVP is essential.