Television has the ability to shape our national consciousness and government policy. It’s where Australians prefer to get their entertainment. But the traditional model is being impacted by new technology and competitors more than any other platform. Broadcasters are rethinking their business models and commissioning strategies, while production companies are adapting to the new audience expectations and the new markets.
At our last TV Talks for 2019 we have asked a panel of influential producers, broadcasters and commissioners to do a bit of crystal ball gazing and tell us where they think TV Industry trends are heading in 2020 and beyond.
The panel, moderated by Andrew Garrick, is Exec Chairman of Screentime Bob Campbell, BBC Studios Director of Production Kylie Washington, CEO of Stan Entertainment Mike Sneesby, and ABC Director of Entertainment and Specialist Michael Carrington.
Bob Campbell, Exec Chairman, Screentime
Kylie Washington, Director of Production, BBC Studios
Michael Carrington, ABC Director of Entertainment & Specialist
Mike Sneesby, CEO, Stan Entertainment
MC: Andrew Garrick
Bob Campbell has spent his career working in the media. Having held senior management positions with Network TEN ,he was appointed Managing Director and CEO of The Seven Network in 1987, a position he held until 1995. Bob formed Screentime in 1996 with Des Monaghan ,and the television production company is now a member of the Banijay Group with operations in Australia and New Zealand.
Screentime has productions in all genres including telemovies, mini-series, long from drama, comedy, entertainment and documentary. Screentime produces programs and formats that are seen in over 40 countries.
The company has produced some of Australia’s most well known and celebrated productions including the Underbelly franchise, the critically acclaimed mini-series based on Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet for Showtime, Brothers in Arms and Playing for Keeps for Network TEN, Crownies and Janet King for the ABC, Pine Gap for Netflix and Wolf Creek for Stan and long running factual and entertainment series such as Anh’s Brush with Fame for the ABC and RBT for Nine.
Kylie Washington is BBC Studios ANZ’s first Director of Production, joining in September 2018 to launch the new production arm. She has a wealth of experience in adapting international formats for the Australian market and developing and overseeing formatted factual entertainment.
In her role, Kylie exploits the rich potential of BBC Studios’ format catalogue, drives the creation of new intellectual property and builds creative partnerships between BBC Studios’ editorial teams in the UK and Australian broadcasters and digital platforms.
ABC Director of Entertainment & Specialist Michael Carrington is an award-winning broadcast executive who has worked across creative development, production management and commissioning of content in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.
He joined the ABC in 2016 as Head of Children’s content and in 2018 was appointed Head of Distribution, with responsibility for programming content from across the ABC and external acquisitions. In September 2018, Michael was appointed as acting Director Entertainment and Specialist. He was appointed Director Entertainment & Specialist in August 2019.
He previously worked at the BBC as Channel Controller and Creative Director of CBeebies, and was Chief Content Officer at Turner Broadcasting, where he was responsible for content on Cartoon Network and Boomerang and won an International Emmy Award for the series The Amazing World of Gumball. Before joining the ABC, Michael was Chief Executive Officer of Zodiak Kids Studios, in the UK and France.
As Director Entertainment & Specialist, Michael manages the ABC’s drama, comedy, Indigenous, music, children’s, entertainment and factual content across its TV and national radio networks, plus digital services such as iView. Entertainment & Specialist also includes the specialist genres of arts, science, education, religion & ethics and society & culture, and the podcast creation hub ABC Audio Studios.
Mike Sneesby is the CEO of Stan Entertainment; Australia’s leading local SVOD service which he established in 2013. Mike led Stan to its official launch in 2015 with the service becoming one of Australia’s fastest growing consumer brands – surpassing the 1.5 million active subscriber mark in just over four years. Mike was formerly the CEO of Cudo, an e-commerce joint venture between Microsoft and Nine Entertainment. Prior to that, Mike set up Saudi Arabia’s first IPTV platform, Invision, as Vice President of IPTV for the Saudi Telecom/Astro Malaysia joint venture Intigral in Dubai. Before joining Intigral, he headed Corporate Strategy and Business Development at ninemsn (Nine Digital) where he established and developed a portfolio of the company’s high growth digital media businesses. This included the start-up of MSN New Zealand and management of the EPG and listings business HWW. Prior to ninemsn, Mike led the roll out of Optus’ national ADSL broadband network – “Bigfoot.” Mike holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Andrew Garrick is best known for Creating and EP’ing late-night comedy show Tonightly on the ABC. He currently sits across the development slate at Screentime. His experience includes developing, writing, producing and directing shows for all of the local networks and major production houses, both here and abroad, including Shine, Freemantle, Screentime, Beyond and more. Andrew directs lots of commercials, most recently one with 12 dogs, and one where a guy copped a ball to the face in slow motion. Outside of Producing and Directing, Andrew 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 expanded from Australia into the USA and will just launched its first event in Asia