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TV Talks: Make It Bigger

09 Jul 2019,
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Australian Film Television and Radio School

As audiences have more and more options for their watching, just how big can our entertainment TV be? Is it all about being bigger and more outrageous than the last show, or is it really all about heart and character? As social media rises and noisiness becomes a necessity for the success of any show – what chance is there to balance crazy with relatability.

Join Adrian Swift, Caroline Spencer, Paul Clarke and Shaun Murphy as they discuss how they make some of the biggest shows on Australian television, and how they continue to craft stories and ideas for us to love, discuss, and be outraged by. They may also reveal the most outrageous ideas they’ve ever pitched, or been pitched – and we’ll definitely get some good Eurovision stories.


Adrian Swift: Head of Content Development and Production, Nine Network
Caroline Spencer: Director of Unscripted, Fremantle Media
Paul Clarke: Ep and Australian Creative Lead – Eurovision
Shaun Murphy: Head of TV, Warner Bros
MC: Andrew Garrick – Producer/Director

Adrian Swift

Adrian Swift is the Nine Network’s Head of Content Production & Development working across the Nine Network of traditional broadcast and digital. His role involves working with internal teams and external production partners to commission and develop shows that embody Nine’s brand and attract broad, mainstream audiences on any device. He works across on-air, digital and social media to ensure Nine program brands reach the biggest possible audience wherever they are. Adrian was a guest at the very first TV talks talking about the just-launched first series of The Voice – and seven years later it is still a broadcasting force.

Caroline Spencer

Caroline Spencer leads the development and production process for all non-scripted content at Fremantel Media Australia as well as adapting international formats like Australia’s Got Talent for the Australian market. Prior to this appointment Caroline had great success as an Executive Producer with FMA on programs such as MasterChef, The Farmer Wants A Wife and Recipe to Riches. Caroline has been with FMA since 2008.

Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke is the creative director and founder of Blink TV. With SBS, Paul  negotiated Australia’s entry into Eurovision over the last ten years, and has produced each artist and their staging over the past five years, including Kate Miller-Heidke’s award-winning performance this year. He was also the EP and Creative Director on Eurovision: Australia Decides 2019. As an entertainment originator, he was co-creator of Recovery, Long Way To The Top, Spicks and Specks, and last year’s series Show Me The Movie was a success for Network Ten. The documentary series he has directed: Bombora, Whitlam and Brilliant Creatures for the ABC are widely recognised as creative works of influence.

MC Andrew Garrick

Andrew Garrick is best known for Creating and EP’ing late-night comedy show Tonightly on ABC Comedy. Prior to working at Aunty, his experience included 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, including one just recently choreographing 14 animals to perform in a 60s one-take, and one where a guy copped a ball to the face in slow motion.

Outside of Producing and Directing, 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 will shortly tour across Asia.

Shaun Murphy

Shaun Murphy is Head of Television for Warner Bros. International TV Production Australia. Shaun has creative oversight of all WB brands, spanning Entertainment, Factual and Reality. From The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, to Little Big Shots with Shane Jacobson, Dancing With The Stars, First Dates and Who Do You Think You Are, as well as upcoming studio shows The Masked Singer and The Proposal.