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AFTRS' TV Talks AFTRS' TV Talks - dedicated TV industry panel discussions


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!

  • One Tuesday each month, February through to November.
  • All welcome - however places are limited and RSVP via Eventbrite is essential
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What does it take to go from TV series writer to TV series runner? TV Talks' October panelists made the change from being in charge of the script of an episode, to overseeing the narrative of an entire series. The American system of writer/showrunners is new (ish) in Australia, and local productions are now seeing it a successful way of staying true to story, and to character. This month we have a panel of successful writers who have made the transition to producing their own shows. Offspring and Devil’s Playground are both household names, but what went into bringing the characters and stories to our screens? Debra Oswald and Blake Ayshford will spill the beans and share their secrets on how it all came together, and what the experience was like for them.


  • Blake Ayshford [Writer & Producer, Barracuda & Devil’s Playground]
  • Debra Oswald [Writer & Producer, Offspring]
  • Andrew Garrick [MC]

Guest bios

Blake Ayshford is one of Australia’s most exciting new writers. He was co-writer of this year’s AWGIE nominated mini-series Barracuda, and Showrunner on the Logie and AACTA award winning Foxtel drama series Devil’s Playground, set in the clandestine world of Catholic Church politics of the 1980s. He also wrote An Accidental Soldier directed by Rachel Ward and nominated for 6 AACTA Awards, an AWGIE for Best Telemovie, and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Screenplay.

In 2015 Blake was writer of Cut Snake, the winner of the Inaugural Adelaide Film Festival/Insite award for Best Unproduced Screenplay. It was nominated for an AACTA AWARD for Best Original Screenplay, and AWGIE for Best Screenplay and Best Screenplay at the Film Critics Awards.

Other credits include ABC1 political drama Code, The Straits (for which he won an AWGIE for Best Original Miniseries), Love My Way and The Cooks (for which he won the Queensland Premiers Prize for Best Screenplay). 

Debra Oswald is co-creator/head writer of the first 5 series of Offspring and a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Award. Her other TV credits include Police Rescue, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Debra’s stage-plays have been produced around the world, including Gary's House, Mr Bailey’s Minder, Sweet Road, Dags and Stories in the Dark. She is the author of three Aussie Bite books, six novels for teenage readers and her first novel for adults, Useful, was published in 2015.

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 shows for the ABC and teaches the Applied Storytelling course for AFTRS Open.

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