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Directing is called an art, and producing a skill - but is trying to do them as a job in the Australian industry really just one long hustle?

Is “The Art of The Hustle" an "American" trait we're learning? And is it an essential trait to have for success in our industry? Why do creative people hate being seen to "work" for what they love?

Three industry creatives at different stages of their careers - Banijay Screentime CEO Rory Callaghan, Nick Hayden, EP Entertainment at ABC TV, and Michelle Hardy, Producer of the soon-to-be hit sketch comedy series Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am - discuss wearing out your shoe leather in search of a commissioner who understands what you're saying - and has the dollars to make it happen. And they’ll tell us (and MC Andrew Garrick) if they think they’ve ever really had a pop-the-champagne moment in the world of TV - or expect to in the future.

  • Rory Callaghan [CEO, Banijay Screentime]
  • Nick Hayden [Executive Producer, Entertainment, ABC TV]
  • Michelle Hardy [Producer, Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am]
  • Andrew Garrick [MC]
Guest Bios:

Rory Callaghan joined Screentime as CEO in 2015. With a current slate of productions including the highly anticipated series The Secret Daughter for Channel 7, Undressed for SBS2 and the second series of Stop Laughing This Is Serious for ABC TV, the company is currently in development of a number of productions including the recently announced third series of the celebrated drama Janet King for ABC TV.

Rory previously held the title of Executive Director at Shine Australia. He was responsible for the growing catalogue of all Shine Group formats in Australia and New Zealand in addition to those of Zodiak & Talpa where Shine is the local partner. He also focused on the strategic roll out of new and emerging content streams including scripted content. Recent shows commissioned include The Bachelor (Ten), Embarrassing Bodies Down Under (Lifestyle), Aussie Pickers (A&E), SlideShow (Seven), the first Shine drama INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (Seven), Catching Milat (Seven), Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door (Seven) and Brock (Ten).

Previously CEO of Southern Star, Rory oversaw major growth in Southern Star’s drama output with productions including Offspring, Rush, Rescue, Spirited, Puberty Blues and Paper Giants. He consolidated Southern Stars’ non-scripted output with the continued success of Deal Or No Deal, and reality franchises Beauty and the Geek and Undercover Boss. Formerly Director of Programs at Endemol Southern Star (ESS), he was later promoted to Managing Director of ESS and was made CEO when Endemol acquired 100% of the independent production company in 2009. Prior to Southern Star, Rory was Managing Director of Granada Productions, the local arm of ITV. There he brought Dancing With The Stars to Australia and developed a varied slate of formats including Australia's Next Top Model and Australian Princess. Prior to that he spent 10 years at the Nine Network producing programs such as The Footy Show, The Logie Awards and The National IQ Test.

Nick Hayden is a Sydney based producer with over 9 years experience in television and content production. Currently he is an Executive Producer for ABC Entertainment with heaps of super cool top-secret stuff in the works. Prior to that he created and was founding EP of the Walkley-and-Logie-losing news and comedy series The Feed for SBS. He did however once win a Cannes Gold Lion for his work on the comedy series The Great Crusade for Qantas. Nick was one of thousands of applicants selected by Andrew Denton and Anita Jacoby to be a writer, producer and presenter on Hungry Beast, and he’s worked for just about every network in Australia (except one).

Michelle Hardy has produced award-winning screen content since 1999. In the past three years she has produced four shows for the ABC, including the International Emmy® Award winning multi-platform ABC2 comedy series #7DaysLater. In 2014 she was the Series Producer of Back Seat Drivers, an 11 x 30 minute comedy entertainment series for ABC2 and also Timothy, a half hour narrative comedy broadcast pilot that was made as part of Mental As, ABC’s Mental Health Week.

Michelle most recently produced Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am, a half hour pilot selected for the Fresh Blood initiative. The full 6 x 30 minute series of Wham Bam has been commissioned by ABC and NBC Universal’s comedy streaming channel Seeso with the support of Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

While in London in the early part of her career, Michelle produced award winning branded content for clients including the Bank of England, Transport For London, Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco, Eurostar, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Bid Committee, Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, PricewaterhouseCoopers and HM Treasury. Michelle also has a number of short film credits in her portfolio and was the line producer of feature documentary We Are The People We’ve Been Waiting For, executive produced by BAFTA and Oscar winning Lord David Puttnam.

On returning to Sydney in 2010, Michelle worked across numerous lifestyle programs for the Seven Network including Weekend Sunrise, The Great Outdoors, New Idea TV and Better Homes and Gardens as well as producing branded content for agencies, networks and production companies.

Michelle is the co-founder of Hardy White Pictures with Director Erin White and their production company was recently a recipient of a Screen Australia Gender Matters Brilliant Careers development grant. This grant will see Hardy White develop six drama series in 2017.

MC: Andrew Garrick has produced and directed major TV projects for all the free to air channels as well as for MTV and BBC Worldwide. As Executive Producer for content at ad agency Ensemble Australia he was in a role which required more hustle than any one person should experience. 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 currently hustles for himself through The Production Group, which has two shows in development with ABC, as well as working on a feature film with Beyond Screen.

Last updated 15 August 2016

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