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Find out whose big idea will become Australia's next top reality show.
In honour of Reg Grundy – founding father of Australian genre television, and the creative mind behind SALE OF THE CENTURY, PRISONER and NEIGHBOURS – AACTA is searching for Australia’s next big reality television concept. From 1,000 applications, AACTA has narrowed the competition down to the final five, all vying for the $50k development prize and a chance to see their big idea on screen!
Chris Culvenor is among the world’s most successful and prolific TV program creators and producers, responsible for a …long list of hit TV franchises both in the US and Australia. Shows that Culvenor has created include HOLEY MOLEY (ABC), DATING AROUND (Netflix), FAKE OFF (TruTV), THE BIG DEAL (TNT), BILLION DOLLAR BUYER (CNBC), RESTAURANT STARTUP (CNBC), GOING WILD (NatGeo), THE CHEFS’ LINE (SBS), THE REAL DIRTY DANCING (Seven), BEHAVE YOURSELF (Seven), THE SINGLE WIVES (Seven), THE SHIRE (TEN) and WAG NATION (Arena).
Marion ‘Maz’ Farrelly, The CEO Whisperer, Speaker, Consultant, TV and Film Producer. If you’ve watched it, Maz pro…bably made it and won an international award for it – the biggest brands in the world with the biggest teams, budgets and stars. She’s produced shows in London, LA and Australia – BIG BROTHER, DANCING WITH THE STARS, THE X FACTOR, THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE, and co-created Q&A for the ABC. With decades in media, Maz is a regular guest on podcasts and TV shows which are then picked up by press. Maz started her career as a magazine journalist and stylist in London, has been executive editor of Format Entertainment at the BBC UK London, Director of Television Content, Fremantle Media Australia & Creative Strategist for BBC World-Wide. Maz now runs Maz Speaks, which does one thing – makes sure you get attention for the right reasons. Maz believes all business is show business, and to cut through you have to nail your first minute – nail that and you’re in business – literally.
Ian Hogg is an awarded media industry leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist with a global career spanning four contine…nts across 25 years. Most recently, he led Fremantle as the Regional CEO for Australia and Asia Pacific and sat on the Global Operating Board. He is a passionate believer in idea generation and execution, storytelling, creatives, creativity, disruption and the power of media to deliver a narrative that can make a real difference in an industry that cannot, and will never, stand still.
Sharon Wheeler is an award-winning Senior Entertainment Executive, who has created more than 30 original series and Exec…utive Produced over 2,000 hours of unscripted programming. Her shows have been licensed and produced in dozens of territories. As founder and President of Wheeler/Sussman Productions based in Los Angeles, her hit original formats include: MTV’s SINGLED OUT, Fox’s EXTREME-DATING, THE LAST RESORT, TRIVIAL PURSUIT: AMERICA PLAYS, JUDGE ALEX and REUNION TOUR. As part of Reg Grundy’s U.S. production operations, she helped develop and adapt Grundy International Series for American audiences, including PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H, IT’S A KNOCKOUT, SCRABBLE, MANN O’ MANN and QUESTIONS POUR UN CHAMPION.