If you’re an aspiring TV professional in need of a role model, benchmark, or someone to get your stuff made, chances are they’ll be in the Fairfax 50 most influential people in Australian television list. The who’s who of the local biz has traditionally been a collection of movers and shakers of the aging white male variety but this latest list indicates that the Australian television industry is becoming less of a stuffy old-boys club which can only be a good thing for local viewers craving the kind diversity that is gradually seeping in from the edges.   

Keep an eye out for:
 
THE PLAYERS

Julie Ward, executive producer, The Voice


Brian Walsh, director of television, Foxtel

John Edwards, and Imogen Banks, Jacquelin Perske and Mimi Butler, Southern Star

Mark and Carl Fennessy, Shine Australia

Rikkie Proost, executive producer, My Kitchen Rules

Adrian Swift, director of development, Nine Network

Bob Campbell and Des Monaghan, Screentime Australia

Ian Hogg, Jason Stephens and Jo Porter, Fremantle Media

Leonie Lowe, CEO, ITV Studios


Janeen Faithfull
, CEO, Southern Star

Angelos Frangopoulos, CEO, Sky News

Nick Murray, Andrew Denton and Michael Cordell, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder
Chris Oliver-Taylor, Debbie Lee, Penny Chapman and Tony Ayres, Matchbox Pictures

Tony Iffland, director of content, SBS


THE ARTISANS

Peter Andrikidis, director – East West 101, Wildside, G.P.

Kevin Carlin, director  – The Wedge, Newstopia, Packed to the Rafters

Bevan Lee, network script executive, Seven

THE RISING STARS 

Adam Zwar, High Wire Films – Lowdown, Agony Uncles, Agony Aunts and The Agony of Life

Asher Keddie and Lachy Hulme, actors

Rick Kalowski, creative director, Quail Television

– Writing credits including Comedy Inc. and Double Take. Kalowski co-created At Home with Julia
Hamish Macdonald
, senior foreign correspondent, Ten


Robyn Butler
and Wayne Hope, Gristmill

The Librarians, Very Small Business

THE INNOVATORS


Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, Hoodlum – specialise in multi-platform projects


THE MASTER PROGRAMMERS 

Michael Healy, director of television, Nine Network

Tim Worner, chief executive, Seven Network


THE TRIPLE THREATS  


Brendan Cowell, Claudia Karvan, Chris Lilley and Shaun Micallef, actor-writer-producer-directors

THE MONEY MAN
Harold Mitchell, executive chairman, Aegis Media

Via SMH
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