TV FORMAT LAB
PITCH /// LEARN /// CONNECT
100% ONLINE + INTERACTIVE
Formats…. Everyone seems to love them. But what are they really? Do they just apply to the reality megaliths like Big Brother or Married at First Sight? Or can you take almost any factual idea and turn it into a format?
Building on the success of our first TV Format LAB in 2019, we are running a second one day, online lab on Sunday 12 September.
Fear not online fatigue, this will be an entertaining, (most appropriate) interactive event that will bring together the leading lights of format TV including the creators of the of the hugely successful hit shows, The Block and You Can’t Ask That?, who will share their expert knowledge and experience to guide you to develop your very own format.
In addition to gaining up to the minute industry intelligence, you will participate in a practical series of workshops where you’ll be teamed up to develop an idea in real time, creating a structure, episodic elements, run casting interviews, create a trailer and pitch the format – all in a day! This hands-on lab will equip you with the skills to build your own format from scratch whilst gaining insight into current market trends.
This interactive online lab provides incredible access to leading industry experts and broadcast commissioners including:
Darren Chau – Senior Director of Production, Discovery Inc
Julian Cress and David Barbour – creators of the hit megalith The Block
Kirk Docker and Aaron Smith – creators of You Can’t Ask That?
Tarni James – Executive Producer, Drama, Entertainment, Indigenous at ABC
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION, ANZ AT DISCOVERY INC
PRODUCER AT CAVALIER TELEVISION
CO-CREATER OF YOU CAN’T ASK THAT
CO-CREATOR OF YOU CAN’T ASK THAT
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, ENTERTAINMENT, DRAMA, INDIGENOUS AT ABC
HEAD OF ENTERTAINMENT AT ABC
GENERAL MANAGER AT C44 ADELAIDE PTY LTD
HEAD OF CONTENT AT JAMTV AUSTRALIA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AT CAVALIER TELEVISION
PRODUCER AT CORNER TABLE PRODUCTIONS
HEAD OF COMEDY AND ENTERTAINMENT AT CJZ
CEO OF MERCURY CX
YOU CAN REGISTER TO ATTEND THE LAB ONLY OR BUILD YOUR CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE BY ADDING IT TO YOUR CONFERENCE REGISTATION
TV FORMAT LAB PROGRAM
9.00 - 9.15am • ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY
9.15 - 10.00am • FORMATS 101
With Darren Chau
10.45 - 10.55am • BREAK
12.00 - 1.00pm • WHAT MAKES AN IDEA A FORMAT • PANEL & WORKSHOP
1.00 - 1.15pm • LUNCH
2.45 - 3.00pm • BREAK
3.00 - 4.15pm • HOW TO PITCH • PANEL & WORKSHOP
4.15 - 4.30pm • LEARNINGS AND WRAP UP
Marion Pilowsky and Georgia Humphrey
co-creator/directors/producers RECIPE FOR LOVE
The Screenmakers Conference presented by Mercury CX is an invaluable opportunity for screen practitioners to connect with peers and gain direct access to market decision makers. It’s rare in Australia for emerging to mid-career filmmakers to be able to share their projects directly with industry leaders, and over the years the Pitch Market has led to project finance and ongoing career opportunities.
Producer at Epic Films