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CHRIS OLIVER-TAYLOR

FREMANTLE

Chris started his career at the BBC in London, working across a number of production roles and programs, varying from Top of the Pops and The Generation Game to Match of the Day and Westminster Live.

He emigrated to Australia in 2000 and worked at the ABC in a variety of senior roles across Drama, Entertainment and Comedy.

Chris was promoted to Head of Production in 2005 responsible for the physical production of the entire ABC TV slate, over 2500 hours of content annually. In 2008, Chris took on the role of Head Business & Operations for ABC Television, and as well as maintaining responsibility for physical production, he took on additional responsibilities including the financial management, business affairs and scheduling and broadcast operations of ABC TV.

In 2011, Chris moved to the independent production sector as Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures. The company produced a varied slate including The Real Housewives franchise, Deadline Gallipoli and Secret City for Foxtel; 7 Types of Ambiguity and Barracuda for the ABC; and Safe Harbour, The Family Law and Date My Race for SBS.   Other productions included Glitch (ABC), Wanted (Seven), Hyde & Seek (Nine) Hunters (US Syfy) and Camp (NBC). Matchbox won 20 AACTA Awards, an International Emmy, 9 TV Week Logie Awards and 9 Screen Producers of Australia Awards, including 3 times Producer of the Year whilst Chris was at the helm.

This year (2018), Chris was appointed Fremantle’s CEO Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and assumes full responsibility for the company’s overall management and business performance across these territories as well as being a member of the Fremantle Global Board. He leads the development and production of the company’s scripted and unscripted programming.

Fremantle Australia creates, produces and distributes television content including Recording Studio, Escape from the City, Family Feud, Great Australian Bake Off, Wentworth and Neighbours. Recent projects include Picnic at Hanging Rock, The X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent and Australian Idol.

CHRIS OLIVER-TAYLOR

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