Events » Format Licensing Business Class (MLB)

Interested in selling or buying format rights for a television series? Thinking Global?

We are entertaining Australian audiences with Australian versions of international television formats, programs such as the hugely popular The X Factor, Australia’s Recipe to Riches and Grand Designs Australia (FremantleMedia Australia). We are also entertaining international audiences with our own television formats with the recent surge by other territories to remake original Australian television programs such as A Moody Christmas, Rake, The Slap and Lowdown. These opportunities in format transactions are making headlines, but what goes on in the negotiations? What do producers need to know to ensure the best deals are being made?  What is a format and what are format rights anyway?

Join Screen Producers Australia and Holding Redlich for a Business Class on format licensing, for presentations on what is a “format”, what are “format rights”, measures producers can take to protect formats and legal and commercial considerations in acquiring and licensing format rights. Join in the discussion with our panel of local producers from FremantleMedia Australia (The X Factor) Matchbox Pictures (The Slap) and High Wire Films (Lowdown). The class will be chaired by Dan Pearce from Holding Redlich.

Thursday, 29 May 2014
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Holding Redlich
Level 8
555 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Members: $90   |   Special Guilds : $120   |   Non-Members: $150


To access the Special Guilds rate you must be a financial member of: AWG, ADG, AIMIA, MEAA. You will be contact and asked to provide evidence of your membership.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are given for any cancellations made up to 48hrs prior to the Business Class, and are subject to a 25% administration fee. Refunds are not given after this period.


Adam Zwar is best known for co-creating the award-winning Australian comedy series Lowdown and Wilfred. Lowdown recently played to critical acclaim on the BBC, while the US version of Wilfred is about to begin its fourth season on the FX network, starring Elijah Wood.

Adam is also creator of the popular Agony series – Agony Uncles, Agony Aunts, The Agony of Life, The Agony of Christmas and The Agony of Modern Manners which recently screened on ABC1.

He has won two AACTA Awards, for Lowdown and Agony Aunts, two AFI Awards for Wilfred - Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Screenplay on Television, and two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards for Best Comedy, Lowdown I and Lowdown II.

Adam’s acting credits include Howzat, Rake, Rush, The Wedding Party, Tangle, SeaChange, MDA, Blue Heelers, Stingers, The Wedge and Underbelly.

His writing credits include Wilfred I and II, Lowdown I and II, Agony Aunts and Uncles, The Agony of Life, The Agony of Christmas, the feature film Rats and Cats, both seasons of The Wedge on Channel 10, and from 2006 to 2010 Adam was head writer on the AFI Awards screened on the Nine Network.

He is currently producing various titles for High Wire Films, alongside business partners Amanda Brotchie and Nicole Minchin.

Nicole is the recipient of the Greg Tepper Award for her outstanding achievement in producing and the SPAA Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award. She has produced multiple television series including This is Littleton, Lowdown (AACTA Award Winner – Best Comedy Series), twentysomething (AACTA Nominated – Best Television Comedy Series), Agony Aunts (AACTA Award Winner – Best Light Entertainment Television Series), Agony Uncles, The Agony of Life, The Agony of Christmas, The Agony of Modern Manners and the feature film The Wedding Party.

Chris Oliver-Taylor is the Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures.

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 initially as Production Manager in Queensland and then in Melbourne, being involved with Arts and Entertainment programming such as Strictly Dancing, New Inventors, Enough Rope and Spicks and Specks. He then worked as a Production Executive, overseeing the business side of ABC Drama, Arts & Entertainment and Comedy. Programs that Chris was involved with included Kath & Kim, MDA, Fireflies, We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High.

Chris was promoted to Head of Production in 2005 responsible for the production, delivery and resource allocation of the entire ABC TV slate, over 2500 hours of content. In 2008, Chris took on the role of Head Business & Operations for ABC Television, and as well as maintaining responsibility for production, took on a more strategic role, ensuring that ABC TV was best positioned in a converging media environment. He was involved in the successful Triennial funding bid that saw the ABC secure substantial additional funding for Drama and Children’s productions.

In 2011, Chris moved to the independent production sector as Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures. His role has oversight of all strategic and operational aspects of the business. Managing a team of experienced producers to deliver a diverse content plan across all networks in Australia and in partnership with majority owner, NBCUniversal internationally.

Chris is also currently deputy chairman of Screenrights and a Board member of the Screen Producers Association of Australia.

Steve Rosser has more than 20 years’ experience in legal and business roles in the film, television and music industry in the UK and Australia. He has spent the past 12 years with FMA.   

In January 2007 Steve became FMA’s Director of Legal and Business. This role was expanded to include Asia Pacific in March 2012.

Steve has previously held executive positions at Artist Services and Red Heart Productions.

Dan Pearce has 20 years experience in the media and entertainment sector, and has acted for clients including producers of programs and online content, broadcasters, distributors, aggregators, publishers and talent.

Examples of projects in which Dan has advised clients include:

Film – Not Suitable For Children, Oranges and Sunshine, My Year Without Sex, Balibo, Beautiful Kate, The Wannabes, Siam Sunset, Napoleon, Brilliant Lies
Television – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Cloudstreet, Underbelly, East of Everything, Satisfaction, Bondi Rescue, SeaChange

Bachelor of Laws - University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Economics (Accounting major) - University of Adelaide
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice - University of South Australia

Former Councillor, Screen Producers Australia
Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand