Champagne Comedy: Inside the Creative and Commercial of ABC Scripted Comedy

Conference Hall 3, Level 2

Against a backdrop of falling numbers and ageing audiences for free to air TV, ABC’s scripted comedy slate has recently seen the opposite: FTA audiences both growing and younger, together with a burgeoning series slate now majority internationally co-funded. What’s the secret to the success? A panel featuring ABC’s Head of Comedy, key comedy producer Kevin Whyte, award-winning creator/star Celia Pacquola and frequent international creative/commercial partner (and SPA guest) Holly Hines revel all to moderator Stephen Luby.


Rick Kalowski – Head of Comedy, ABC
Kevin Whyte – Managing Director, Token
Celia Pacquola – Creator/Writer/Actor, RosehavenUtopia
Holly Hines (US) – SVP Content, Dynamic Television


Stephen Luby – Producer, Ruby Entertainment

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