AACTA Reg Grundy award nominations

TV pioneer Reg Grundy was a very smart business person, so his name on an award to develop game shows is fitting.
Reg Grundy with his Wheel of Fortune at Channel 9

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has announced the finalists for Year Two of an award named in honour of Reg Grundy, pioneer of game shows and repackager of foreign formats. Also Neighbours, The Young Doctors and Prisoner.

Awards have become a prime publicity tool because the givers make money out of running the ceremony and the winners get attention so they can sell something. Even a medal at the Olympics is reported as a dud if the athlete doesn’t get a sponsorship deal. With no pretensions to art and meaning, this award is a pragmatic commercial tool, crafted to gain attention.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.