Rare chance to explore secrets of creating a formatted TV show

Formats, all based on challenge and combat, rule cable and broadcast television. For one day only, the secret door opens to reveal how they are invented.
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Image: Victory at Lego Masters

Getting a format up on Australian television is a daunting challenge. The shows look like a fountain of money, but they are incredibly hard to design. These days the major companies have thousands of formats defended by lawyers, while broadcasters much prefer to work off a known bible rather than take a punt on something new. 

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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.