Chris Oliver Taylor

CEO, Fremantle (Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Indonesia)

Chris Oliver-Taylor,
Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific

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

In 2000, he emigrated to Australia and worked at the ABC in a variety of senior roles across drama, entertainment and comedy. Five years later, he became Head of Production 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 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 Australian slate including The Real Housewives franchise, Deadline Gallipoli and Secret City (Foxtel); 7 Types of Ambiguity and Barracuda (ABC), Hyde & Seek (Nine); and Safe Harbour, The Family Law and Date My Race (SBS). Under him, Matchbox won 20 AACTA Awards, an International Emmy, nine TV Week Logie Awards and nine Screen Producers of Australia Awards, including three times Producer of the Year.

Chris’s Executive Producer credits include The Slap (NBC/ABC Australia), The Heights (ABC Australia), Glitch (Netflix/ABC Australia) and Wanted (Seven Network Australia). He was also the Lead Executive in Australia for Camp (NBC) and Hunters (Syfy).

In 2018, Chris was appointed Fremantle’s CEO Asia Pacific, assuming 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. His next project will be as Executive Producer of the just announced ABC drama, Barons, which will be launched in 2020.