Chris Oliver-Taylor

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

Chris Oliver-Taylor
CEO, Fremantle (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, China)

Chris Oliver-Taylor 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, Oliver-Taylor 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, Oliver-Taylor 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.

Oliver-Taylor’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, Oliver-Taylor 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.

Wednesday 28 August 2019-61

09:20 AM09:40 AM

Chris Oliver-Taylor, Fremantle’s CEO leading production in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India and China, Sakti Parantean, Co-Managing Director for Fremantle Indonesia, and Salman Aristo, Chief Executive of Indonesian production house Wahana Kreator talk about extending The Sacred Riana brand beyond stage, theatrical screens and social media, and leveraging her outsize popularity across new platforms and opportunities for Indonesian content at home and around the world. The shift into premium drama marks Fremantle Indonesia’s move into the world beyond long-running iconic game shows and family competitions such as "The Price is Right" and "Family Feud".