Andrew Denton to give Head Jobs to Cobras

It’s been a while since Andrew Denton had anything to do with radio. He cut his teeth with Doug Mulray’s Breakfast Show in Triple M’s heyday and went on to front his own historic stint on the station in the late 1990s.

Once described as,“the thinking woman’s crumpet” Denton’s been drawn out of retirement (having sold his production company, Zapruders Other Films) to act as keynote speaker at this year’s National Radio Conference in Melbourne on Friday, 17 October. 

About his session entitled titled Giving Head Jobs to Cobras,  Denton says “Cumes, sweeps, relatability, Klout – I will be talking about absolutely none of these things. I will be talking about creative joy and how to find it. And I’ll chuck in a few radio horror stories just to keep you interested.”

None are more qualified than Andrew Denton to speak about creativity. Following his enormous success in radio he became a leader in television.

From his groundbreaking early work on ABC TV (Blah Blah Blah, The Money or the Gun, World Series Debating, Live & Sweaty); through to his work hosting and producing the hugely successful Enough Rope; he is the man who introduced The Chaser to Australian television (Election Chaser, CNNNN); and later, and as co-creator and Executive Producer of The Gruen Transfer, Gruen Planet, 30 seconds, Elders, Hungry Beast, AFP, Can of Worms, Joy of Sets, Randling and more – all through the production company he created and helmed, Zapruders Other Films.

Denton’s session outline explains he will be drawing on his extensive experience ‘working around people who actually knew what they were doing.’  He plans to give his top ,072 tips for making it all the way to the middle in the media without losing any of your inner arsehole.  The session comes with the warning: This talk contains name-drops and traces of Randling.

Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) chief executive officer, Joan Warner, said, “Andrew has produced outstanding award winning entertainment and worked with and nurtured incredible Australian talent and we’re looking forward to his keynote presentation.”  

A complete National Radio Conference program is available here.  


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