Guesswork Television works with the finest and funniest creators and stars in Australian television and pairs them with teams that are passionate about making great, global TV.
Guesswork Television is a full-service production company with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, specialising in narrative comedy, authored documentary, studio entertainment shows and podcasts. Guesswork’s slate of projects includes Hannah Gadsby: Something Special, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, Queerstralia, Please Like Me, Frayed (co-produced with Merman), The ABC of, Rosehaven, Hard Quiz, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Get Krack!n, Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival, Tomorrow Tonight, The Katering Show (Season 2), Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, Judith Lucy is All Woman, Problems and The Edge of the Bush, as well as live standup comedy specials for Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+ and Stan. Guesswork has also produced Audible Original podcasts, How to be Gay, Slushy, The Time Traveller's Guide to Not Dying and Disappointments. Guesswork most recently produced Deadloch, Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan's feminist noir series, which is now streaming on Prime Video.
Since kicking off in earnest in 2012, Guesswork shows and their creators have bagged a Primetime Emmy and multiple other awards including Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, Logie Awards, Writers’ Guild Awards, Screen Producers Awards and numerous other guild awards. In 2018, Guesswork Television was honoured by its peers as the Screen Production Business of the Year.
Guesswork Distribution launched in 2017 to handle exploitation of Guesswork Television’s growing slate of original series, innovative formats and award-winning stand-up.
Development is supported by The Screen Australia Enterprise Fund.
Kevin Whyte is the Managing Director of Token Group, Melbourne and Sydney-based production and management companies, which include Guesswork Television. Token works with the biggest names in Australian comedy and is the largest producer of live comedy in Australia, selling more than 250,000 tickets a year across the country.
For Guesswork, Kevin executive produced the live tour and the Emmy-winning Netflix special for Hannah’s Gadsby’s Nanette and most recently their new Netflix special Something Special. Other executive producer credits include scripted series Frayed (ABC TV/Sky UK), Rosehaven (ABC TV/SundanceTV), Please Like Me (ABC TV/Participant Media), Problems (ABC TV), Woodley (ABC TV), Get Krack!n (ABC TV/Seeso); non-scripted series Queerstralia, The ABC of, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Hard Quiz, Tomorrow Tonight, Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival (Stan), Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, Judith Lucy Is All Woman, Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise and The Katering Show (all for ABC TV), Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia (Foxtel), One Night Stan (Stan) and various stand-up comedy specials across Amazon Prime Video and Paramount+. Kevin has also been the executive producer on Audible Original podcasts, How to be Gay, Slushy, The Time Traveller's Guide to Not Dying and Disappointments. Kevin is the executive producer on the Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan feminist noir series, Deadloch, which is now streaming on Prime Video.
Kevin also acts as Managing Director for Rove McManus’s Roving Enterprises, working on shows such as The Project, Rove Live, The ARIA Awards and Before The Game, and he is an executive producer on the Josh Thomas series Everything's Gonna Be Okay on Freeform.
Jon joined Guesswork Television in February 2020. He has worked on The Weekly and Tomorrow Tonight during their pandemic rebuilds, and this year shepherded The ABC Of to screen, among many other projects. He is also the co-creator of ABC programs Gruen and You Can’t Ask That. From 2014-2017 he was the Head of Entertainment at ABC TV. During that time he commissioned new programs including The Weekly, Luke Warm Sex, Hard Quiz, Dream Gardens, The House with Annabel Crabb, Growing Up Gracefully and Sammy J’s Playground Politics. Prior to the ABC , he worked at Zapruder’s/CJZ on Enough Rope With Andrew Denton, Hungry Beast, Randling, Elders, The Joy Of Sets, Can Of Worms and Reality Check. Jon’s career began in print journalism at music magazine RAM. He spent 17 years as a writer and editor at the Sydney Morning Herald where he was, among other things, instrumental in the creation of the smh.com.au news site. He has written four books and edited six others.
Head of Scripted
Tanya Phegan is an Australian based Film and Television Producer and Senior Media Executive.
Tanya is the Co-Creator and Producer of Operation Buffalo (Porchlight Films, 2020) a six-part drama series for ABC Australia. The series won Best Comedy Award at the Berlin TV Series Festival, 2020.
Tanya worked for over a decade in the UK and US in international development, production and acquisitions. In the UK, she held roles at Universal Pictures, BBC Films and DNA Films/Fox Searchlight. She developed projects with the UK's top creative talent, working on films including The Last King of Scotland, 28 Weeks Later, Dredd, The History Boys, Never Let Me Go, Sunshine, Notes on a Scandal, Far from the Madding Crowd and 360°. In the US, Tanya curated 'Your Film Festival' with YouTube/Scott Free with the winner creating a new work produced by Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender.
Tanya is currently the Head of Scripted at Guesswork Television and is responsible for overseeing the development and production of Guesswork’s scripted slate. She is the Executive Producer on Deadloch, Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan's feminist noir series, which is currently streaming on Prime Video.
Head of Legal
Sarah Bradly-McKay joined Guesswork Television and the Token Group as the Head of Legal in early 2019. She brings over 20 years of broad commercial law experience gained in both Australia and New Zealand, in private practice and in-house.
Sarah began her legal career at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers before moving on to specialise in advertising/marketing/media law at Anisimoff Legal. She was also sole legal counsel at NHNZ (a New Zealand based international production company making factual television programs for global broadcasters).
Sarah advises on Guesswork’s projects across all stages of development and production from initial contracting to legal clearance.
Emily Edington completed a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Media Studies in 2013. Shortly after graduating, Emily moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she worked with Microsoft assisting a diverse range of technology development teams including MSN, Xbox and Skype.
She returned to Australia and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 2016 starting at Sanicki Lawyers, a boutique commercial, intellectual property and entertainment legal practice specialising in creative industries.
Emily joined Guesswork Television and the Token Group in late 2019. She now works on Guesswork's projects, advising across all stages of development and production from initial contracting to legal clearance.
Ashley completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Communications (Advertising) in 2015, and was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in 2016.
His previous roles include paralegal at entertainment law firm, Lydon Sayer-Jones & Associates, Business Affairs Executive at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC Commercial division), volunteer lawyer at the Arts Law Centre of Australia, and Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ashley joined Guesswork Television and Token Group in late 2021, and advises Guesswork across all stages of its production projects. Additionally, Ashley provides legal support to Token Group’s Token Artists, Token Events, and Creative Representation businesses.
Heather Pritchard is General Manager of Guesswork Television and the Token Group. Heather is a Chartered Accountant, beginning her career at Price Waterhouse and holds a Masters in Business Administration. Prior to joining Guesswork Heather held a number of management roles within the Village Roadshow Group of companies.
Heather oversees the financing of Guesswork Television productions and was Financial Controller on Guesswork's recent production of Frayed. Heather works with our partners and producers to ensure that our productions are of the highest standard in terms of financial operations, technology and human resource policies and procedures.
Georgina joined the Guesswork team after working at Token Artists for 16 years as executive assistant to the company's founder and Managing Director, Kevin Whyte. She brings her wealth of expertise in talent management, business and legal affairs and liaising with networks, distributors, government and funding bodies to her role as Associate Producer.
She works closely with program creators across all stages of development and production - from workshops to funding to writing to shoot to post production and delivery.
Georgina is also the primary contact for Guesswork Distribution and program sales.
Hailing from Brisbane with a background in criminal law, Kathryn joined the Guesswork team in 2022 as the Development Coordinator. With over 5 years of experience coordinating and producing content across production, post-production, radio and digital content, Kathryn is a self-identified pop-culture connoisseur. Kathryn made the career jump from criminal law to work on the last-ever season of Neighbours, where she had the opportunity to be trained in coordinating, scheduling and script-writing – advising and consulting on criminal storylines. Her deep passion for comedy storytelling was born in her law revue sketch theatre days at QUT.
At Guesswork, Kathryn works closely with the team to provide support in researching and coordinating upcoming projects.