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 and studio entertainment shows. Guesswork’s slate of projects includes Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, Please Like Me, Frayed (co-produced with Merman), Rosehaven, Hard Quiz, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Get Krack!n, 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 and Stan.
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 Guesswork Television and Token Group, Melbourne and Sydney-based production and management companies working with the biggest names in Australian comedy. In this role Kevin 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.
Kevin is an executive producer on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Hard Quiz, Tomorrow Tonight, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, Judith Lucy Is All Woman and Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise as well as scripted series including Please Like Me, Rosehaven, Get Krack!n and the ABC/Sky UK co-production, Frayed.
Kevin executive produced both the live tour and the Emmy-winning Netflix special for Hannah’s Gadsby’s breakthrough, Nanette. His other executive producer credits include Frayed (ABC TV/Sky UK), Rosehaven (ABC TV/SundanceTV), Please Like Me (ABC TV/Participant Media), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Hard Quiz, Get Krack!n, Tomorrow Tonight, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, Judith Lucy Is All Woman, Problems, Woodley, 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 ten new standup comedy specials launching in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video.
Token is the largest producer of live comedy in Australia, selling more than 250,000 tickets a year across the country.
Todd Abbott joined Guesswork Television in 2018 after years of collaborating with the production company. His resume as a producer, executive producer and writer is extensive and has spanned comedy, entertainment, documentary, factual, sport and current affairs.
Todd started his career as a journalist, before becoming producer of some of Australia’s best-loved entertainment and narrative comedy series. He produced Roy and H.G.’s iconic comedy/entertainment series The Dream at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Salt Lake and Athens, and also produced comedy/entertainment programs at the Olympic Games in Beijing and London. Other producing highlights include Micallef Tonight, Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey and the successful 2007 relaunch of Rove.
Prior to joining Guesswork full time, he was producer and executive producer of the hugely acclaimed, award-winning narrative comedy series Please Like Me, taking that show from concept to a global stage, making it one of Australia’s most successful international series, and opening a gateway for Australian comedy to global buyers. The series won two Logies and three AACTA Awards, was nominated as Best Comedy at the Rose d’Or and International Emmy Awards, and was named in end of year Top Ten lists by publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Slate and Entertainment Weekly.
Director of Production
Frank Bruzzese is an award-winning producer, line producer and production manager who oversees production of the entire Guesswork slate. He has worked on premium shows across multiple genres, including narrative comedy, drama, entertainment and documentary.
He produced the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning Netflix special, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette. His other producing credits include Hamish & Andy’s Caravan of Courage Aust vs NZ, Hamish & Andy's Gap Year series in Europe, Asia and South America, and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (seasons 1, 2 and 5). He won Best Light Entertainment Program AACTA Awards for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year South America and produced a series of standup comedy specials set to launch worldwide on Amazon Prime Video in 2020.
Frank’s credits as line producer and production manager include Masterchef Australia, Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam, Laid (series 2), John Safran's Jedis and Juggalos and Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey.
Olivia Lewis brings her extensive experience in documentary, studio and light entertainment, drama, comedy and government- and brand-funded TV to her position as Associate Producer, playing an instrumental role in all of Guesswork's projects, from development through to post production.
Her career has seen her take on and master roles as diverse as location scout and unit manager on Australian features and TVCs, script liaison on Neighbours, production coordinator on Grand Designs and Mad as Hell, producer on short films and music clips, production manager on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and on a brand new series of ten original standup comedy specials for Amazon Prime Video, and associate producer on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix special, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette.
Along with her love of logistics, budgeting and problem solving, Olivia has completed her Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting (RMIT) and has a passion for the creative, especially supporting women in TV and film.
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.