The Naked Creative Show Podcast

Ep 4: Greg Waters makes Television

ABC TV Writer, EP and Show Runner, Greg Waters

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Greg Waters has been an executive producer, writer and show-runner on a number of great Australian drama series. His credits include: Rake, Anzac Girls, Janet King, Paper Giants, Devil’s Dust, An Accidental Soldier, The Straights, Crownies and Dance Academy. Yet up until his early thirties he was working in politics - until he decided to defect to study at AFTRS, the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

His most recent achievements are the second series of the tripped-out sketch comedy series ‘Soulmates’ starring Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier (aka The Bondi Hipsters) as well as what is sure to be one of the countries biggest TV events of the year, the political drama Secret City which premier’s on Foxtel’s Showcase this Sunday, June 5.

Though he is incredibly modest, I did get him to open up about his process - some of which I witnessed first-hand as Greg and I have been housemates over the past few years.

An absolute culture vulture, Greg is constantly absorbing information and inspiration around what he is interested in – or about the world that is relevant to what he is creating. He sees every play, every major TV drama, and every time I asked him if he’d heard of a podcast, he was all over it. He is also an indie music boffin and a regular attendee of alt music festival ‘Splendour in the Grass’. Talk about ‘filling your well’!

I was very happy to sit down with my friend and reluctant mentor, Greg Waters.

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Greg Water's recommended list of Australian books about TV writing

Top Shelf 1 by Greg Haddrick is a practical guide to Australian TV writers by one of the best and most successful TV writers in Australia.
Top Shelf 2 is Greg’s selection of outstanding TV scripts by great writers.

The Circuit contains the screenplays of 6 episodes of the SBS series - The Circuit. The script producer Kelly Le Fever is a great TV writer but also a wonderful mentor and teacher of writing, the screenplays give great insight into how to structure a scene, an episode and a series.


Scriptwriting Updated is by scriptwriter and academic Linda Aronson

Big screen, Small Screen by Coral Drouyn is an interesting how-to-guide.

It is also worth reading the big names of US screenwriting - McKee, Vogler, Syd Field, Blake Snyder because they help you to understand some of the language that writing rooms will be using.

Trailer for the Foxtel original series 'Secret City', premiering June 5 on Showcase.

Greg's recommended Australian books about TV writing

"Top Shelf 1 by Greg Haddrick is a practical guide to Australian TV writers by one of the best and most successful TV writers in Australia.
Top Shelf 2 is Greg’s selection of outstanding TV scripts by great writers.

The Circuit contains the screenplays of 6 episodes of the SBS series - The Circuit. The script producer Kelly Lefever is a great TV writer but also a wonderful mentor and teacher of writing, the screenplays give great insight into how to structure a scene, an episode and a series.

Scriptwriting Updated is by scriptwriter and academic Linda Aronson

Big screen, Small Screen by Coral Drouyn is an interesting how-to-guide.

It is also worth reading the big names of US screenwriting - McKee, Vogler, Syd Field, Blake Snyder because they help you to understand some of the language that writing rooms will be using."