Hungry Beast team revealed

By David Knox on September 10, 2009 / Filed Under News 22

danilicDan Ilic is one of the 7 on air presenters in Hungry Beast the new media project from Andrew Denton and Anita Jacoby.

Ilic, remembered from his role in The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, is known for his savvy and satirical digs at the wider media including his now infamous Freeview parody on YouTube and as a writer of the fringe theatre piece ‘Beaconsfield The Musical.’

The seven who are fronting the ABC series are aged from 20 to 28 years old and have diverse backgrounds and experiences in media, journalism, documentary, radio, online broadcasting and events.

hb3The others are: Marc Fennell (24 from NSW, known from Triple J and SBS’ The Movie Show), Jessicah Mendes (27 from WA), Veronica Milsom (24 from Vic), Kieran Ricketts (26 from NSW), Chris Leben (20 from Vic) and Kirk Docker (28 from Vic).

Joining them are another 12 young Aussies aged 20-30 from Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales who will act as Researchers, Web Content Producers, Shooters / Directors, Editors and Graphics.

Their selection follows an extensive nationwide search that netted 1130 applications, which were whittled down to 60 interviews. During their lengthy pre-production training the lucky 19 were versed in everything from story conferencing, location shoots, defamation, editing, research and writing.

During this period, industry experts appeared as guest speakers including Seven’s Peter Meakin, John Safran, Richard Neville, Catherine Lumby, Julian Morrow, Chas Licciardello and David Marr.

hb1With the resources to tell new stories, the Hungry Beast project is being likened to the ABC’s discovery of new voices through Race Around the World, Beatbox and Fly TV.

Under the banner “Tell Us Something We Don’t Know,” the 10 part half hour series will also be complemented by a website where viewers can submit stories to potentially be included on-air.

Executive Producer Anita Jacoby (Enough Rope, The Gruen Transfer) says, “Even though they are very different – some come from a serious journalistic background, others are natural piss-takers – they each have key qualities that we are looking for. They are hugely motivated and hard working.

“They are voracious consumers of all kinds of media, not just the usual sources. They have well thought-out views on why a lot of contemporary television doesn’t speak to them anymore – and they are confident enough to think they can do better.”

hb2Series Producer Andy Nehl (Beatbox, Blah Blah Blah, Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure, The Chaser’s War on Everything) said, “This is a very media savvy group. Although new to television, many of them are multi-skilled and have already created some memorable content for the web.

“We can’t wait to see how new people, raised in the Google, Twitter and cable universe, interpret the world.”

It premieres 9pm Wednesday September 30th on ABC1.


  1. Alice November 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm -

    Hungry Beast is awesome! Very funny!

  2. Ash October 9, 2009 at 11:26 pm -

    Cracking show. Some parts a little weird but no doubt happens with so many involved and could end up being part of it’s charm. Have caught both shows so far and happy it’s joined the great ABC line-up for Wednesday night.

  3. g October 7, 2009 at 10:47 pm -

    this program is trash – waste of money! opportunity lost – its patronising and pathetic move on

  4. wondering September 30, 2009 at 8:52 am -

    why is everyone on this show white?

  5. Charlie September 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm -

    Marc is a great addition to the show, we’ll c how this show goes :)

  6. KD September 11, 2009 at 3:10 pm -

    this sounds awful if dan ilic is the main guy, then it shows how out of touch the networks are with what young people are into!

  7. The Way It Is September 11, 2009 at 11:52 am -

    Dan Ilic is one of those guys who thinks he’s a lot funnier than he is. Trust me.

  8. Kuttsywood September 11, 2009 at 12:54 am -

    And one of them left a comment here in this post, guess which one.

  9. Rob Cliff September 10, 2009 at 11:31 pm -

    Hey, stop hanging crap on Marc. I actually met him in person and he’s a really nice guy. Plus his segment on JTV and film reviews he does are awesome!

    So stop hating!

  10. Chris Leben September 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm -

    I have a feeling this show is going to get renamed “The Dan Ilic Half Hour”

  11. Mike Retter September 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm -

    Marc does these film reviews which treat the audience like idiots. He is arrogant and unfunny. I hope he lifts his game, dousnt dumb down the content or attempt comedy this time round.

  12. Dre September 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm -

    You’re kidding right?? Marc Fennell is awesome!! He lacks the arrogance lots of young ‘stars’ seem to think they have a right to have. And he earned my respect with his fresh style. I’m glad he’s in the mix. I reckn he’ll deliver in this gig. We’ll see won’t we!

    Don’t know Dan’s stuff- lookin fwd to seeing him in this gig. And others…… Hope theyre down to earth and not painful like almost everyone on tv right now

  13. sexyback September 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm -

    Why are people so harsh on Marc? I really really like him.

  14. JH September 10, 2009 at 9:32 pm -

    Show sounds like a great opportunity.
    hope it goes well.

  15. Mike Retter September 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm -

    Tell me about it. The guy is so uninteresting. Producors may like him but what comes out of tube sucks. The most unfunny guy in the world.

  16. Andy September 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm -

    urghhhh Marc Fennell? Seriously? How does this guy keep getting gigs? Did he just turn up on the first day?

  17. NW September 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm -

    Looks like a fantastic series, cannot wait for its premiere. Once again, more quality programming from the ABC.

  18. Dan Ilic September 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm -

    Dan Ilic is a talentless hack…

  19. Alex T September 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm -

    Should be really interesting.. Looking forward to it!

  20. JB September 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm -

    Ouch for SA…just ouch…

  21. Mike Retter September 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm -

    Marc Fennell sucks. I cant beleive they pick such a mainstreem cruze through life borring host. He dumbed down the Movie Show and has an awful segment on JTV.
    I wouldnt normally bag someone from a show like this but he has been given loads of chances and I dont see how he fits the bill of new discovered tallent at all. I was really looking forward to this show and its proposed alternative style but my expectations are dropped.

    I think the guy from Ronnie Johns, Dan ILac is a tallent. He can be quite amusing.

  22. David Knox September 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm -

    And at least two are avid readers of TV Tonight. Congrats guys!

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