Head of Entertainment & Factual Programming to depart 10 / Paramount

"I’m so grateful for the creative challenges entrusted to me," says Stephen Tate as he departs broadcaster after more than 20 years.

Stephen Tate, 10’s long serving and regarded Head of Entertainment & Factual Programming, will depart Paramount Australia and New Zealand after more than two decades with the broadcaster.

Tate has been responsible for some of Network 10’s most successful franchises including Australian Idol, Big Brother, Australian Survivor, The Bachelor Australia, The Masked Singer Australia, The Amazing Race Australia and of course I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

A long congaline of shows also incudes Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Rove Live, Todd Sampson’s Body Hack AACTA and ARIA Awards.

Beverley McGarvey, Executive Vice President, Chief Content Officer & Head of Paramount+, Paramount Australia & New Zealand said: “Stephen has brought incredible energy, passion, and tireless creativity to our shows for over 20 years and will be greatly missed by the entire team.

“Not only is Stephen a brilliant executive producer but he has been critical in casting so many, now household, names in all our favourite shows. As he moves to the next chapter of his career, we all wish him the best and we will miss his infectious enthusiasm.”

Stephen said: “My time at Network 10 and more recently Paramount ANZ truly has been a privilege. I’m so grateful for the creative challenges entrusted to me but most importantly the deep and enduring friendships forged both within this fantastic organisation and with all our amazing suppliers in the Australian production community.

“I leave in an exciting new era in our industry, with a fully-charged battery for the next adventure.”

His departure follows an announcement last week of long-serving Drama boss Rick Maier to become a Creative Advisor in 2024.

Tate will depart this Friday, September 1st.

5 Responses

  1. Given the four lowest-rated entertainment premieres in Australian TV history have now all happened on Ten within the last eleven months (Traitors, Real Love Boat, Challenge Australia, and now the Shark Tank reboot), it’s a wonder the other execs at Ten aren’t being forced to follow him out the door.

    1. That’s exactly what I was thinking also. Also, ST leaves tomorrow, according to the TvT story, so I assume he had a minimum exit advice clause, so I’d also assume his moving on date has been known for some time inside 10, so releasing it to the media 4 days before he leaves is a bit weird. With such a good operator as Rick Maier going a week before, and now a competent and long-standing operator in ST going, I’m suspicious of what must really be going down inside mahogany row there. There has to be more to this to play out before long methinks.

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