Wesley Dening

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Wesley Dening
Born 14 July 1983

Wesley Dening (born 14 July 1983) is a television producer based in Los Angeles. He manages his production company called WDE in Santa Monica and serves as Senior Vice President of Development at Eureka Productions. Dening is originally from Australia, where he first became known as a host for multiple Australian television programs including Totally Wild, Totally Wild: Antarctica, Ten's First at Five News, Kick2Kick and also as a contestant on Big Brother Australia 2004.

In the US Dening also received acclaim for his on camera work as the host of Code: 9, a hidden camera prank series for Disney Channel. He was also on-camera as a commentator for US Cable network truTV's series "truTV Presents: World's Dumbest."[1]

Early life[edit]

He was College Captain at St. Joseph's Nudgee College. During his teen years, Dening was a national-level swimmer, he also worked as an actor and model, even winning Young Model of the Year.[citation needed] Dening was founder of 'Seriously Pink' a fashion franchise in central Brisbane.

Television[edit]

Dening was a contestant on the Australian Big Brother Series 4. He entered the house on Day 1 and was evicted on Day 69, finishing 8th. Dening returned to star in Big Brother 5 as part of an All Star Team that went into the house to compete against current contestants for that season. After appearing on Big Brother, Dening appeared in radio advertisements for local Brisbane stations 4 BC, B105 and Triple M. In 2005, Dening became an ambassador for Tourism Queensland, for which he helped to raise awareness of the state.

In addition to his work on camera, Dening also traveled Australian as a speaker for the National Young Leaders Day, a bi-annual event held in all 5-major capital cities in Australia. Dening was also an ambassador for Tourism Queensland and an Australian Day Ambassador.

Network TEN[edit]

Dening began as a host on Network Ten's Totally Wild in 2004. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. In 2007, Dening was a presenter, writer and producer for Totally Wild, as well as the Sports presenter for Ten News Brisbane over the Christmas Holidays. Dening also hosted the national program on Network Ten called Kick2Kick, and hosted two Network Ten documentaries, Spirit of the Outback and Ghosts of the Gulf, and appeared on Rove Live, 9am with David & Kim, and was a guest co-host for Toasted TV and Scope. In 2008 on Channel Ten, Dening served as one of the hosts for the 2008 New Year's Eve telecast.

USA[edit]

In 2009, Dening began appearing on truTV's The Smoking Gun Presents, as one of the many co-hosts. The show is filmed in New York City & Los Angeles. In 2011, Dening was signed to host and star in a series for Disney Channel, titled Code: 9. The show premiered on Disney Channel on 26 July 2012 and will run throughout 2012. Code: 9 will also air in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Russia and New Zealand in 2012. Dening was the Executive Producer and creator of Big Crazy Family Adventure [2] for the Travel Channel.

As SVP of Development for Eureka Productions [3], Dening runs development for the company's US Office. With offices in Sydney and Los Angeles, Eureka produces series including The Voice (Australia) for Channel 9, The Chef's Line for SBS, Australian Spartan Challenge for Seven Network. In his role at Eureka Dening has developed and sold concepts and series to multiple U.S Networks including Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel, FYI, Oxygen and Netflix. Dening currently oversees production for US series on Animal Planet, Facebook and Netflix.

WDE[edit]

Dening is the founder of WD Entertainment Group. Formed in 2010, the production company's first TV-series The Stafford Brothers premiered for Fox8 Australia (6 Episodes). The Stafford Brothers follows the rise of two of Australia's biggest DJ's. The show was considered a huge success in Australia and is now playing across more than 10 countries internationally. Season 2 (10 Episodes) of The Stafford Brothers broadcast on Fox8 in 2012.

In 2014 WDE produced and launched The Flying Winemaker on Discovery Channel TLC. In 2014, WDE produced Big Crazy Family Adventure for the Travel Channel, a 9x1hr series launching in 2015, with Dening as Executive Producer. WDE's original series continue to broadcast in more than 55 countries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shearer, Geoff (23 January 2011). "Success comes with perspiration". The Courier-Mail. 
  2. ^ "Big Crazy Family Adventure (TV Series)". IMDB. IMDB. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Eureka Productions". Eureka. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 

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