Working Dog Productions

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Working Dog Productions Pty. Ltd.
Private company
Industry Production company
Founded 1993; 25 years ago (1993)
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia

Working Dog Productions (originally Frontline Television Productions Pty. Ltd.) is a film and television production company based in Melbourne, Australia.[1] It was formed in 1993 by actors Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch, Jane Kennedy, Tom Gleisner, and producer Michael Hirsh.[2] The company changed its name to Working Dog Productions Pty Ltd in 1996.[citation needed] The company's mascot is an Australian Cattle Dog.

Three of Working Dog's founders: Tom Gleisner (left), Rob Sitch (middle), and Michael Hirsh (right).


Title Genre Premiere Seasons Network Status Ref
Frontline Comedy, Satire 9 May 1994 3 seasons, 39 episodes ABC Ended [1][2]
Funky Squad Comedy 24 April 1995 1 season, 7 episodes ABC Ended [1]
A River Somewhere Documentary 1997[specify] 1 season, 13 episodes ABC Ended [2]
The Panel Talk Show 18 February 1998 7 seasons, 237 episodes Network Ten Ended [2]
All Aussie Adventures Mokumentary 5 August 2001 3 seasons, 14 episodes Network Ten Renewed [2]
The Panel Christmas Special/The Panel Christmas Wrap Talk Show 25 December 2003 5 annual specials Network Ten Ended [2]
Thank God You're Here Improvised Comedy 5 April 2006 4 seasons, 41 episodes Network Ten (2006–2007)
Seven Network (2009)
Ended [1][2]
The Hollowmen Comedy 9 July 2008 2 seasons, 12 episodes ABC Ended [2]
Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever Sport, Comedy 11 June 2010 1 season, 26 episodes SBS Ended [2]
Santo, Sam and Ed’s Sports Fever! Sport, Comedy 30 January 2012 1 season, 10 episodes 7mate/Seven Network Ended
Pictures of You Talk Show 27 March 2012 1 season, 16 episodes Seven Network Ended [2]
Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football Sport, Comedy 14 May 2013 2 seasons, 56 episodes Fox Sports Ended
Have You Been Paying Attention? Game Show 3 November 2013 5 seasons, 122 episodes Network Ten Ongoing [2]
Utopia Comedy 13 August 2014 3 seasons, 24 episodes ABC Ongoing [1][2]
Pacific Heat Animated Sitcom 27 November 2016 1 Season, 13 Episodes The Comedy Channel Pending [3][4][5]


Title Genre Year Ref
The Campaign Documentary 1996 [1][2]
The Castle Comedy, Drama 1997 [2]
The Dish Comedy 2000 [2]
Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge Comedy, TV Movie 2004 [6]
Any Questions for Ben? Comedy 2012 [2]


In addition to television and film, Working Dog Productions have also ventured into books, stage shows, and podcasts.[7]


Books which have been published by Working Dog include, but are not limited to, mock travel guides.[2] Books published by Working Dog include:

  • Molvania: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch, 2003. ISBN 1-58567-619-5
  • Phaic Tan: Sunstroke on a Shoestring by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch, 2004. ISBN 0-8118-5365-9
  • San Sombrero: A Land of Carnivals, Cocktails and Coups by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch, 2006. ISBN 0-8118-5619-4
  • Molvanian Baby Names: With Meanings, Derivations And Probable Pronunciations, by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch 2009. ISBN 978-1-74066-859-0


Working Dog produced the stage show The Speechmaker. The show was written by Working Dog's Sitch, Cilauro and Gleisner and had a sellout season at the Melbourne Theatre Company.[2]


  • Santo, Sam & Ed's Total Football Podcast (2017-present on ABC iview)
  • Santo, Sam & Ed's Cup Fever! Podcast (2018 on ABC iview)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cassar, Jeremy (7 October 2016). "Working Dog: 30 years of biting at the cutting edge of comedy". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Enker, Debi (7 August 2014). "Utopia proves there's nothing else like a Working Dog formula". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Knox, David (19 February 2014). "New comedy from Working Dog for Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Knox, David (30 October 2014). "Foxtel 2015 highlights: iQ3, Deadline Gallipoli, Banished, Gogglebox". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Knox, David (5 October 2016). "Airdate: Pacific Heat". Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Knox, David (4 November 2016). "How Glenn Robbins became Russell Coight". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Working Dog's Pacific Heat to air on Foxtel November 27". 6 October 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 

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