Working Dog Productions

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Working Dog Productions Pty. Ltd.
Private company
IndustryProduction company
Founded1993; 26 years ago (1993)

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).


     Programs with a shaded background indicate the program is still in production.

Title Network Genre Years Seasons
Frontline ABC Comedy, Satire 1994-1997 3 seasons, 39 episodes
Behind the Frontline ABC Documentary 1995 1 documentary
Funky Squad ABC Comedy 1995 1 season, 7 episodes
The Campaign ABC Documentary 1996 2 episodes
A River Somewhere ABC Documentary 1997-1998 2 seasons, 13 episodes
The Panel Network Ten Talk show 1998-2004 7 seasons, 237 episodes
All Aussie Adventures Network Ten Mockumentary 2001-2002, 2018 3 seasons, 20 episodes
The Panel Christmas Wrap Network Ten Talk show 2003-2007 5 annual specials
Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge Network Ten Mockumentary 2004 1 telemovie
Thank God You're Here Network Ten (2006–2007)
Seven Network (2009)
Improvised comedy 2006-2009 4 seasons, 41 episodes
The Hollowmen ABC Comedy 2008 2 seasons, 12 episodes
Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever! SBS Sport, Comedy 2010 1 season, 26 episodes
Santo, Sam and Ed's Sports Fever! 7mate/Seven Network Sport, Comedy 2012 1 season, 10 episodes
Pictures of You Seven Network Talk show 2012 1 season, 16 episodes
Audrey's Kitchen ABC Comedy 2012-2013 2 seasons, 20 episodes
Santo, Sam and Ed's Total Football Fox Sports Sports, Comedy 2013-2015 2 seasons, 56 episodes
Have You Been Paying Attention? Network Ten Game show 2013-present 6 seasons, 143 episodes
Utopia ABC Comedy 2014-present 3 seasons, 24 episodes
Pacific Heat The Comedy Channel Animated Sitcom 2016 1 season, 13 episodes


Title Genre Release Date Distributor
The Castle Comedy 10 April 1997 Village Roadshow
The Dish Comedy 19 October 2000 Roadshow Entertainment
Any Questions for Ben? Comedy 9 February 2012 Roadshow Films


In addition to television and film, Working Dog Productions have also ventured into books, stage shows, and podcasts.[3]


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. ^ 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 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. ^ "Working Dog's Pacific Heat to air on Foxtel November 27". 6 October 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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