Rick Kalowski is a screenwriter, creator, producer, showrunner and scripted executive, often named among The Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Most Influential People in Australian TV’.
From 2013-2020, Rick was ABC Head of Comedy, overseeing some 100 scripted titles across TV, iView, online and podcast - among them 20 internationally co-produced TV seasons - which to date have earned 75 AACTA nominations, including an unprecedented sweep of every Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance nomination at the 2019 Awards.
ABC titles overseen by Rick include 2020 BAFTA nominee FRAYED (with SkyOne/HBO Max), THE LETDOWN (with Netflix), International Emmy nominee PLEASE LIKE ME, ROSEHAVEN (with Amazon, Sundance/AMC), UTOPIA, THE KATERING SHOW, GET KRACK!N', SUPERWOG (with YouTube), RONNY CHIENG: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT (with Comedy Central USA) and Indigenous digital drama WRONG KIND OF BLACK, for which Rick shared a 2019 International Emmy nomination.
Before ABC, Rick ran scripted at Quail TV (now EQ Media) in Sydney/Los Angeles. His own 80 hours of award-winning produced credits include creator/writer/producer of ABC satires AT HOME WITH JULIA and WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER, and head writer of Nine’s long-running COMEDY INC.: THE LATE SHIFT.
Rick’s first screenplay, political comedy THE HONOURABLE WALLY NORMAN, produced by Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech), opened the 2003 Sydney Film Festival.
Previously a lawyer, Rick was Associate to Justice Mary Gaudron at the High Court of Australia.
Since leaving ABC, Rick has returned to screenwriting/producing, developing international TV and feature dramas and comedies with a number of co-producers.
Rick's Screenrights Roundtable #1: When Comedy Makes You Cry
Ex ABC Head of Comedy (2013-2020) and writer/producer Rick Kalowski talks trends in international scripted comedy, especially the fine line between laughter and tears and why the half hour comedy drama continues to draw audiences (I May Destroy You, Fleabag, Frayed, I Hate Suzie, Back To Life, The Letdown, After Life).
Rick's Screenrights Roundtable #2: International co-financing in scripted television
With more than 20 seasons of internationally co-financed television under his belt, ex ABC Head of Comedy (2013-2020) and writer/producer Rick Kalowski shares insights on options and strategies for overseas financing of scripted content, from global originals to international co-productions to enhanced acquisitions, and more.