Ken Shadie TV & Screenwriter
"The funnelweb spider can kill a man in eight seconds, just by lookin' at him."
Michael J. Dundee: Crocodile Dundee
   Over 40 years of writing for the TV and screen.
Ken Shadie TV & Screenwriter
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Work Biography
Writing Credits
Writing Awards
Personal Biography

Born in Bondi and raised in Lane Cove, Ken Shadie attended North Sydney Technical Boys High, obtaining his Leaving certificate before starting work at Radio 2UE in Sydney, as an audio panel operator.

In 1954, he was called up for National Service in the Royal Australian Air Force, completing his six months training before being transferred to the RAAF Reserve for a further six years.

Married in 1957 to Manly girl Pam Jameson, they have two boys Peter and Tim. In 1980, the family moved to Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River, where he and Pam now live, and Ken continues to work on his writing projects.

Ken is heavily involved in Community Affairs in town and is currently President of the Brooklyn RSL Sub-Branch. He is also Vice President of the Northern Metropolitan District Council of the RSL and a member of the National Servicemen’s Association.

He is an avid book collector and enjoys writing about his family history centered around the Hawkesbury, where his Grandmother, for many years, ran the old kiosk at Peat’s Ferry on Kangaroo Point.

He is a foundation member of the Australian Writers Guild.  As a full voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, each year Ken views current Hollywood releases, in order to cast his votes for the Oscars.

Work Biography
Ken Shadie is an Australian based film and television writer. For over forty years, he has written countless scripts for top television shows and was co-writer of the highly acclaimed Australian hit movie “Crocodile Dundee”.

In the early days of Australian television, Ken was best known as Head writer/Script Editor for the entire series of the iconic “Mavis Bramston Show’ aired in the 1960’s on ATN Channel 7.

In 1973 after seventeen pioneering years at ATN, he resigned from Channel 7 to set himself up as a Freelance Script writer. His major credits during this time included writer on the highly successful Australian serial drama “Number 96”.
In 1978, he joined JP Productions as co-writer with Paul Hogan on the highly rated “Paul Hogan TV Specials featured on the Channel 9 Network.

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In 1983 on returning from the UK, after a series of Hogan Specials made at London Weekend Television, Ken and Paul Hogan co-wrote the screenplay for the first “Crocodile Dundee” movie.
In 1986, following the world-wide success of “Crocodile Dundee”, Shadie and Hogan were nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay written directly for the screen.

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Following the success of the Dundee Movie, Ken was offered writing assignments in Hollywood but preferred to remain in Australia and continue working on writing projects.

Currently he lives at the Hawkesbury River, where among his many and varied interests, he continues writing.

Career Path
1953 - 1956 RADIO 2UE Panel Audio Operator
1954 RAAF National Service
1957 - 1963 ATN CHANNEL 7 Audio Operator, Lighting technician, Camera Control technician
1963 - 1973 ATN CHANNEL 7 Head Writer/Producer
Writing Credits
Studio A
Music Time
Jonah Series
Mavis Bramston Show see photo
Dad and. Dave
My Names McGooley
News Revue
Undertakers Sit Com
Bob Rogers Show
Nostalgia Unlimited
Beauty and the Beast
Mavis is Back
Channel Seven Telethons
My Best Friends Aren't Revue
Phillip Theatre Revue
McCleay Street Theatre Revue
Barry Creyton Revue
Bull and Bush Revue
Cash Harmon Comedy Pilots
Jerry Lewis Special see photos
Des O'Conner Special
Mel Torme Special
Bob Rogers Radio Show
Almost Anything Goes
McCabe/Collins Productions
Number 96
Paul Hogan TV Specials see photos
Crocodile Dundee Movie see photos
The Phantom Movie (Unproduced)
Producing Credits
Bob Rogers Show
Nostalgia Unlimited
Seven Telethon
Beauty and Beast
Mavis is Back
Mavis Bramston Show see photo
Chevron Hilton Specials
Writing Awards
Television Society Commendation - Comedy Australian Writers Guild Award ... Outstanding contribution to Australian Comedy.
Television Society of Australia - 1981 Certificate of Commendation for Comedy Script - The Paul Hogan Show
B.A.F.T.A. nomination ... Screenplay 'Crocodile Dundee'
Academy Award nomination ... Screenplay 'Crocodile Dundee' see photo
Australian Writers Guild 1965 - Present
Academy Motion Picture Arts & Science 1988 - Present
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