Travels from: Victoria
One of Australia’s most recognised contributors in entertainment industry
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Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Steve Vizard is one of Australia’s most recognised contributors to the Australian entertainment industry. Writer, performer, lawyer, program creator and producer, Steve’s versatile talents have reached across film, radio and television and into the arts, major events and public affairs.
Steve is now a regular member of Melbourne’s number one talk back radio station 3AW.
For two years Steve hosted his own morning radio show The Steve Vizard Morning Show for the Macquarie Radio Network. In 2011 the show was nominated for three ACRA Awards, including Australia’s Best Talkback Presenter.
Since his first program aired in 2010, Steve has interviewed more than 1000 internationally recognised guests including Academy Award-winning directors Peter Weir and Tom Hooper, director of The Kings Speech, renowned authors Jeffrey Archer, Booker Prize-winning Tom Kenneally, Jackie Collins, Peter Carey, Tim Flannery, Grammy-nominated musicians Josh Groban, Chris Botti, George Benson, president of the World Bank James Wolfensohn and Australian prime minister Julia Gillard.
Steve’s radio program was also responsible for breaking news reports, including the Christmas Island asylum seekers boat crash tragedy in December 2010. Steve broke the story and spoke to emotional eyewitnesses, taking listeners directly to the scene. When the New Zealand earthquake struck in February 2011, Steve crossed straight to Christchurch following the tragedy for weeks to uncover astonishing personal stories. He covered the Chilean mine disaster as the last miner was dragged to safety and pursued the defrocking of convicted priests by the Catholic Church, on behalf of abused victims.
Steve’s association with Australia’s best comedic talent has seen him share the microphone with more than 100 comedy favourites including Charlie Pickering, Peter Helliar, Fiona O’Loughlin, Mick Molloy and favourite regular contributors Glenn Robbins, Corinne Grant, George McEncroe, Andrew Goodone and Shaun Micallef to name a few.
Steve still enjoys stepping out in front of the camera and has been a much sought after contributor to a variety of prime time television shows including Ten’s The Project and Talking Bout’ Your Generation, Nine’s Today Show and A Current Affair. He also appeared as a regular role in Mick Molloy’s Foxtel comedy series The Jesters.
In 2010, Steve was honoured by being nominated for a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contribution to the Film & Television Industry. Other nominees for the prestigious lifetime achievement award included Rob Sitch, Andrew Denton, Brian Walksh, Kim Williams, Penny Chapman, the Fennessy brothers and Posie Graham Evans.
Steve recently returned to acting on the Nine Network telemovie Beaconsfield, portraying Richard Carleton, a renowned 60 minutes journalist and reporter.
Studying Law and Philosophy at University of Melbourne, Steve and his mates took time out to establish the University Law Revue. After practising law as a partner in a city law firm, Steve hosted his own top-rating, 5 nights a week national television show – Tonight Live with Steve Vizard, for which he was four times nominated for a Gold Logie, taking one home in 1991.
There are few media personalities in Australia who have interviewed over 2,000 major names, and Steve’s international interviewees are a ‘Who’s Who’ of the rich, famous, infamous, iconic and the instant headline makers – including Audrey Hepburn, Oliver Stone, Mel Gibson, Robin Williams, Sir Bob Geldof, Peter Allen, Patrick Swayze, Bob Hope, Sir Peter Ustinov, Shirley Maclaine, Michael Parkinson, Spike Milligan, Edward de Bono, Robert Ludlum, Sir Harry Secombe, Ben Elton and numerous Prime Ministers and politicians.
A household name, Steve has created his own headlines – his face has appeared on the front of almost every publication in the country, from the cover of Time to Rolling Stone.
Behind the scenes, from 1990 to 2003, Steve worked as one of Australia’s most prolific Executive Producers and Creators of iconic programmes. He originated Fast Forward and Full Frontal, Australia’s highest rating and longest running comedy show. He also established Australia’s largest independent Production house, Artist Services, which produced several series of Seachange, the ABC’s highest rating drama series, and several award winning and internationally acclaimed mini-series such as Kangaroo Palace. Steve also founded the Comedy Channel.
Steve has produced or been the Head Writer on iconic programmes which have not only launched careers, but provided some of Australia’s most enduring comedic creations, including Con the Fruiterer (Mark Mitchell), Kylie Mole (Maryanne Fahey), Chenille the Beautician (Magda Szubanski and Marg Downey), Poida (Eric Bana), Kath and Kim (Gina Riley and Jane Turner) and Milo Kerrigan (Shaun Micallef). Shows which he has helped produce have received over 20 Logies, a dozen AFI, Writers Guild and Television Society awards and an international Emmy nomination.
Steve has actively committed himself to public participation: for six years as President of Australia’s oldest and best endowed public museum, the National Gallery of Victoria, overseeing the substantial renovation of St Kilda Rd Museum and the construction of Federation Square; for five years as the Chairman of Victorian Major Events, securing numerous major events for Victoria; as an elected delegate of Victoria to the Constitutional Convention; as a Convenor of the 2002 Population Summit; as a keen advocate of Australian content and support of the arts, as President of the Screen Producers Association of Australia and through Film Australia and the Children’s Television Foundation.
Steve has written and edited several books, including a recent biography of Graham Kennedy; Best Australian Humorous Writing, Australia’s Population Challenge; and Two Weeks in Lilliput, a bestselling account of the Constitutional Convention which became a nominated text on the HSC English syllabus. He has written for theatre, and has been the recipient of an Australia Council Grant for Poetry.
Off-air Steve and his wife Sarah enjoy their journey together with their five children. A personal award, Steve achieved was ‘Australian Father of the Year’ in 2002 travels with them. In 1991 Steve and his family established the Vizard Foundation and Vizard House – a refuge for people in need – which they still actively support, and he has directly contributed to many other charitable causes, including establishing with Walter Mikac the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation in 1997.