Internationally revered and respected, Mark Fennessy is an innovator, entrepreneur and creator of premium content across all facets of the production industry. Having steered independent production label Crackerjack before forming FremantleMedia, to launching the powerhouse Shine with brother Carl and Elisabeth Murdoch, through to overseeing the merger with Endemol to create the juggernaut Endemol Shine Australia, Mark is synonymous with the production pillars of the Australian television industry.
As well as his legendary business acumen, Mark has overseen an extraordinary portfolio of television franchises and super brands which cross genres – from blockbuster unscripted hits to critically acclaimed (and wildly popular) scripted content - which has seen him ranked no 1 in the Australian Financial Review’s Cultural List. Beyond his achievements as a business leader, Mark is an active producer and executive producer of premium dramas with recent and notable credits including RFDS, Lambs of God, Wake In Fright, Mystify, Sisters, Blue Murder/Killer Cop, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, Catching Milat, The Beautiful Lie, Offspring and INXS: Never Tear Us Apart.
Earlier in his career Mark was an EP for Channel Nine before being appointed Head of MTV Australia which combined his entrepreneurial skills with his deep passion for music. As a result, Mark transitioned from playing in various bands to executive producing some of the most important music events of the time. Through Crackerjack, Mark also oversaw the production of all of Sony Music’s television commercials as well as numerous campaigns for Mushroom, Virgin Records, Frontier Touring and the Dainty Corporation, as well as producing the Jimmy Barnes documentary Soul Deeper which features the music video for Barnes’ Chain of Fools, which Mark also directed.
HELIUM is the culmination of Mark’s strengths, passions and expertise with upcoming projects including the highly anticipated drama series inspired by John Ibrahim’s bestselling book Last King of the Cross for Paramount+, the feature film 6 Festivals also for Paramount+, and in joint venture with Richard Lowenstein and his company GHOST - the crime thriller series Sex and Thugs and Rock n Roll.
In 2017 Mark received an Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to the broadcast industry as an entrepreneur and innovator.