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Crackerjack Productions

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Crackerjack Productions was an Australian independent television production company headed by brothers Mark and Carl Fennessy. Based in St Leonards, Sydney, it concentrated on comedy-related projects, with forays into light entertainment, music, factual and reality television.

It was partially acquired by the Fremantle Group in 2003[1] and in 2006 since merged with Grundy Television to form Fremantle Australia.[2]


Crackerjack productions include:

  • The Chaser election specials
  • Comedy Inc.
  • The Biggest Loser Australia
  • Australia's Brainiest
  • So Fresh
  • Newstopia
  • The King
  • Quizmania


It was reported in August 2002 that the Federal Court in Sydney had ruled that Crackerjack had "misled job seekers about the availability of work offered by it while making a reality television program for Network Ten" and that "the court has made orders by consent against Crackerjack, its producer Mr Jim Burnett, and Network Ten Pty Ltd in relation to conduct that included the placement of misleading job advertisements in several newspapers by Crackerjack for the purpose luring potential subjects for a reality television show it was producing". [3]


  1. Guider, Elizabeth (12 October 2013). "Fremantle picks up Crackerjack". Variety. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. Idato, Michael (23 July 2007). "Street Sweeper". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  3. "Court finds TV production company misled job seekers, aided by TV network". Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. 30 August 2002.

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