Paul Franklin is one of the world’s leading producers responsible for the creative execution of numerous hit television franchises. Most notably he is the key creative architect behind MasterChef, the mega-hit format now produced in fifty countries and its’ phenomenally successful spin-off series MasterChef Junior.
Prior to co-founding Eureka Franklin served as Executive Vice President, Programming, at Shine America for three years where he launched and managed the company’s unscripted programming department. During his time at Shine America, Franklin was responsible for and served as an executive producer on such hit series as MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (FOX), The Biggest Loser (NBC), The Face (Oxygen), Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo), Minute To Win It (GSN), Riot (Fox), Restaurant Startup (CNBC), Fake-Off (TruTv) and Going Wild (NatGeo Wild). Franklin also oversaw the launch of Canada’s top rating MasterChef (CTV).
Before moving to Los Angeles, Franklin worked as Shine Australia’s Head of Programming. As one of the company’s first appointments Franklin was part of the core team that grew the start-up company into Australia’s largest production company. In this role Franklin oversaw the company’s unscripted properties including The Voice (Nine Network), MasterChef and Junior MasterChef, (Network Ten) The Biggest Loser (Network Ten) The Renovators (Network Ten) and Relocation, Relocation (Lifestyle Network). Given Franklin’s critical role as the architect of MasterChef, he travelled extensively seeing the global rollout of the format in numerous territories including India, France and the US.
Between the years 2005-2009, Franklin served as Head of Factual Programming for FremantleMedia Australia. At Fremantle he oversaw the company’s unscripted slate including the franchises such as The Apprentice (Nine Network) Farmer Wants A Wife (Nine Network), The Gift (Nine Network) and Project Runway (Arena).