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Playing the fame game

Celebrity gossip, rumours and buzz are served up daily in the media. How are celebrities created, promoted and consumed? A panel of guests discuss the cult of celebrity.

The panel features:

  • Jill Singer, an award-winning Australian journalist, producer, weekly columnist for the Melbourne Herald Sun and television presenter
  • Fiona Scott-Norman, satirist, deejay, stand-up comic, broadcaster, columnist, cabaret director, producer, arts journalist and tv sketch writer
  • John-Michael Howson, writer, entertainment reporter and producer with an involvement in the Australian entertainment scene for more than 40 years
  • Kate Halfpenny, Executive Editor of Who magazine, and formerly a Herald Sun gossip columnist at age 20
  • Peter Craven, established literary critic, journalist and editor who's published reviews and analysis of opera, film and television.

This panel discussion, held at the State Library of Victoria on 24 July 2007, was part of the program of events for the exhibition Famous: Karin Catt portraits