About the Empire

Warwick Holt & Mat Blackwell - winners are grinners

Warwick Holt (aka Wok) is a highly experienced, award-winning screenwriter, who’s written for many of Australia’s top comedians and presenters.

He co-created and co-wrote BRUCE (2016), a black comedy web series about Australia’s first convicts, which won 23 awards worldwide and was an Honoree in the Best Writing – Film & Video category for the Webby Awards.

Wok has written for TV comedy and panel shows for over 15 years, starting with the ABC’s THE GLASS HOUSE, before moving on to THE SIDESHOW and GOOD NEWS WEEK, where he won five AWGIE Awards.

He subsequently worked for over eight years on THE PROJECT (Network Ten), in the positions of Web Producer, Senior Writer and Head Writer.

Other TV shows he’s written for include THE GREAT COMEDY DEBATE, THE COMEDY FESTIVAL ALLSTARS SUPERSHOW, GOOD NEWS WORLD, THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH, and
animated series MOB DOWNUNDER. He’s received development funding for feature screenplays THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS and THE BUTTERFLY BALL.

Wok also wrote, produced, and directed successful documentaries including THE PHANDOM MENACE. In 2018, he was Head Writer for online series THAT STARTUP SHOW, which has had over a million views on YouTube.

For many years Wok and his co-writer Mat Blackwell posted their source fodder for GNWTHE GLASS HOUSE and THE SIDESHOW up on the Media Empire blog, as a home outside the head writer’s PC. They remain preserved as an archive of largely unused jokes for every occasion, and as a glimpse at the iceberg technique of comedy creation.

Wok reverse-merged all aspects of himself into Media Empire in 2005, and it now stands as a home for writing, web-work, producing and unassailable control of the global agenda.