Though Kershaw is now known as one of Australia"s most well respected film and television producers, her career in the arts began in theatre production. From 1989 to 1994, Kershaw acted as General Manager of Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney where she produced the projects of some of Australia"s most well known film artists, including: Geoffrey Rush and Toni Collette. The relationships she made during this time were invaluable to her future in the film and television industries.
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In 2001, Kershaw became the Head of Drama and Narrative Comedy for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (American Broadcasting Company) during which time she executive produced television series such as situation comedy, Kath & Kim (series I, II & III).
Created by and starring Jane Turner and Gina Riley, Kath & Kim, became the highest rated television comedy in Australian history and the highest rated show on ABCTV from 2002–2004. In 2004, Kershaw would end her time at American Broadcasting Company and began to focus her efforts on her own two companies.
Robyn Kershaw Productions & RKPix
In 1998, Kershaw founded and continues to act as both company director and producer for both Robyn Kershaw Productions Pty Limited (RKP) and RKPix Pty Limited based out of Australia. Robyn Kershaw Productions Pty Limited (website) is a film and television production company created to produce a slate of projects that promise to "enable people to laugh, think and celebrate life" (as the company slogan states).
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Robyn’s first feature was the adaptation of best selling novel Looking for Alibrandi (2000). Kershaw then went on to produce box office hit, Bran Nue Dae (2009), directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Geoffrey Rush, Jessica Mauboy and Magda Szubanski. In February 2013, Kershaw released Indian Australian cricket-comedy, Save Your Legs! in Australia through Madman Entertainment.
Save Your Legs! was directed by Boyd Hicklin and stars Stephen Curry, Brendan Cowell and Damon Gameau.
The film premiered at the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Mumbai Film Festival. In 2015 Robyn produced feature comedy Sucker co-written by Ben Chessell and Lawrence Leung, starring Timothy Spall and Youtube sensation John Luc.
While Kershaw was once on the board of both the Australian Film Finance Corporation (now known as Screen Australia) and ScreenWest, an Australian screen funding and development agency.