Speakers Profile - Shura Taft

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The quirky and charismatic Shura Taft has fast become one of Australia's hottest and most in-demand television personalities of the last twelve months.

Known for his way around the microphone, Shura is a true professional and a talented presenter. As host in studio, on location and in live recordings, Shura leads by example and offers witty humour and delivers intelligent conversation to his audience.

Shura is currently the face of Expedia and has fronted their two most recent campaigns. 'New York on $50' shot in New York late 2010 and this year in Asia 'No flight booking fees, more Asia'.

Shura is co-host of the hottest new television chat show Uplate!, alongside Natalie Garonzi and James Kerley, which premiered its first season in July this year on Channel Nine's GO!. Shot live in front of a studio audience at underground bar Mink in St Kilda, Uplate! kept viewers in the know weekly with the hottest gigs, entertainment news, and live music from Australia and abroad. Each week friends Shura, James and Natalie hosted celebrities and joined partygoers to provide an exclusive backstage pass to what we are 'wearing, watching, and listening to......and who we're doing it with!'.

Shura is host on the Eclipse Music TV weekly show on Channel Nine and on GO! Along with co-host Zoe Balbi, Eclipse presents the latest in music videos, artist interviews and album reviews. He is also adored by kids and parents alike as the original co-host of Nine's children's variety and cartoon show 'Kids' WB' every Saturday morning, a role he contributed to for 5 years. Now Shura hosts his own game show, 'Pyramid', which is in its fifth series currently airing weekdays on Channel Nine.

Shura has showcased his captivating and lively presenting skills on an array of Nine's top rating shows giving comment on '20 to 1', presenting segments on 'Postcards', live weather crosses on 'The Today Show' and live segments on 'Mornings with Kerri Anne'. He's even won $50,000 for his chosen charity by giving Australian viewers a very gutsy singing performance on Nine's 'Celebrity Singing Bee'.

Shura has become a regular fixture on Event TV alongside presenters Darren McMullen and Sami Lukis, as a red carpet host, interviewing and chatting with some of the country's most notable personalities and actors for many of the major international film releases in Australia.

Shura has also presented his own weekend show for radio station Nova for the last few years as well.

During his career in the entertainment business, Shura has done his fair share of travelling. In 2006 he co-presented a travel documentary and worked for 3 weeks in India, filming the first of a 10-part travel series with Jennifer Adams for Network Ten. His role included on-screen presenting, camera work and off-screen production.

Shura immerses himself in many charities, one of which is TLC for Kids, where he hosted their popular annual ball at the Crown Palladium in 2009/10. He has hosted the Leukaemia Foundation 2010 cocktail evening alongside Charli Delaney and this year's Street Change event searching for 'Melbourne's Best Busker' for the Rotary Club of Melbourne, as well as the Zoe Foundation annual charity night. Shura is also an Ambassador for the VAFA's '1 in 5 Anti-Depression Program'.

Shura has been involved in countless MC events including GPO Girl's Night out at Moonee Valley, the Fashions on the Field at Caulfield Cup and Caulfield Guineas in 2008 with Livinia Nixon in 2010 with Kids' WB co-host Heidi. He has also hosted Forever New's Spring Winter Fashion Launch 2009 and the Warner Bros Australian Christmas party 2007, 2008 and in 2010 hosted the City of Melbourne's Santa's Grand arrival.

Shura brings a unique energy and bubbly enthusiasm to all his performances. He is loved by audiences both young and old, there are exciting times ahead.