Who exactly are the mysterious Married At First Sight producers?
They are constantly vilified by cast members in interviews and on social media, but viewers have no idea who they are or what they look like.
Now, Daily Mail Australia can reveal what really goes on behind the scenes of Australia’s most popular reality show – and how the ‘puppet masters’ control what happens on screen.
Who exactly are the Married At First Sight producers? Daily Mail Australia pictures the team behind the country’s top reality show, and the measures they go in order to prevent spoilers
During production, the cast are rarely given a second to themselves on shoot days.
Even when they’re filming romantic dates or pieces to camera, there’s always a producer looming behind the crew.
On November 28, as Connie filmed her final scenes in Sydney, a producer stood just a few feet away, giving instructions and asking leading questions.
They’re watching! The cast are rarely given a second to themselves on shoot days, with producers always looming behind the cameras. Pictured: Connie Crayden on November 28
Similarly, another producer had Vanessa Romito film multiple takes getting out of a limousine on her wedding day at Vaucluse House on September 10.
Despite the spectacle happening on a public street, the producer told onlookers they couldn’t take pictures and tried to block the bride from view.
There is also a team tasked with ensuring the cast are always where they’re meant to be. This includes escorting them from their rooms to chauffeur-driven cars.
Reshoot! Vanessa Romito (pictured) was made to film multiple takes getting out of a limousine at her wedding at Vaucluse House in Sydney on September 10
Nothing to see here: Despite Vanessa’s wedding happening on a public street, a producer told onlookers they ‘can not take pictures’ – and tried to block the bride from them
One of the biggest problems during production is cast members fleeing the set.
Poppy Jennings tried to leave the girls’ night reunion, which aired this week and was filmed on November 26 in Sydney’s Glebe.
A female producer was pictured standing over her while begging her come back.
Well-oiled machine: There’s also a team tasked with ensuring the cast are always where they’re meant to be. Pictured: Cathy Evans and Josh Pihlak being escorted to a shoot on October 14.
Baby sitting? On January 14, a member of crew (left) was tasked with ensuring Chris Nicholls (right) left his Sydney hotel in the correct taxi before making his way to the reunion alone.
Tense: One of the biggest problems throughout production is cast members fleeing. Pictured: A producer convincing Poppy Jennings to return to the girls’ night reunion on November 25
Another issue producers are faced with is deterring paparazzi while filming.
During dinner party and commitment ceremony shoots, the brides and grooms are hidden behind huge umbrellas to stop people taking photos of them.
A security team also erects a marquee for them to hide behind while waiting outside.
Meanwhile, guards patrol the studio warehouse in Lilyfield to keep out any unwelcome guests.
Extreme measures: Another issue the producers are faced with is deterring paparazzi while filming, erecting special blacked out marquees for the cast to hide behind
Spot the hiding star: During dinner party and commitment ceremony shoots, the cast are only allowed to freely walk around set while hidden behind huge umbrellas (right)
During season six last year, producers went to even more extreme measures.
To protect the cast from paparazzi at the reunion in January 2019, the stars were forced to sit in taxis outside the building for an hour.
The line of taxis snaked around the set, and the participants were banned from getting out.
Don’t show the boss! There is usually a team employed to stand at the entrance to the show’s studio warehouse in Lilyfield, who are occasionally distracted by passing dogs.
Is that necessary? During the season six reunion in January 2019, producers went to even more extreme measures and forced to cast to hide in a line of taxis (pictured) for over an hour
Married At First Sight’s executive producer Tara McWilliams is the most influential person behind the scenes.
But she was rarely photographed on set this season, with her underlings instead dealing with talent on a day-to-day basis.
Tara is believed to be overseeing the casting process of the 2021 season, but the production may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unmasked: Executive producer Tara McWilliams is the most prolific person behind the show, but was rarely photographed around the set this season – mostly working behind the scenes