Shura Taft is an Australian television and radio presenter and MC, based in Melbourne, Australia.
Since 2006 he has appeared on television shows across all the major networks, hosting everything from kids, music, sport and reality programs.
Shura got his start as host of 'Kids' WB' and 'Pyramid' both on the 9 network nationally for 5 years. While at 9 he appeared in a number of other shows including the travel series ‘Postcards’, 'The Today Show', '20-1' and he was a contestant on the 'Celebrity Singing Bee' in 2008 where he won $50,000 for the charity 'TLC for Kids'.
He’s hosted 'Eclipse Music TV' on Go! and 'Uplate' with James Kerley and Natalie Garonzi also on the GO! Channel, 'The Supercoach Show' for Fox Footy Channel and the live broadcasts of both the 2012 Brownlow Medal Red Carpet and the 2012 AFL Rising Star award. In 2013 Shura was chosen to host the 5th season of 'The Mole' for Channel 7, appeared on 'Slide Show', 'The Morning Show' and in 2015 he was the host of 'The Bunker', a golf show shown on Channel 7two on Sunday afternoons at 5pm.
Since then Taft has hosted a show for Draftstars for the Fox Footy Channel, the Australian National Skydiving Championships on Ch7 and a new lifestyle show to be aired on Channel 9 second half of 2017.
He currently hosts online content for Tennis Australia, The PGA of Australia, AAMI, Isuzu trucks and more.
As an MC Taft has hosted events every year for 11 years from Fashions on the Field at both Flemington and Caulfield, car launches such as Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, product launches, large-scale events, intimate gatherings, weddings and much much more. He prides himself of his professionalism, passion and hard work he brings to events and always endevours to deliver on a client's wishes. He has been Hawthorn Football Club's home game MC at the MCG since 2014 and is the home MC for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash league and for Cricket Australia during the summer.
In addition to his wide variety of television and hosting appearances, he has been a regular on radio, working for NOVA 100 2006-2011 as well as MMM Melbourne. In 2015, he was the anchor of the 'Weekend Breakfast' show heard nationally on the Hit network every Saturday and Sunday 7-9am with Jo Stanley and Michael Beveridge.
He’s been the face of travel brand Expedia as part of their 2010/'11 campaign and has appeared in or voiced several television advertising campaigns for McCains, Wet 'n' Wild theme parks, Hungry Jacks, The Australian Diamond company, Volkswagen and AAMI insurance online.
Taft supports the Hawthorn Football Club, and played over 200 games of amateur football for Collegians FC in the Victorian Amateur Football Association, winning back to back Premier division premierships with the club in 2011 and 2012.
Shura is an ambassador for the charity TLC for Kids since 2007 and Red Dust Role Models since 2010.
Shura has spent his working life in and around the stage and a microphone and would love to host your event.
Having hosted everything from Fashions on the Field, numerous Charity balls, product launches, sporting events, event activations, weddings and even the Sausage King awards for the best small-goods in Victoria, there is no job too big or too small.
From 90,000 people at the MCG, to a room of 10, Shura prides himself on professionalism, light heartedness, a good sense of humour, work ethic and most of all flexibility with whatever it is you need done.
Please feel free to enquire below should you have an event that requires an MC.
Shura Taft was an excellent MC for our Grand Final Brunch at the Park Hyatt. He was very professional and easy to work with. He followed the script along with adding his own spin on things, which was perfect and showed that he had done his research. He had great football knowledge and was able to keep our panellists on topic (and on time). I look forward to working with Shura again as he made my job a lot easier.
Chloe Rodgers, Events Manager
Shura was the perfect host for our major Australian Open events. He was engaging, humorous and relatable but most importantly, he understood our brand. The room was a mix of corporates, including many international guests who remained highly engaged by Shura as he moved with ease through the hosting requirements for the evening. He was flexible and adapted quickly to the many changes that happen during events, meaning as the event manager, I never had to worry! Shura was a delight to work with and I look forward to working with him again in the near future.
Amy Wagner, Public Relations Manager
Shura hosted our Cricket Australia Official Hospitality for a number of matches during the past season. He has a great sporting knowledge and conducted interesting and engaging interviews with our guest speakers. Rain delays can often be a challenging time at the cricket and Shura kept the guests entertained and relaxed during this time. He is professional, easy to work with and brings an additional energy to the hospitality space.
Sarah O'Brien, Coordinator – Hospitality and Special Events
Hawthorn Football Club engaged the services of Shura Taft for the Club's 2015 Melbourne home games as game day host. As host, Shura's role was to act as the voice of the Hawks on game day by introducing and running the Club's on-field sponsor activations, live and pre-recorded interviews for the big screen and general introduction of key moments such as player run out, coin toss, junior mascot and guard of honour.
Shura was paired up with competition winner eight year old Angus Hopkinson as his junior sidekick and worked really well with Angus to help bring the "Family" theme to Hawthorn's game day experience.
Shura was a pleasure to work with always willing to go above and beyond and being able to improvise in front of a live crowd — sometimes up to 80,000 people which is a great skill and one that Shura carried out extremely well.
Hawthorn Football Club would engage Shura's services again in the future.
Haylie Shephard, Event Manager
Shura Taft was Master of Ceremonies for my charity FROC (Funding Research Of Cancer) Fashion Parade. FROC is an event covering Fashion Hair and Beauty with the prime purpose of fundraising for Cancer research. It was initiated and is run by myself as Founder supported by a committee of six other people.
With our time devoted to the back of house organisation and presentation, it is necessary that we can rely on a strong individual with personality and stage presence to ensure the event runs smoothly and to plan. That leaves us free to concentrate on our individual roles and responsibilities for the evening. We relied on Shura for his professionalism, credibility, timing and spontaneity, and above all his interaction with our guests.
It is important to us that our stress and expectations are not reflected on the night, and Shura’s professionalism ensured that the audience was treated to a memorable event. He was totally responsible for this aspect of the evening, and rose to the occasion by delivering an excellent experience.
Prior to the event, and during the planning process, Shura did not let us down in respect of his availability, punctuality and participation.
I would have no hesitation in recommending his services to others, or to engage him at future events.
Shura Taft was an exceptionally professional and entertaining MC for our 2010 TV Week Logies Media Room. Shura handled media queries with ease and was knowledgeable and engaging when introducing winners and presenters. He was able to deal with last minute occurrences with grace and style and he constantly kept a high spirit. Shura was an excellent addition to the team and was praised by all of our staff and other guests. We would not hesitate to engage Shura again and would recommend him for similar events.
The Lantern Group
Shura certainly knows his way around a microphone and stage. When he is available, he is always our first choice for MCing due to his ability to literally bring an event to life. His energy and enthusiasm knows no bounds but it's his level of professionalism and devotion to any job he undertakes that sets him apart from the rest. Shura has MCed a vast array of brand events for Ignition, from VB events through to X Box and Motorola. He is a huge asset to any event and he can't be recommended higher.
The night was a huge success and we thought you did a brilliant job. You were exactly what we were looking for from an MC point of view and we had a tonne of positive feedback.
Shura Taft has been incredibly supportive of our organisation by giving both his time and helping to raise considerable funds for the free services we provide. Shura has, and continues to play a significant role in our fundraising campaigns and as an official Ambassador of our cause, he has: emceed our Gala Dinner fundraising events, conducted many media interviews, represented and advocated for TLC for Kids and assisted with major media campaigns. Due to his professionalism, attention to detail and energy, I confidently recommend Shura for any hosting/emceeing or media opportunities.
TLC for Kids
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