TV executive Andrew Shaw
talks candidly to NZ On Screen about more than three decades of experiences in the New Zealand TV industry, from being a teen heartthrob to sitting on top of the heap as network commissioner.
Shaw reflects on:
- early days as a presenter, “fluking” a screentest to get the Hey, Hey, It’s Andy gig
- his anticipation of his “expiry date” and the deal he brokered to train as a multi-camera live broadcast director; working on shows from Billy T James’ Radio Times to punk music docos, to returning to being in front of the camera to host disco show Star Zone.
- his sabbaticals from TVNZ, working for South Pacific Pictures (where he was charged with broadening their slate from drama and film; he introduced the Idol franchise to NZ TV), working as the founding commissioner for Prime TV, and helping launch the Documentary Channel with Richard Driver
- his passionate belief in the resilience and importance of network TV as a "gathering place" in the age of the internet
- his return to TVNZ and the challenge of balancing "god and mammon” - commercial and public service - that TVNZ has to manage
- “the privilege” of working for the public broadcaster, citing the Edmund Hillary Westminster Abbey memorial service as an example of something he wouldn’t get the opportunity to do elsewhere
- criticism about programming arts docos at 10.30pm at night. Shaw's response: "stay awake!"
This interview is available for download and distribution on YouTube
Credits: Direction and Interview - Clare O'Leary, Camera and Editing - Leo Guerchmann