Stephen J Campbell is a long-time television writer, director and producer who began in TV aimed at younger viewers, including classic series 3:45 LIVE!, and Ice TV. Campbell has also worked on comedy shows including That Comedy Show and Funny Business. In more recent times, he has specialised in creating kidult shows with a sci-fi/fantasy bent, including hits Secret Agent Men and The Amazing Extraordinary Friends. Campbell also worked on Nigel Latta’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Grown Ups.
In this ScreenTalk, Campbell talks about:
- Feeling confused but awed on his first day as a TVNZ production trainee
- Crashing the Auckland telephone exchange on live kids show 3:45 LIVE!
- Innovative production techniques used on Ice TV
- How comedy shows taught him the craft of television
- Family being at the heart of the kidult show Secret Agent Men
- The long road to making The Amazing Extraordinary Friends
- How star David McPhail insisted on doing his own stunts
- Changing the format of The Politically Incorrect shows
- Working with the show’s host Nigel Latta
- Producing upcoming kidult sci-fi drama Cul De Sac
This video was first uploaded on the 23rd of February 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
New Zealander Phil Keoghan has become an internationally-known TV host thanks to his role on Emmy-winning American reality series The Amazing Race. Keoghan began his career as a TVNZ cameraman before moving into presenting on kids show Spot On. He hosted a number of TV shows in New Zealand, such as That's Fairly Interesting, 3:45 LIVE! and Ya Hoo. Keoghan moved to the USA in the 1990s, where he began to get broadcasting work, eventually landing the coveted role as host of The Amazing Race. Keoghan has also produced and presented other international shows including No Opportunity Wasted, After the Climb, and Keoghan’s Heroes.
In this ScreenTalk, Keoghan talks about:
- Loving the chance to perform on the kids show Spot On
- How That's Fairly Interesting helped hone his story-telling skills
- Being mentored by fellow presenter Mark Leishman
- Learning to cope with live TV on 3:45 LIVE!
- An embarrassing moment with Milli Vanilli on set
- Fighting with actor Kevin Smith on Gloss
- How his kiwi accent lost him the presenter’s role on Survivor
- Faking an American accent to host The Amazing Race
- Believing the show opens up world culture to an American audience
- The challenges of making 'feel good' series No Opportunity Wasted
- How his documentary The Ride has become his favourite ever TV project
- Being proud of the show earning $1 million for multiple sclerosis
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.