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Phillip Leishman: on four decades of TV presenting…

Posted on 20 December 2012

Broadcaster Phillip Leishman has had one of the longest and most successful TV presenting careers in New Zealand. He began presenting sports news and events in the 1970s, and has hosted major live events such as the Olympics and test rugby. Leishman also helmed long-running game show Wheel of Fortune, and, more recently, the internationally-syndicated Golf Show. In this ScreenTalk, Leishman talks about:

  • Becoming Glyn Tucker’s ‘little shadow’ on Turf Talk
  • How tech problems led to him commentating on the 1976 Olympic Games
  • The difficulties of covering the 1981 Springbok Tour
  • Loving the pace of production on Wheel of Fortune
  • Initially failing to notice David Tua’s infamous ‘O for awesome’ moment
  • Hosting the last televised Miss New Zealand contest
  • Missing the cool atmosphere of Weekend
  • Why The Golf Show has been his favourite gig
  • Traveling the world having a good time on Air New Zealand Holiday
  • Being proud of his 41 years on air

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



interview, presenter, host, wheel of fortune, presenting, the golf show, olympics, olympic games, david tua, o for awesome, o for orsum, weekend, air new zealand holiday, phillip leishman, springbok tour, screentalk

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Mark Leishman: Television, dogs and longevity…

Posted on 9 October 2012

Long-time television and radio host Mark Leishman began his TV career as a continuity announcer, and then moved on to regional news show Today Tonight. Over the years Leishman has appeared on a number of hit shows including Top Town, That’s Fairly Interesting and Tux Wonder Dogs. As well as presenting, he has also directed documentaries such as A Friend For Life and Kohi: A Guide For Life. In this ScreenTalk, Leishman talks about:

  • Getting a chance to read the news and create stories on Today Tonight
  • Taking over the reins on Top Town
  • How budgets and health and safety regulations weren’t an issue
  • A future All Black becoming ultra competitive
  • Joining a youthful Phil Keoghan hosting That’s Fairly Interesting
  • Missing out on some great footage when directing the Peter Blake Bi-Centennial Race Around Australia
  • Making Tux Wonder Dogs a hit
  • Jim Mora’s scripts and voice bringing personality to the show
  • Creating a series of documentaries on guide dogs
  • Pitting celebrities against a young genius on The Great NZ Spelling Bee
  • Feeling fortunate to have had a good long run on TV

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



interview, television, presenter, host, tv, tux wonderdogs, today tonight, top town, that’s fairly interesting, a friend for life, kohi a guide for life, screentalk, mark leishman, the great nz spelling bee, tux wonder dogs, wonder dog, phil keoghan, jim mora

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Jim Mora: Wonder Dogs, rolling Rs, Mucking In, and more…

Posted on 17 July 2012

Radio and TV host Jim Mora began his career reporting for regional news show The South Tonight. From there, he moved on to One News and then joined Holmes when it debuted in 1989. Over the years Mora became a household name voicing and presenting popular shows including Tux Wonder Dogs, Maggie’s Garden Show and the long-running Mucking In. Mora was also involved with the creation of animated TV shows The Adventures of Massey Ferguson and Staines Down Drains, and is the host of the afternoon show on Radio New Zealand National. In this ScreenTalk, Mora talks about:

  • Being daunted by his first piece to camera on The South Tonight
  • Finding reporting on Holmes a demanding role
  • Still not knowing if the Dennis Conner walk-off on the show was pre-planned
  • How the premise of Tux Wonder Dogs must have seemed odd to TVNZ commissioners
  • Rolling a huge letter ‘R’ down the main street of Gore for doco New Zild
  • Wondering if there would be enough good sorts for the long-running show Mucking In
  • How the gardens got more elaborate and expensive as the years went by
  • Always feeling there’s more to achieve with his broadcasting career

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



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Ray Columbus - creator of the Mod's Nod

Posted on 21 September 2010

Rocker Ray Columbus, OBE, has been a headline act since 1961 when he appeared on Time Out for Talent at the age of 18. Since then, he has performed on or hosted a huge range of music and light entertainment TV shows including: Club Columbus, C’Mon, Happen Inn, Personality Squares and That’s Country. With his band Ray Columbus and the Invaders, he had two number one hits with ‘She’s a Mod’ and ‘Till We Kissed’. In this ScreenTalk interview, Columbus talks about:

  • How all tapes of his early days on TV in Club Columbus were destroyed
  • Being squeezed into the newsroom in Christchurch to tape the show
  • Bringing a TV studio to a standstill by dancing the ‘Mod’s Nod’
  • The excitement of appearing on C’Mon and working with Pete Sinclair
  • Why lurid costumes and psychedelic lyrics led to changes on Happen Inn
  • How a damning TV review led to the axing of My Name is Ray Columbus
  • Fearing the reactions of fans to him hosting That’s Country
  • Selling the show to the Nashville Network in America
  • Being grateful for his TV career

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



music, presenter, host, talent show, she's a mod, band, rock

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7 Days - and the creation of Jeremy Corbett

Posted on 10 May 2010

Born in Westport, Jeremy Corbett is a middle-aged 6’2” Leo who likes potatoes, grass, cordless drills and guitars. His broadcasting career began at student radio station Radio Massey, while studying for a BA in English and Computer Science. Since then, Corbett has gone on to develop a successful career in radio, clocking up 16 years as morning co-host on MORE FM, and has appeared regularly on NZ TV screens in shows like The Paradise Picture Show, A Bit After Ten, Celebrity Squares, The Gong Show, Pulp Comedy, Downsize Me, Deal or No Deal and most recently 7 Days. In this ScreenTalk interview, Corbett reveals:

  • How 7 Days came about, and what the success of the TV show means for NZ TV comedy
  • Some of the early NZ TV shows that influence 7 Days
  • How he started out in TV, and who was there
  • Some amusing moments from TV shows like The Gong Show, Celebrity Squares and The Mad Mad World of Television
  • What it’s like hosting big live TV events like Christmas in the Park
  • The challenges of fronting game shows like Deal or No Deal
  • Some of his favourite NZ TV comedy
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



comedy, presenter, comedian, radio host, host, 7 days

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