Emmy award-winning producer/director Denis Harvey cut his teeth on TVNZ information shows Dig This, Kaleidoscope, and Science Express. Later he moved into sports. Harvey has gone on to make a significant contribution to television sports coverage both nationally and internationally, particularly in America’s Cup coverage and Olympic yachting. In recent times, he has also produced Asian and Israeli versions of The Amazing Race.
In this ScreenTalk, Harvey talks about:
- Being a trainee director on classic garden show Dig This
- Creating the garden for the show at the Avalon TV studios
- Remembering the great people and locations on Country Calendar
- His regret that long-running arts show Kaleidoscope disappeared from TV
- Showcasing scientific innovations in Science Express
- Taking Sir Edmund Hillary back to Everest in Hillary: A View from the Top
- The challenges of creating live TV coverage for the America’s Cup
- Making sure coverage of the event is as bipartisan as possible
- Dealing with Team New Zealand’s loss while still on air
- How cutting edge 3D graphics transformed coverage of sailing
- Showing the heroic efforts of the crew in two Team New Zealand documentaries
- Taking up the challenge to cover Olympic yachting
- Winning a Sports Emmy award
- Why working on The Amazing Race was so challenging
This video was first uploaded on 29 September 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
Veteran broadcaster Bill McCarthy was the popular face of TV news and sport in the 1970s. Starting as a sports anchor, he later moved to primetime news-reading, and then became a producer on the classical music series Opus, as well as one-off big event television such as the 1987 Rugby World Cup and Telethon. In later years, McCarthy has produced host broadcasts for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and become involved with Christian broadcaster Shine TV.
In this ScreenTalk, McCarthy talks about:
- Having to learn on the job in the early days of NZBC news
- How the 1974 Commonwealth Games changed broadcasting
- Being initially reluctant to read the news on TV One
- Why he didn’t really like hosting Top Town
- Moving to producing with the classical music show Opus
- Having his greatest experience ever filming the yachting documentary Two Boats Two Dreams
- The stress and satisfaction of producing the 1987 Rugby World Cup
- The chaos of producing Telethon
- Having one of the most varied careers in television
This video was first uploaded on July 14 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
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.