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Shavaughn Ruakere: The leap of faith from TV presenting to acting...

Posted on 16 December 2013

Shavaughn Ruakere began her career as a presenter on kids TV show What Now?. Later she graduated to presenting on music channel C4, after a stint co-presenting UK morning show SM:TV. Since then Ruakere has made the switch to acting, and appeared in a number of shows including The Jaquie Brown Diaries and Legend of the Seeker. She is currently starring in Shortland Street as core cast member Roimata Ngatai. In this ScreenTalk, Ruakere talks about:

  • Being scared by going on live TV for What Now?
  • Not being shy about being a ‘dick’ on a kids show
  • Witnessing two experienced actors ‘ad-libbing’ on the set of River Queen
  • Managing to avoid doing a nude scene in the film
  • How presenting on C4 showed a more mature side of herself
  • Wearing leather and high heels for Legend of the Seeker
  • How her role on Shortland Street pulled her out of a slump
  • The similarities and differences between her and her character Roimata
  • Coping with the time restraints and pace of shooting on the show
  • Loving working with George Henare and the rest of her on-camera family
  • How ‘being someone else’ on set helps her overcome doubt

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

 
 

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legend of the seeker, presenter, interview, actor, the jaquie brown diaries, river queen, what now?, shortland street, screentalk, shavaughn ruakere

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Phil Keoghan

Posted on 18 February 2013

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.

 
 

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presenter, gloss, interview, screentalk, the ride, phil keoghan, the amazing race, that, 3:45 live!, spot on, no opportunity wasted

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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.

 
 

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interview, Springbok Tour, presenter, host, Screentalk, 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

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Stu Dennison: Giving the thumbs up to kids TV…

Posted on 27 November 2012

Stu Dennison was a much-loved TV presenter in the 1970s who introduced the ‘naughty schoolboy’ and thumbs up to a generation of Kiwi kids on the show Nice One Stu. He went on to host a range of TV shows, often as sidekick to popular TV host Roger Gascoigne. After Dennison ended his on-air career, he re-invented himself as a sports producer at TVNZ. In this ScreenTalk, Dennison talks about:

  • Being the ‘everyman’ on Ready to Roll
  • Creating the outrageous persona on Nice One Stu
  • Becoming famous by being controversial
  • How a spontaneous ‘thumbs up’ became his signature gesture
  • Winding up the prim and proper Roger Gascoigne on Top Town
  • Getting a pie in the face on Telethon
  • Enjoying the mix of live entertainment and skits on How’s That
  • Moving from presenting to editing and producing sports
  • Carrying the torch at the Beijing Olympics
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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stu dennison, nice one stu, telethon, Screentalk, tv, presenter, Ready to Roll, top town, interview, television

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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 the 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 Wonderdogs. 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 Wonderdogs 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.

 
 

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interview, television, presenter, host, Screentalk, tv, tux wonderdogs, Mark Leishman, today tonight, top town, that’s fairly interesting, a friend for life, kohi a guide for life, The Great NZ Spelling Bee

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Olly Ohlson: Keeping cool 'til after school…

Posted on 3 October 2012

Olly Ohlson inspired a generation of kids on the daily show After School. His legendary catch-phrase “Keep cool 'til after school” is still remembered long after the show ended. He is credited with introducing both Te Reo and sign language to our TV screens. In this ScreenTalk, Ohlson talks about:

  • Having fun playing the guitar and singing songs on Cgull
  • Enjoying performing on the sets of Woolly Hills and Woolly Manor
  • Becoming an older role model for kids on After School
  • Wanting the show to be a tool for education
  • The origin of the show’s famous catch-phrase
  • Introducing sign language to television
  • Controversy over using Te Reo greetings
  • Having a fabulous time returning to TV on Bumble
  • Believing the ‘personableness’ of TV presenting has disappeared
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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Screentalk, presenter, interview, te reo, olly ohlson, keep it cool till after school, sign language, after school

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Lana Coc-Kroft: Danger on screen and in real life...

Posted on 14 August 2012

TV presenter Lana Coc-Kroft first rose to prominence by being crowned Miss Universe New Zealand in 1988. Her TV debut was as a model on Sale of the Century before becoming co-host of Wheel of Fortune. Coc-Kroft established herself as an adrenaline junkie on shows such as Mountain Dew On the Edge and Can You Hackett, and showed herself to be the equal of her male colleagues on the long-running Sports Café. While filming reality TV show Celebrity Treasure Island, Coc-Kroft developed a life-threatening illness after being cut by coral. She recovered and went on to host Who Dares Wins. In this ScreenTalk, Coc-Kroft talks about:

  • How Phillip Leishman helped her overcome stage fright on Wheel of Fortune
  • Struggling with her role on the show
  • Jumping from a helicopter for the first episode of Mountain Dew On the Edge
  • Asking the ‘dumb’ question on Sports Café
  • The truth behind giving her phone number out on air
  • Demanding to be fed on the set of Celebrity Treasure Island
  • How getting sick on the show changed the TV industry
  • Feeling insecure on the set of Test the Nation
  • The real reason she thinks she was hired for Who Dares Wins
  • Being inspired by AJ Hackett on the show Can You Hackett
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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presenter, celebrity treasure island, lana coc-kroft, miss universe, sale of the century, model, wheel of fortune, mountain dew on the edge, can you hackett, sports cafe, illness, sick, coral, who dares wins, AJ hackett, hackett

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Dai Henwood: Taking comedy to new heights

Posted on 3 July 2012

Dai Henwood is one of New Zealand’s favourite comedians. He began his TV career on the show Pulp Comedy and followed that up with a number of presenting roles on the small screen. His acting roles include Xena, Secret Agent Men and The Tribe. Henwood is best-known for his ongoing appearances in comedy show 7 Days. In this ScreenTalk, Henwood talks about:

  • Making his first joke at the tender age of five
  • Cutting his comic teeth on TV show Pulp Comedy
  • Being repeatedly smashed against a bar on the set of Xena
  • Playing a molester on The Tribe
  • Being laughed at in the Australian Outback on his C4 show Roll the Dai
  • Why 7 Days has to be checked by a lawyer
  • How the kids’ pictures are his favourite part of the show
  • Learning to cope with jokes about his height
  • Being the son of veteran actor Ray Henwood
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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interview, xena, comedy, presenter, comedian, 7 days, Screentalk, dai henwood, pulp comedy, secret agent men, the tribe, roll the dai, height, ray henwood, short

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Catherine Saunders on generous figures, genuine advice, and gyms

Posted on 10 January 2012

Catherine Saunders has had a long career in both broadcasting and PR. She began her media career as a radio announcer in 1961 and produced a number of radio documentaries before crossing over to television as a continuity announcer. In the mid 60s, Saunders was a reporter on the current affairs programme Town and Around. She was also a panelist on Beauty and the Beast for 12 years, and co-hosted the chat show Saunders and Sinclair. In the 90s, Saunders hosted 50 Forward with Gordon McLauchlan - a show aimed at older viewers. In this ScreenTalk, Saunders talks about:

  • Doing 'silly' stories on the current affairs show Town and Around
  • Working with intelligent articulate women
  • How female presenters today have thin waists and perky breasts
  • Shooting three weeks of shows in a day on Beauty and the Beast
  • Tackling controversial topics on the show and offering serious advice
  • How the audience didn't want advice from men on the show
  • Working with the genius that was host Selwyn Toogood
  • Being surprised by a mass protest on the chat show Saunders and Sinclair
  • The reason co-host Geoff Sinclair left the show
  • Having fun at a gym with Gordon McLauchlan on 50 Forward
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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town and around, beauty and the beast, presenter, saunders and sinclair, 50 forward

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Martin Devlin on playing the game

Posted on 1 November 2011

Martin Devlin’s first screen appearance involved playing a policeman in a film shot in Taranaki - he can’t remember the name of it, but is fairly sure it wasn’t a box office hit. Following success as a radio broadcaster, Devlin made his first foray into television on a rugby panel for Sky TV, before hosting sports show House of Football. Since then Devlin has been a familiar face on NZ television, as part of mad cap game show A Game of Two Halves, triumphantly beating Peter Urlich to finish second to last on Dancing with the Stars, and hosting both the Football World Cup and Rugby World Cup 2011 coverage for TV ONE. In this ScreenTalk interview, Devlin talks about:

  • His first TV appearance
  • His favourite memories from House of Football
  • Why he chose to compete on Dancing with the Stars
  • His experiences on the show
  • Behind-the-scenes antics on A Game of Two Halves
  • How he landed the job hosting coverage of the Football World Cup
  • His impressions of his role hosting Rugby World Cup 2011 coverage for TV ONE
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence

 
 

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a game of two halves, peter urlich, football world cup, tv one, presenter, sports journalist, house of football, dancing with the stars, rugby world cup, TVNZ, New Zealand

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