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Denis Harvey: America’s Cup TV mastermind…

Posted on 29 September 2014

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.

 
 

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dig this, science express, kaleidoscope, producer, sports, americas cup, olympics, yachting, the amazing race, avalon, gardening, sir edmund hillary

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Bill McCarthy: Sports anchor, turned newsreader, turned producer …

Posted on 14 July 2014

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.

 
 

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bill mccarthy, presenter, anchor, sports, newsreader, opus, classical, music, telethon, rugby world cup, olympics, shine tv, christian, nzbc, top town, two boats two dreams

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Bailey Mackey: The man behind the GC…

Posted on 25 November 2013

Bailey Mackey is a former news reporter on Te Karere and 3 News, who is now producing and directing commercial Māori series through Black Inc Media. He is the main creative force behind controversial show The GC, and new reality series The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison.

In this ScreenTalk, Mackey talks about:

  • The shock of going from iwi radio to TVNZ show Te Karere
  • The challenge of working on 3 News
  • How the show Code brought sports talk to Māori Television
  • The origin of famous phrase 'Mean Māori Mean'
  • Feeling very proud of rugby series Beneath the Maori Moon
  • Wanting to show a different side of Māori life in The GC
  • His thoughts on the controversy surrounding the show
  • Pitching the idea of The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison
  • Getting the right mix of drama, vulnerability and humour on the show

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

 
 

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te karere, 3 news, sports, reporter, journalist, producer, director, black inc media, the gc, the life and times of temuera morrison, code, maori television, mean maori mean, beneath the maori moon, maori

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Ric Salizzo: The king of unconventional sports television

Posted on 30 October 2012

Producer Ric Salizzo started out as a sports reporter and newsreader on the radio. In his early television days, he was criticised for frowning during news bulletins, and he freely admits that conventional sports broadcasting was not his forte. Salizzo found his production niche with the ground-breaking rugby documentaries The Good, the Bad and the Rugby and Blood, Sweat and Touring. He was also producer and co-host of long-running sports entertainment show Sportscafe, and is currently executive producer of The Crowd Goes Wild. In this ScreenTalk, Salizzo talks about:

  • Believing he was terrible as a sports newsreader on One Network News
  • Having his face compared to a rubber tyre by a TV reviewer
  • Showing the ‘human’ face of the All Blacks in The Good, the Bad and the Rugby
  • How the need to create a job for himself led to Sportscafe
  • Lana Coc-Kroft joining the show because Marc Ellis fancied her
  • Trashing the set in the final programme - his favourite episode
  • Learning a huge lesson from the ‘terrible’ Sugar Shack
  • Creating a new twist on sports news with The Crowd Goes Wild
  • Coming through the tough times of losing his wife Cathy Campbell, and still wanting to tell good stories

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

 
 

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producer, interview, reporter, sports, the good the bad and the rugby, blood sweat and touring, sportscafe, the crowd goes wild, sugar shack, screentalk, ric salizzo

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