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
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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