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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.



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

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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.



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

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