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Jam TV: Melanie Rakena and Jane Andrews...

Interview – 2010

Melanie Rakena and Jane Andrews ran production company Jam TV for 18 years. The duo met while working at TVNZ, and formed Jam to make Intrepid Journeys. The long-running travel show sent Kiwi personalities off to challenging locations around the globe. Jam also produced many other well-received factual series, including Off the Rails, South, and Off the Radar, and 2005 documentary Our Lost War.

In this ScreenTalk from 2010, Rakena and Andrews talk about:

  • How working together at TVNZ cemented their working relationship
  • Being told it would be impossible to make show Intrepid Journeys
  • How illness and discomfort can create close bonds between presenters and crew
  • Testing times for traveller Tim Shadbolt, on a mountain in Borneo
  • Rakena taking Marcus Lush to the ends of the earth in ICE, and the ends of New Zealand in South
  • Andrews being mistaken for a true-blue West Coaster in Off the Rails
  • Living with Te Radar in a paddock while filming Off the Radar
  • Wishing Te Radar would keep his pants on
This video was first uploaded on 28 June 2010, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside