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Debra Kelleher: From Neighbours to Dancing with the Stars...

Interview – 2016

Debra Kelleher is an award-winning drama and entertainment producer who has worked on both sides of the Tasman. Beginning her career with Grundy Productions, she worked on a number of Australian TV shows including Neighbours, Sale of the Century and Perfect Match. Back in New Zealand, Kelleher has produced everything from Dancing with the Stars and Good Morning, to sci fi hit The Tribe.

In this ScreenTalk, Kelleher talks about:

  • Helping cast a famous face on soap Neighbours
  • Learning the ins and outs of Shortland Street as production coordinator
  • Being impressed with actor William Shatner on the set of A Twist in the Tail
  • Meeting some major Kiwi talents early in their careers on The Tribe
  • Feeling that "kooky" show Atlantis High was ahead of its time
  • Dealing with a flood while producing her first episode of Good Morning
  • Working with Jason Gunn on Dancing with the Stars
  • The disappointment of entertainment show One Night Only
  • Setting up morning show Brunch for Choice TV
  • Being keen to go back into hands-on production, despite her managerial experience
This video was first uploaded on 4 April 2016, 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