John Harris was the long-time owner of one of New Zealand’s biggest production companies: Greenstone Pictures. He began his television career at TVNZ working in news and current affairs and helped launch Top Half. Moving into the private sector he produced a number of TV shows including That’s Fairly Interesting and Heroes. In 1994 he created Greenstone Pictures, and went on to produce a huge range of TV shows such as The Zoo; Epitaph; Motorway Patrol; and Neighbours at War. In 2010 Greenstone acquired the production company Cream Media, and more recently Harris has sold Greenstone.
In this ScreenTalk, Harris talks about:
- Becoming the Programme Editor on Top Half in 1980
- ‘Marrying’ John Hawkesby and Judy Bailey on the show
- How a pack of dogs ruined the set
- Producing That’s Fairly Interesting for Communicado
- How the show Heroes showed the better side of human nature
- Setting up Greenstone Pictures
- How Epitaph showed a unique side of New Zealand history
- Expanding his business by purchasing Cream
- The ‘privilege’ of telling other people’s stories on TV
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