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Jon Bridges: On Ice TV’s 11th hour name change...

Interview – 2009

Jon Bridges was born in America. Since moving to New Zealand at the age of three, he has made hundreds of hours of television for NZers - not only from in front of the camera, but also behind it. Bridges' comic dexterity came to light on our screens in the early 90s with TV shows like A Bit After Ten and Away Laughing, but his first big TV role was as co-presenter of the long-running TV3 series Ice TV, which debuted in 1995. Since Ice TV, Bridges has written, directed, produced and starred in numerous documentaries, dramas, game shows and films. He is currently producing TV3's well-received comedy panel show 7 Days.

In this ScreenTalk, Bridges talks about:

  • Working with the fledgling TV3
  • The evolution of TV sketch comedy in NZ
  • How back room reservations meant a change from Ice TV’s original name
  • Working with director Mike Huddleston on the documentary Who Ate All the Pies?
  • The perils of being cast twice on Shortland Street
  • Writing for the youth dramas Secret Agent Men and The Amazing Extraordinary Friends
  • Regretful moments in NZ television
  • Producing the TV panel show 7 Days
This video was first uploaded on 13 October 2009, 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 – James Coleman