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Kelly Martin: From the copy room to CEO...

Interview – 2016

Kelly Martin is Chief Executive of South Pacific Pictures. She began her TV career working in the photocopy room at TVNZ, before moving on to international acquisitions for the company, then to TV3 where she was a scheduler and ultimately Director of Programming. At the network she oversaw a number of hit TV shows such as Outrageous Fortune, bro'Town, and 7 Days

In this ScreenTalk, Martin talks about:

  • How the photocopying room led to a career in television 
  • Becoming the scheduler of local shows at TV3
  • The risks associated with commissioning the show bro'Town
  • The slow take off of Outrageous Fortune 
  • Being lobbied to have Robyn Malcolm as the show’s lead actor
  • Trying to persuade people that 7 Days would work 
  • Producing Step Dave for South Pacific Pictures
  • Pitching Westside to TV3
  • The secret behind the success of The Brokenwood Mysteries 
  • Working with Channel 7 in Australia on 800 Words
  • Local content being the future for broadcasters in New Zealand 
This video was first uploaded on 12 September 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