Long-time television and radio host Mark Leishman began his TV career as a continuity announcer, and then moved on to regional news show Today Tonight. Over the years Leishman has appeared on a number of hit shows including Top Town, That’s Fairly Interesting and Tux Wonder Dogs. As well as presenting, he has also directed documentaries such as A Friend For Life and Kohi: A Guide For Life.
In this ScreenTalk, Leishman talks about:
- Getting a chance to read the news and create stories on Today Tonight
- Taking over the reins on Top Town
- How budgets and health and safety regulations weren’t an issue
- A future All Black becoming ultra competitive
- Joining a youthful Phil Keoghan hosting That’s Fairly Interesting
- Missing out on some great footage when directing the Peter Blake Bi-Centennial Race Around Australia
- Making Tux Wonder Dogs a hit
- Jim Mora’s scripts and voice bringing personality to the show
- Creating a series of documentaries on guide dogs
- Pitting celebrities against a young genius on The Great NZ Spelling Bee
- Feeling fortunate to have had a good long run on TV
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside