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Phil Keoghan: From Spot On to the world...

Phil Keoghan: From Spot On to the world...

Interviews - 2013

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New Zealander Phil Keoghan has become an internationally-known TV host thanks to his role on Emmy-winning reality series The Amazing Race. Keoghan began his career as a TVNZ cameraman before moving into presenting on kids show Spot On. He hosted on a number of TV shows in New Zealand, including That's Fairly Interesting. Keoghan moved to the United States in the 1990s, where he began to get broadcasting work, eventually landing the coveted role as host of The Amazing Race. Keoghan has also produced and presented other international shows.

In this ScreenTalk, Keoghan talks about:

  • Loving the chance to perform on kids show Spot On
  • How That's Fairly Interesting helped hone his storytelling skills
  • Being mentored by fellow presenter Mark Leishman
  • Learning to cope with live TV on 3:45 LIVE!
  • An embarrassing moment with Milli Vanilli on set
  • Fighting with actor Kevin Smith for Gloss
  • How his Kiwi accent lost him the role of presenting Survivor
  • Faking an American accent to host The Amazing Race
  • Believing the show opens up world culture to an American audience
  • The challenges of making 'feel-good' series No Opportunity Wasted
  • How his documentary The Ride has become one of his favourite projects
  • Being proud of the show earning a million dollars for multiple sclerosis

This video was first uploaded on 18 February 2013, 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