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Andrew Shaw: From kids show host to TVNZ executive...

Interview – 2009

TV executive Andrew Shaw has more than three decades of experience in the New Zealand TV industry, from being a teen heart-throb presenter, to directing and producing, to sitting on top of the heap as an executive at TVNZ.

In this ScreenTalk, Shaw talks about:

  • Early days as a presenter, 'fluking' a screen test to get the Here's Andy gig
  • His anticipation of his 'expiry date' and the deal he brokered to train as a multi-camera director, working on shows from Billy T James’ Radio Times to music programmes
  • His breaks from TVNZ, working for South Pacific Pictures (where he was charged with broadening their slate from drama and film; he introduced the Idol franchise to NZ TV), working as a programmer and commissioner for Prime TV, and helping launch the Documentary Channel with Richard Driver
  • His return to TVNZ and his passionate belief in the resilience and importance of network TV as a 'gathering place' in the age of the internet
  • Criticism about programming arts docos at 10.30pm at night
  • The challenge of balancing 'god and mammon' - commercial and public service - that TVNZ has to manage
  • The 'privilege' of working for the public broadcaster, citing the Sir Edmund Hillary Westminster Abbey memorial service as an example of something he wouldn’t get the opportunity to do elsewhere

This video was first uploaded on 18 January 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 - Clare O'Leary. Camera and Editing - Leo Guerchmann