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Jam TV: An award-winning boutique production company...

Jam TV: An award-winning boutique production company...

Interviews - 2010

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Jam TV is a boutique production company owned and run by Melanie Rakena and Jane Andrews. The duo met while working at TVNZ and formed the company to make Intrepid Journeys, the long-running TV ONE show that took local personalities out of their comfort zones and into challenging locations around the globe. Jam has also produced a range of other well-received factual series including Off the Rails, ICE, South, and Off the Radar, as well as the documentary Our Lost War.

In this ScreenTalk, Rakena and Andrews talk about:

  • How working together at TVNZ cemented their working relationship
  • Being told it would be impossible to film Intrepid Journeys
  • How illness and discomfort create close bonds between presenters and crew
  • A near death experience on a mountain in Borneo
  • Taking Marcus Lush to the ends of the earth in ICE and the ends of New Zealand in South
  • Being mistaken for a true-blue West Coaster in Off the Rails
  • Living with Te Radar in a paddock while filming Off the Radar
  • Wishing Te Radar would keep his pants on

This video was first uploaded on 28 June 2010, 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