A Diploma in Broadcast Communication led Sam Blackley to a gig with high profile company Communicado, then a run producing youth shows Space, Squeeze, and Coast. Her other career highlights include three years as Channel Manager at Sky TV’s Documentary Channel, and five seasons producing community celebration series Neighbourhood.     

As a producer, I feel it is my job to provide structure and support, and to inspire collaboration and the desire to make something the whole team is proud of. If that works, it's magic! Sam Blackley
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Showtime

2013, Producer - Television

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Neighbourhood

2012 - 2017, Producer - Television

This long-running factual series aims to celebrate "what diversity really means for all New Zealanders", by exploring the people and culture of Kiwi neighbourhoods. Four stories per episode are presented by a personality with links to the 'hood. The hosts include actors Madeleine Sami, Shimpal Lelisi and Yoson An, musicians King Kapisi and Tami Neilson, tennis player Marina Erakovic and designer Sean Kelly. Made by Satellite Media for TVNZ, six seasons had been made up to 2018. Neighbourhood was nominated for Best Information Series at the 2012 NZ Television Awards. 

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Under the Grill

2011, Post-Production Producer - Television

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Highway Cops

2011 - 2012, Producer - Television

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Five Days in the Red Zone

2011, Producer - Television

On the evening after the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011, Alexandra’s three person rural drink-drive squad was sent to the city to assist rescue efforts. They were accompanied by field director Pip Wallis, who had been filming them for TV2 series Highway Cops. Hers was the only media camera allowed behind the cordon in the devastated central city Red Zone during those first few days. This documentary intersperses news coverage with her footage as the Central Otago police confront unimagined destruction, ongoing aftershocks and the human face of the tragedy. 

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Rivers with Craig Potton

2010, Head of Factual Programming - Television

Renowned landscape photographer, publisher and conservationist Craig Potton takes viewers up New Zealand rivers in this South Pacific Pictures series, made for Prime TV. Each episode focused on a significant Aotearoa waterway, and the ecology and people connected with it.  Episodes featured the Clutha River in the deep south, Clarence River near Kaikoura, Rangitata River in Canterbury, Mokihinui River on the South Island's west coast, and Waikato River in the central North Island. The Rangitata episode won Potton Best Documentary Script at the 2011 SWANZ Awards.

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Rivers with Craig Potton - Rangitata

2010, Head of Factual Programming - Television

In this award-winning episode of the Rivers series, photographer Craig Potton visits Canterbury’s Rangitata River. The great braided river is home to the rare wrybill, and the landscape has provided inspiration for Samuel Butler (utopian satire Erewhon) and Peter Jackson (Mount Sunday is Edoras in Lord of the Rings). It’s been shaped by glaciers, the nor’wester, irrigation and farming. In this excerpt Potton and climbing mates try to reach the fabled Garden of Eden ice plateau and the river’s “pure heart”; a mission Potton and friend Robbie Burton failed to complete 30 years before.

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NZ's Top 100 History Makers

2005, Head of Production - Television

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The Big Experiment

2005, Executive Producer - Television

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Love, Speed and Loss

2005, Executive Producer - Television

Love, Speed and Loss is an extended documentary about racer Kim Newcombe, who turned heads in the 70s on a König motorbike he developed and designed himself. Built around home movie footage and interviews with his charismatic, straight-talking widow Janeen, the film follows the couple's travels across Europe, and triumph on the track. Newcombe was killed racing in 1973, and posthumously finished second in that year's World 500cc Championship. Love, Speed and Loss won best documentary at the 2007 Qantas TV Awards and Air NZ Screen gongs for documentary, directing, and editing.

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Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

2004 - ongoing, Producer - Television

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Coast

2004 - 2006, Producer - Television

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Heavenly Pop Hits - The Flying Nun Story

2002, Producer - Television

This documentary tells the story of the legendary Flying Nun music label up to its 21st birthday. The label became associated with the 'Dunedin Sound': a catch-all term for a sprawl of DIY, post-punk, warped, jangly guitar-pop. The Guardian: "[it's] as if being on the other side of the world meant the music was played upside down". Features interviews with founder Roger Shephard and many key players, the spats and the glory. The label's influence on the US indie scene is noted, and Pavement's Stephen Malkmus covers The Verlaines' 'Death and the Maiden'. 

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An Awfully Big Adventure: Big Day Out 2002

2002, Executive Producer - Television

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Offside

2001, Head of Production - Television

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NZ Music Awards 2001

2001, Producer - Television

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Space

2000 - 2003, Producer - Television

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Five O'Clock with Jude Dobson

2000, Director - Television

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The Big Time

2000 - 2001, Executive Producer - Television

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Robbie Williams, Here Now

2000, Producer - Television

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Going, Going, Gone

2000 - 2004, Director - Television

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Squeeze (Music Show)

2002 - 2004, Producer, Producer - Television

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Motorway Patrol

1999, Writer - Television

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Revell with a Cause

1998, Director - Television

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Not Just a Domestic - NZ Police

1994, Director - Television

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You’ve Got to Laugh

1986, Interviewer, Director, Producer - Television