Colin Hogg first made his name as a newspaper journalist (The Southland Times, The NZ Herald, The Auckland Star), where he often wrote about rock music. Then he moved into television, mainly as a writer and producer on documentary and arts programmes.
During a long association with Greenstone Pictures, Hogg won the 1999 Television Award for scriptwriting for his work on Crump, a feature-length documentary about writer Barry Crump. He conceived and wrote two series of the TV One arts programme Mercury Lane, wrote and produced documentaries A Flock of Students, History Man (on writer Michael King) and Piano Man (on pianist Michael Houston).
Hogg also wrote scripts across nine seasons of popular TVNZ series The Zoo; in 2003 he was nominated three times in the same category of the NZ Television Awards, for his work on Mercury Lane and The Zoo. In the same period he did two seasons as a regular panelist on TV One’s nightly advice show, How’s Life?.
Hogg went on to launch his own production company, 3rd Party Productions, which specialises in making documentaries and arts shows, including and interview show Talk Talk, and two shows hosted by writer Emily Perkins: The Book Show (on TV One) and The Good Word (TVNZ 6).
Away from television, Hogg is a long-term magazine columnist and has written books on topics as various as adultery, cinema, cannabis, and poet Sam Hunt.
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