On the Jam TV website, Jane Andrews lists her globetrotting career highlights: reaching the summit of a mountain in Nepal; maintaining phone contact with a hostage-taker while police engineered a rescue attempt; paddling a boat down the Ganges; mounting a successful campaign to free a war veteran who faced spending his 80th birthday behind bars; being kissed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver; and playing the late Johnny Cash's guitar.

Andrews' media career started with a journalism degree at the NZ School of Broadcasting, followed in the early 90s by an internship in the TVNZ newsroom, where she worked for five years. Her interest began to encompass to other forms of story-telling, taking her through an array of reality programmes and live shows.

Andrews set up Jam TV with producer Melanie Rakena in 2002. They launched the company to allow them the luxury of making interesting and innovative programmes "their way". These programmes include the company's flagship travel show Intrepid Journeys, which ran for nine seasons from its 2003 debut, Working Holiday and a number of award-winning shows presented by Marcus Lush and (seperately) Te Radar.

Initially Andrews concentrated on financial matters, but she soon moved into production. At JAM she has now directed or produced over 500 hours of television, including 2012 Best Information Series awardwinner Global Radar, and World War I documentary Our Lost War, hosted by actor Robyn Malcolm.

Among Jam's most high profile shows have been a trio of quirky, award-winning travel shows hosted by Marcus Lush - Off the Rails (exploring New Zealand via its railway history), Ice (a month in Antartica), and South (a journey through Southland).

Andrews and Rakena won the Best Micro Business category of the 2006 Her Business Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

In 2010, Jam TV productions walked away with four Qantas awards, and Andrews found herself duelling with her business partner in two categories: winning Best Information/Lifestyle Programme for sustainable living show Radar's Patch, while losing best director to Rakena for the later's work on South.


Sources include
Jam TV website. Accessed 22 January 2014
'Her Insight' (Interview Melanie Rakena and Jane Andrews) - Her Business magazine, May 2007