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John McDonald

Producer, Director, Executive

Trained at Ilam School of Fine Arts, John McDonald cut his teeth directing at TVNZ in the 80s before producing sport for Sky TV. An OE producing at MTV Asia was followed by roles for Screentime. Since joining Mediaworks (TV3) in 2000, he has led an award-winning run of live coverage (Fight for Life, Rugby World Cup, the NZ Music Awards) and comedy. He is Head of In-House Production at Mediaworks.

On shows such as The X Factor and Dancing with the Stars, it pays to expect the unexpected. Something surprising almost always happens, and how you respond to it either improves or diminishes the broadcast outcome. John McDonald, on the challenges of producing live event television

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Dai's House Party

2020, Executive Producer - Television

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Dai's House Party - First Episode

2020, Executive Producer - Television

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Golden Boy - First Episode

2019, Executive Producer - Television

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New Zealand Today - First Episode

2019, Executive Producer - Television

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Golden Boy

2018 - 2020, Executive Producer - Television

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Funny Girls - NZ Suffragette Special

2018, Executive Producer - Television

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Golden Boy (Comedy Pilot Week)

2018, Executive Producer - Television

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Lucy Lewis Can't Lose - Series Two

2017, Executive Producer - Web

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Lucy Lewis Can't Lose - Series One

2016, Executive Producer - Web

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Ewen Gilmour - Westie Legend

2015, Executive Producer - Television

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AotearoHA - Rising Stars

2015, Executive Producer - Television

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7 Days - 200th Episode

2015, Executive Producer - Television

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Dancing with the Stars - Simon Barnett excerpt (Series Six Final)

2015, Executive Producer - Television

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The X Factor (NZ)

2013 - 2015, Executive Producer - Television

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The X Factor (NZ) - 2013 Grand Final

2013, Executive Producer - Television

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The Ridges

2012, Executive Producer - Television

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Jono and Ben

2012 - 2018, Executive Producer - Television

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Jono and Ben at Ten - First Episode

2012, Executive Producer - Television

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The Ridges - First Episode

2012 - 2012, Executive Producer - Television

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AotearoHA - Next Big Things

2011, Executive Producer - Television

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7 Days

2009 - ongoing, Executive Producer - Television

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AotearoHA

2007, Executive Producer - Television

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Dancing with the Stars

2015, 2018, Executive Producer - Television

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Fast Forward

1988 -1989, Director - Television

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Smash Palace

1981, Assistant Editor - Film