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Rex Simpson

Producer, Director

Rex Simpson has helped create a run of classic Kiwi children's shows. The former teacher joined state televison in 1976 as a presentation director. He established popular afternoon slot Nice One with Stu Dennison, before joining the Children's Department as a director and producer. In 1981 he created long-running Saturday show What Now? In 1988 he left TVNZ to set up a children's department at new channel TV3 — he was co-creator of TV3's InFocus, for which kids made much of the content. Simpson went on to form his own company, Kids TV in 1991, and later did time as a radio announcer and local body politician.

Respect and embrace the child within. Each and every one of us is just a five-year-old in longer pants with more experiences. We learn more in the first five years than we do for the rest of our lives. Rex Simpson

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Interview

RNZ Interview: What Now? - Stacey Morrison & Rex Simpson

Interview, 2022

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 1 - From One Channel to One Hundred

2010, Subject - Television

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Suzy's Big Day Out

1999 - 2002, Director, Producer - Television

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Suzy's Big Day Out

1999 - 2002, Producer, Director - Television

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You and Me - The Farm

1997, Executive Producer - Television

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You and Me - Going to School

1994, Executive Producer - Television

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Best of You and Me - Volume One

1994, Executive Producer - Television

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You and Me - Toilet Training

1993, Executive Producer - Television

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You and Me

1993 - 1998, Producer - Television

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Infocus - Smokefree Rockquest

1993, Executive Producer - Television

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The Neville Brothers - Keepers of the Flame

1992, Executive Producer - Television

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The Early Bird Show - Excerpts

1991, Producer - Television

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YaHoo - Excerpts

1991 - 1995, Executive Producer - Television

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Short Sportz - 1991 'Best Of'

1991, Director, Executive Producer - Television

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InFocus

1990 - 1995, Producer, Creator - Television

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The Early Bird Show

1989 - 1993, Producer - Television

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What Now?

1981 - 1987, Producer, Creator - Television

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Nice One - Christmas Show

1978, Producer, Director - Television

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Will the Real Mr Claus Please Stand Up

1977, Writer, Director - Television

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University Challenge

1987 - 1988, Director - Television

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Nice One

1976 - 1978, Director, Producer - Television

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Beauty and the Beast

1984 - 1986, Producer - Television

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Ready to Roll - Nice One Stu excerpts

1975, Producer, Director - Television

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Spot On

1977 - 1981, Director - Television

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Play School

1977 - 1980, Director - Television