New Zealand born and raised, but better known for his work in Australia and the US, Alan Dale began his screen career with Kiwi soap Radio Waves. After eight years as patriarch Jim Robinson on Australia's Neighbours he was later cast in hit US show The OC and he established himself as the man to call for business magnates and authority figures: his CV includes 24, Ugly Betty, Lost, and Once Upon a Time.
Since joining children’s TV show Squirt in 2000, Dominic Bowden’s jet-setting career has included time in the New Zealand, the United States, and Australian radio — plus three seasons hosting ratings-topper, NZ Idol. Signed to US agency William Morris Endeavor, Bowden broke into US broadcasting in 2007 as host of talent show The Next Great American Band, after relocating to Los Angeles. He then went behind the scenes on The X Factor USA, and in 2013 began presenting The X Factor (NZ). In 2017 Bowden began hosting the Kiwi version of dating show The Bachelor.
Brent Hansen was a director of iconic 80s music show Radio With Pictures for four years. In 1987 he joined music network MTV in London. By 2003 he had risen to the position of creative president of the entire MTV network outside of America. Hansen finally left MTV in 2006.
John Day rolled film on a wide range of screen projects before establishing company Matte-Box Films in 1980. He went on to mix a busy trans-Tasman commercials career with directing gigs on a number of non-fiction titles (The Power of Music, The Hunt for the Pink and White Terraces), plus ghost movie The Returning. Day passed away on 7 January 2015.
After coming third on talent show Opportunity Knocks as a teen — one of the youngest singers to make the finals — Freddie Hemara acted on kidult hit Sea Urchins, playing one of the brother adventurers over three seasons. Hemara went on to balance work as a nightclub singer with minor roles in legal drama Hanlon and Gloss. Later he moved to Australia, where he has worked in hospitality and managed restaurants.
Malaysian-born, Wellington-raised Michelle Ang now works largely in the United States, where she was Emmy-nominated for Fear the Walking Dead offshoot Flight 462. After debuting on talent show McDonalds Young Entertainers, Ang found fame as a teenager on international hit The Tribe, playing the mystical Tai-San. She brought a rare Asian face to Australian soap Neighbours. In 2011 Ang won an Aotearoa Film Award for her first big screen lead role: Kiwi-Asian romance My Wedding and Other Secrets. She went on to co-star in award-winning American drama For Izzy.
Brian Latham was behind the camera on some of New Zealand's earliest drama series, including Pukemanu and Section 7. Latham left his native England for Aotearoa in the early 60s. He worked in Wellington for the National Film Unit and the NZ Broadcasting Corporation, then did many more years of television in Auckland. He was also a stills photographer. Latham passed away on 15 June 2018.
Trevor Spitz, who died in March 2012, was a key player in the 1989 launch of channel TV3. The musician turned promoter had begun working in television in the 70s as a talent scout and producer of entertainment shows, and won success — and controversy — with hit television export That's Country. He was influential in the careers of many performers, including comedic duo McPhail and Gadsby and singer Suzanne Prentice.
John Maybury was son of 1950s radio broadcaster Jack Maybury. John's own broadcasting career began with a nine year stint at Christchurch station 3ZB, before further radio time in Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne. On television, he presented talent and quiz shows, notably popular 60s talent slot Have A Shot. In the 2000s he co-hosted a Sky TV shopping show with Jennie Forder (née Goodwin). Maybury was an institution at Auckland's Royal Easter Show — official compere for five decades, he also did two as the show's entertainment manager. John Maybury passed away on 16 October 2016.
John A Givins is a television producer and director. His company Livingstone Productions produced the award-winning historical series Captain’s Log, and eleven seasons of Queer Nation. Givins has gone on to produce programmes and develop formats for Māori Television.