After presenting children's television, sports and magazine shows (Spot On, That's Fairly Interesting, 3:45 LIVE!, Keoghan's Heroes), Phil Keoghan moved to the United States. In 2000 he was picked to host The Amazing Race, one of the most awarded shows in the history of reality television. Multiple Emmy-winner Keoghan has also written book No Opportunity Wasted, and created a bevy of accompanying TV series.
Dorthe Scheffmann’s varied behind the scenes roles have helped ensure that many classic Kiwi movies managed to finish their shoots, without falling apart in the process. In 1996 she competed at the Cannes Film Festival with The Beach, the first short film she directed. Her first feature was released in 2018: ensemble drama Vermilion starring actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
Barry Jenkin spent three years as the inaugural host of Radio with Pictures, the long-running TV show that demonstrated life existed outside the musical mainstream. Aside from talking music on radio and TV, the veteran DJ’s distinctively gravelly voice has been heard on documentaries and many commercials.
Kim Harrop describes writing scripts as "the most exhilarating/ challenging/ enlightening/ masochistic/ addictive thing in the world." Harrop spent eight years writing for long-running soap Shortland Street. She has developed several programmes (First Crossings, The NZ Home), as well as writing and producing internet hit The Coffin Club and co-creating black comedy series Fresh Eggs with Nick Ward.
Welsh-born James Harris played an important role in the founding of the National Film Unit in 1941. A well-educated, versatile filmmaker equally at home behind the camera, operating a splicer or wielding a pen, he spent 26 years with the NFU, mostly as a senior director. Photo credit: Archives New Zealand, reference AAQT 6401 A23,729
Peter Rowley has performed alongside many Kiwi comedy legends, including David McPhail, Jon Gadsby and Billy T James. After debuting on hit 1970s sketch show A Week of It, he joined the ensembles of McPhail and Gadsby and (in 1985) The Billy T James Show. In 1994 Rowley won equal billing alongside comedian Pio Terei on Pete and Pio, before going on to co-star in McPhail and Gadsby's Letter to Blanchy.
At age 10 Jaime Passier-Armstrong sent her future agent a CV, written in felt-tip pen. In 2000 she acted in movie Jubilee, before segueing into a bigger role in Crooked Earth, as feisty daughter to Temuera Morrison’s Will. She won more followers on Shortland Street, and her character Jay Copeland’s 2006 civil union broke new ground on Kiwi television. Passier-Armstrong has also acted in bilingual drama Korero Mai.
The varied CV of John Charles includes composing music for classic movies Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and The Quiet Earth. Charles has worked in television on both sides of the Tasman, including time as head of entertainment for Television One, and directing duties on landmark drama series Pukemanu and comedy Buck House.
Best-known as an outspoken and award-winning columnist, Rosemary McLeod devised and was principal writer on iconic 80s soap Gloss, detailing the lives and loves of Remuera's Redfern fashion magazine dynasty. She also created Bruno Lawrence/Ginette McDonald gender politics sitcom All Things Being Equal. and has written scripts for Country GP.
Lynette Forday followed a Bachelor of Arts from Queensland University of Technology with acting training at NIDA in Sydney. In 1994 she broke primetime ground on Kiwi TV for an Asian actor, with a lead role on Shortland Street. She played fun-loving doctor Grace Kwan until 1997 (and performed a tracheotomy on Chris Warner, with a Star Trek pen). The character returned in 2013, to play a surrogate Mum for Warner’s baby. In between, Forday became a real-life parent, and had roles in The Strip, Go Girls, and a Qantas Award-nominated part in boy racer drama Ride with the Devil. She has also reported for Asia Downunder.