Darcey-Ray Flavell-Hudson won local fame after the runaway success of a public safety campaign that saw him eating ghost chips, and persuading a mate not to drive drunk. The advertisement attracted two million plus YouTube hits. Rotorua-raised, Flavell-Hudson had already acted in 2004 short Kerosene Creek and hit movie Boy. The long-time drummer went on to support singer Stan Walker in feature film Mt Zion.
With the movie Savage Honeymoon and classic TV show Outrageous Fortune, Mark Beesley established himself as the man to call when dealing with rough and tumble families from West Auckland. Elsewhere the talented director and sometime producer has shown his gift for melding comedy and drama on The Almighty Johnsons, Insiders Guide to Happiness, and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Craig Little was one of the first local television stars created by the highly successful regional news shows in the 70s and 80s. In 1970, he took over the presenter’s role on Auckland’s This Day but resigned three years later, tired of constant public attention. He also presented Top Town and New Faces, and worked in radio. Little ran his own PR company, and held positions in Auckland local government.