The consummate all-rounder, Murray Wood began arranging and performing music for television in the 1970s. Later he founded computer sales company MagnumMac, and spent seven years as managing director of Canterbury Television. Wood died in the collapse of the CTV building, in the earthquake of February 22 2011.
A meticulous, unflappable producer and director, John Lye’s career spanned three decades – most of it spent with TVNZ in Christchurch and Avalon. Lye did time as a cameraman and floor manager. Later he commanded two major productions of the 1980s — That’s Country and McPhail and Gadsby. After leaving TVNZ in 2000, he helped launch Big Brother Australia and live broadcasts of New Zealand Parliament.
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.