Yes there’s glitz and glamour but there’s also a spanner. It’s L.I.V.E. No do-overs. Good thing I was used to working with comb-overs. You see, I’d been a producer on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton for a couple of years, so I knew how to make a mountain out of a minute. Allow me to explain.
When you’re live, every second counts. What a viewer calls a toilet break, I call a race to the tape library, a search for missing vision, a quickity split cut, a bolt up the stairs, through those studio doors…and exhale. Then there are those really rough mornings when a guest goes AWOL.
One day I found a pretty big name exploring our little graphics department – I still marvel at how she somehow managed to escape my clutches in the green room. Or how’s about that time I was working on a three-hour “live” special and one of my musos went missing literally seconds before his cue. Strike up the band and please give me a hand pulling my heart from my mouth.
The big guns never seemed phased by “one of those days”. I worked on lots of live OBs and golly gees those crews are the coolest of customers. Whilst my blood pressure was rising, my colleagues’d be reprising another smoko break in the space of an ad break. Just another day in the outside office, nothing to see here folks.
So back to the Logies…call me one of those old fogies but I love a dapper ‘do and a hearty helping of good manners too. Please excuse me while I drop some names. Working red carpets you meet lots of starlets but these three were quite something else. Good humoured, respectful, professional and polite – Richard Wilkins, Bec and Lleyton Hewitt thanks for making it a great night.
C’mon tell me, will you be watching this year’s Logies?
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