About CraigMeade

I’ve spent the last thirty years delivering leadership, creativity and success to the television industry, overseeing budgets in the millions of dollars and supervising teams of more than thirty people.  The wildlife production I’m leading right now has a budget in excess of ten million U.S. dollars, is being filmed in sixty remote locations in a dozen different countries plus Antarctica and has multiple international broadcast investors. Many of the shows I have produced have been in extreme locations and/or involved complex and potentially dangerous activities involving everyday people.  I directed four series of The Mole, nine series of Treasure Island and a series of Survivor and designed most of the adventure challenges in those shows…using engineering, pyrotechnics, electricity, ingenuity and even deadly animals to create fun, seemingly risky and challenging adventures.  I have consistently brought these productions in safely and on budget, without compromising the ultimate goal of television…to be a lot of fun. Alongside my role as Executive Producer at NHNZ, I worked with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to implement a company-wide training package to instill design thinking methodology and practice throughout NHNZ. I mentor young up-and-coming filmmakers and give guest lectures at the University of Otago. I am also a Senior Firefighter, a Medical First Responder and Health and Safety Officer for Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). I have been voted ‘Firefighter of the Year’ – by my fellow firefighters for five of the last six years. As part of my role with FENZ I attend regular regional leadership meetings, liaise with head office regarding national safety issues and attend governance courses.
  • Sector Original ContentDevelopmentPost ProductionSeries Development
  • Preferred Job Title Executive ProducerHead of ProductionShowrunnerWriter