With two producers, two directors, a researcher/ writer, a production manager, an editor, a soundie and camera op…the Raising Children production team is a small but experienced group of programme makers.
Most of this very same team have been together since Homegrown Television was formed in 2002 by Jude Dobson www.homegrowntv.co.nz .
We’re passionate about making programmes about parenting and as we are all parents of children from age one to 16, we readily identify with the subject!
Raising Children has been a huge undertaking undertaken with love (and a fair few long days and late nights!) by Jude, Jan, Sara, Bex, Michelle, Janette, Tony, Matt and Emma
Jude Dobson – Producer/Narrator
Jude Dobson may be best known for her time in front of the camera, but for the last 10 years she has been working behind the camera, investing in her passion for childcare and producing television shows for parents.
She sat down with tvnz.co.nz to tell us more about her newest project, Raising Children in New Zealand.
What inspired you to create Raising Children in NZ?
I had children and I was reasonably across things because I used to be a post-natal nurse, working with little babies, and I had done some nannying but I still felt sometimes I was paddling.
Where is the answer to this? How to I keep my head above water? I thought there weren’t really any decent resources out there for parents and if I worked in television maybe that’s what I really wanted to do. That was my passion.
I’ve worked in this arena now for a while so when 5.30 with Jude finished in 2001, I thought it was time to move from in front of the camera to behind it. So a group of us who had all worked on the Jude show thought we should try and make a show for parents.
We set up Homegrown and have been making parenting programmes since 2002.
It’s been a long journey and Raising Children is the culmination of a few years of different programmes and really targeting and getting to know all the people involved in Plunket, Barnardos and the Ministry and pulling those key people together to make something.