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March 31, 2024 100 mins

Sir Ian has lived one hell of a life.

He was the lead singer of a rock band, he served in the army, worked at a brewery, studied law, became a kids presenter for TVNZ, then a TV star, before setting up his own production company.

Today, he’s one of New Zealand’s top business leaders. His team at ARL have revolutionised how we watch sport, he’s earned a knighthood for his services to broadcasting and business and he’s become an outspoken columnist.

In this episode we talk about the day he went to work to shut down his company, and why he didn’t, the origin story of creating graphics for sport and how he secured contracts all over the world, why his company only made their first profit in 2019, his thoughts on politics and the current state of NZ and much, much more.

Sir Ian is one of NZ’s great characters, with so much wisdom to share and love to spread. This was a chat we felt priviliged to be a part of with one of NZ’s greatest innovators.

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