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One from Ten equals boost for NMIT

22 Mar 2013

Nick Lovett has joined the Screen and Media Department of NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) as Program Coordinator. Nick brings over 15 years Network Ten television production experience to his role at the institute's Collingwood Campus.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge of meeting students' needs. TV is a wide and varied field and my role is to help students understand the range of positions available in the industry and help them discover which role is best for them.”

After completing a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, Nick worked in advertising before moving to the graphics department at Network Ten. He became the department's supervisor before spending four years as Production Supervisor of Ten's Melbourne productions.

“As Production Supervisor, I developed a comprehensive understanding of each department, especially as the network expanded its news services and produced a wide range of shows.” Nick helped produce shows such as The Circle, 7PM Project, Before The Game, Thank God You're Here, Talkin' Bout Your Generation, The Bolt Report, 5th Quarter, Game Plan, One Week at a Time, as well as the coverage of IPL Cricket, the Commonwealth Games, and the US Open and Masters golf tournaments.

“Ten was a terrific environment to workin, like a big family really. It was also a great learning environment - a very close-knit team, where managers provided positive strategies to grow and succeed. Having live production across a lot of different genres broadened my skills and kept things fresh. I also enjoyed working with production houses like Roving, Granada and Working Dog.”

Nick'sinterest in education was piqued though his role developing Network Ten's Broadcast Traineeship, a program which provided training and opportunities for many NMIT, RMIT, Deakin and Box Hill students. Upon leaving Ten in 2011, he gained further experience working as a sessional educator at RMIT.

Nick says the current TV industry is represented by a large and expanding number of technical TV production roles, so NMIT is looking to provide extensive training with cutting-edge facilities.

“For example, NMIT is one of the few institutions that have EVS broadcast equipment, but not all students are aware of the opportunities that this can create. For instance the AFL football uses multiple EVS operators for each broadcast and there are several games being broadcast each week. Each operator captures short pieces of vision and audio to provide to the director for replays. That demand might not be immediately obvious to students. We've also got brilliant facilities like a full HD studio with quality cameras and mixing units. We're aiming to provide students with the best equipment and the best opportunities.”

Nick's also keen to give the students a better understanding of the attitude needed to succeed in the TV industry. “The job's 50 per cent about attitude - remaining positive during live TV and pre-production is essential. Our certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma screen and media courses give students the time to develop their skills, to understand what it's like to be part of a team, to work under pressure and to develop attention to detail.”

Nick is looking forward to the challenges of his new role. “My greatest satisfaction will be to see former NMIT students whenever I see live TV produced inMelbourne.”

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.