Top Shelf Productions, a leader in New Zealand television and film production, has a long and successful history in programme making, particularly in the documentary and factual series genres.
Top Shelf has made over 600 hours of documentary and factual programming including Gangs (2008), Mental Breakdown (2003), Cinema Of Unease (1995) and All About Eve (1990); and Top Shelf has produced iconic series like Target, What's Really In Our Food? and Frontier Of Dreams.
Top Shelf also has a significant feature and drama slate making three one-off dramas, a mini-series and co-producing two feature films.
The company has always maintained a strong interest in social issues and this is reflected in a number of not-for-broadcast projects for organisations like The Problem Gambling Foundation, Lifeline, and the Ministries of Health, Education and Justice.
Established in 1988 by Vincent Burke, the company has offices in Auckland and Wellington. Vincent is largely based in Wellington and business partner Laurie Clarke oversees the running of the Auckland office.
Vincent, Laurie and the Top Shelf team take great pride in making quality programmes that inform, entertain and engage New Zealand and international audiences. Feel free to visit Top Shelf website and contact them with any queries regarding the existing slate or for programmes you would like to see made in the future.
Just prior to the Rugby World Cup in 2011, IVCS launched a publicity campaign to highlight extra vigilance needed on the roads during this period. IVCS and some pretty scary New Zealand videos featuring tourists getting it all wrong on our roads featured heavily on both TV3 News and Campbell Live. Laurie Clarke, Executive Producer Top Shelf Productions, watched this news bulletin and thought that the footage may make for a good show. Then Road Madness was born. We have been working with Top Shelf to get the first season off the ground. We hope to run a few more seasons yet for sure! They are a great team and real advocates for road safety.