Russell began his media career in 1964 at Radio 2GB Sydney in the days of Gordan Chater, Gwen Plumb and Eric Baume, with Charles McLaughlin and the 870 Club introducing all the supa groups of the day like the Easybeats, Billy Thorpe, Max Merrit & Ray Brown and in the Phillip Street Theatre where Radio Plays were acted out to 20 inch acetates and vinyls.
Interested in theatre Russell performed with dramatic societies in England and Australia. In the swinging 60′s he was employed by London’s Harrods as a DJ in the “Way In boutique” before moving to their Radio and Television Department, then Fleet Street and Harlech TV. He returned to television newsreading and reporting in Australia for -MTN9 Griffith, GMV6 Shepparton and then in 1971 at TCN9 Sydney working alongside the renowned Brian Henderson. Russell hosted VFL Football with Ted Whitten and read late news as an adjunct to the introduction of A Current Affair with Mike Willesse.
In 1974 he took up a position with TVW7 Perth, but within 6 months was back with 9 at STW. Copy Writer, voice over merchant and “Entertainment and Police roundsman” he became for 6 years the highest rating Channel 9 Newsreader in STW’s 40 year history winning the Logie in 1983. Russell set up MRG International in 1985 as an independent marketing, promotions and public relations company handling many iconic brands from Century 21 and Canberra TV to Coates Hire and the Avon Descent. In 1996 he broadened the company’s profile taking up the challenge of producing television programs. In 2009 MRGTV was set up.
For over 35 years he has been a big supporter of the community helping many charities, schools and associations and giving many West Australians the opportunity to hone their skills in front of and behind the cameras. As a father of 8 he loves all his children dearly.
Producer & IT Manager
Phil ran his own puppetry company at age 12, discos at 14 and acted in theatre productions before moving into lighting and stage management at school and semi-professionally. He got his first paid job in entertainment at Channel 10, Adelaide in 1986 as a boom operator for ‘Fat Cat & Friends’ before moving into professional theatre, where he worked for the Festival Theatre in Adelaide , the State Opera of SA and The Australian Opera.
In 1988 Phil attended the Centre for Performing Arts studying all aspects of technical theatre. Although never formally trained, he sang in Adelaide piano bars , before travelling to Sydney to sing in AIDA (the biggest opera ever staged in Australia)! After returning from 6 months in London in 1990, Phil graduated from the Radio & Television Academy and began producing and winning awards for his own movies at Young Film Makers Festivals. During this time he had a radio program on 5RPH for five years and also managed a band.
In 1997 Phil moved to Perth, studied for a Diploma in Website Development and then produced internet video commercials for clients’ websites. He has also worked in several office administration positions. Phil’s various roles at MRG have enabled him to draw on all his varied experience and he loves working with such a great team of people!
Senior Editor & Visual FX
Originating from Sweden, Melissa now resides full-time in Perth. After finishing a postgraduate diploma in Melbourne she completed a Masters of Innovative Technology at Edith Cowan University majoring in Film & Video. She grew up in a performance and dance-driven environment, previously working in a Swedish theatre company and as a dance choreographer both in Sweden and Australia. Her true passion however, is the visual medium and the creativity it allows. The diversity of roles she has undertaken include directing, cinematography, scriptwriting, presenting, editing and motion graphics. She has been involved in developing a variety of projects from promo’s, television commercials, television programmes, short-films and music videos. Her work has previously been screened at film festivals such as Tribeca and St Kilda. She is now on board as a Production Coordinator with the team at MRG TV and gets a little too excited about typography, cats and motion graphics!
Peter has held senior management positions within News Limited and McCann Erickson in a career spanning 40 years and encompassing advertising and media sales and marketing across trade publications, mainstream newspapers, broadcast and narrow cast media. Peter, through the company Open Television was an early adopter of the then emerging out of home media options, digital networks and signage with trials established in shopping centre food halls and major supermarkets. He has witnessed the shift from traditional to digital media and the use of digital platforms to deliver “Factual Entertainment” to audiences. Peter brings this experience to MRG with an enthusiasm and drive that gets things done with the minimum fuss and maximum result.
Archive & Database Manager
Stuart holds a degree in Media Studies from Edith Cowen University and is soon to complete a Certificate II in Business Administration. He’s always had a keen interest in all aspects of the media, particularly television and hosted a program on 100FM radio Fremantle for seven years. Stuart is in charge of our vast tape library and extensive databases.
Jon is a Perth based Camera Operator with over 20 years experience in broadcast television production. He has shot in numerous locations in 16 countries around the globe on every imaginable style of production from Drama, Documentary, Lifestyle, Current Affairs, News, Sport, Corporate & Commercial. After two years with production company International Television and seven years on Nine Network staff, Jon commenced freelancing in 1994.
Jon’s extensive experience has seen him film for all netwroks and productions such as: 60 minutes, Getaway, Discovery Channel, CNN, Beyond 2000, Postcards, A Current Affair, Sunday Program, Witness, Today Tonight, 7.30 Report, Winelovers Guide to Australia, Nut’s & Bolt’s, The Investigators, Reuters News Service, Burkes Backyard, Today Show, Big Brother, Dateline, BBC: “Kenyon Confronts”, Channel V, Nightline, Global TV, ABC Sport, ESPN & Star TV Asia, Drivetime TV, E–Life, Crush WA, Home in WA, Rove Live, Australian Idol, Popstars, Australia’s Got Talent, Hot Property & Wine Me Dine Me.
Jon has worked on countless episodes of Russell Goodrick’s Real Estate program, The Motor Show, Russell Goodrick’s Best Country Towns and several big budget corporate videos with the professional team at MRG TV.
Ray is an ideas man! Armed with an extremely deep imagination, Ray’s ability to create new concepts for shows, corporate documentaries, even films in an extraordinary fast time, is indeed something to behold. For those who know him, it’s just Ray doing what he does, but for an outsider, meeting his mind for the first time, often leaves a lasting impression to those who witness his ability.
Originally from Newport, Wales, Ray comes from the world of international sport, – a winner of the 2004 Mr Natural Olympia and a life of achievements. Ray was born with asthma, often physically limited to what he could do as a young man, his teacher introduced him to the world of weight lifting. At 12 years old he became the Welsh schoolboy champion, at the age of 15, he not only became the youngest ever Welsh open champion, he also became the British under 23 champion. By the age of 18, ray had broken 45 Welsh and British records. Not content with what this asthmatic condition had already achieved, at 25 he turned to another sport, natural bodybuilding. After many years of competition, he became the 2004 Natural Mr Olympia, held in Las Vegas.
Since that time, Ray has turned his efforts to the creative world, with a natural ability to tap into the artistic side of his mind. He has fostered this skill set, to a stage that has become incredibly effective in helping create any project in any genre in an amazingly fast timeframe. Ray and Russell have been friends for some six years, their personal respect for each other, along with an organic infusion of each others skill set, that with all the other team members of MRG and their own special abilities makes MRGTV a company that television networks and companies alike are pleased to deal with.
Makeup & Hair
Tania started her career in the eighties studying Hair Design in London. As a Top Stylist she was sent to the US to teach students at the Web Academy in Washington. On leaving the US she set off to fulfill her ambition to travel the World, stopping off in Australia for a year to work with various leading hair establishments. Returning to the UK she graduated from Britain’s leading Make-up Academy, followed by intensive training in Colour and Image with a top consultancy in London.
Tania moved to California, where she worked on numerous Hollywood film and TV productions and gained invaluable experience in the art of prosthetics. One of her many varied assignments was creating a body cast for Madonna. Returning to Europe she spent a year in Hamburg working with a specialist wig team on a theatre production of Cats, after which she began establishing her Hair and Image consultancy in the UK. Her film career reached its peak when she gained an EMMY nomination for her work on the Sc-fi series, Babylon Five.
Other credits include work on major productions such as Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Harry Potter, Troy, V for Vendetta, Casino Royale and the TV series, Casualty and Band Of Brothers. In 2008 Tania emigrated to Perth WA where she has been working for channel 9 doing the hair and make-up for the TV presenters and was also part of the hair and make-up team for the much loved and famous TV mini series CLOUD STREET. Tania has worked for MRGTV for the past four years and is a joy to work with!
Emma has recently completed her Communications degree at Edith Cowan University, where she majored in Broadcasting and Creative Services. Since beginning her time at MRG in 2010 through work experience, Emma has worked her way to being a scriptwriter at the company and has collaborated on many projects. Emma sees her position at MRG as a fantastic opportunity to develop her writing skills further as she hopes to have a long career in the industry. With a passion for all things televsion, Emma believes working at MRG TV is a perfect fit and is excited about what the future holds.
Lisa has always had a keen interest in music, theatre and the arts. She has just completed a Communications and Theatre degree at the University of Notre Dame and is keen to put everything she has learnt into practice! Lisa sees her work at MRG as a great opportunity to further her ambitions. She finds the work she has been doing at MRGTV exciting, interesting and challenging as her roles thus far have included Production Co-ordinator as well as presenting. These diverse roles have not only provided an invaluable experience in front of and behind the camera but have encouraged Lisa’s desire to further a career in this industry.