Adam Kay is Mint Pictures Managing Director and Head of Programming. He started his television career in 1992 as a researcher for Clark TV working on the current affairs show ‘Hard News’ for Channel 4 in the UK. He quickly developed a taste for hard hitting journalism and worked on ‘Dispatches’ and numerous exposés for Channel 4.
After just two years in the industry he joined Chrysalis Television – at the time one of the UK’s fastest-growing independent TV companies. Initially a sports production company he worked as a producer on Arsenal TV; Lawn Bowls for the BBC and ‘NBA Basketball’ and ‘Planet Football’ for Channel 4.
Moving through the ranks quickly Adam was posted to New York to produce the NBA Basketball coverage for Channel 4 and was then made series editor for ITV. From here he diversified as he produced factual entertainment shows for North One Television including the infamous ‘Top Ten’ series for Channel 4.
A year in Australia saw him produce ‘The Winner is Sydney’ for Channel 7 and direct the Archery and segments of the marathon for Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation at the 2000 Olympics. In 2001 Adam returned to the UK as a director on the World Rally Championship and recced every inch of road on the WRC and produced a detailed camera schedule for his team of cameramen and production personnel.
In 2004 Adam made a permanent move from the UK to Sydney and was offered the role of a sports producer for Network Ten. He led a pool of production staff across the network’s flagship motorsport events such as Formula 1, MotoGP, Australian Rally Championship and Indy Car and on live events he produced all of the talent. After spending two years working for Network Ten he moved back to Chrysalis (now North One and a part of the All3Media empire) to run their Sydney office and became Head of Programming in March 2007.
Now Managing Director and Head of Programming at Mint Pictures (after purchasing North One Australia) he has experience in all television genres, oversaw the growth of North One in Australia and executive produced of all North One Australia’s/Mint’s content including the flagship contract with Tennis Australia; ‘Football Superstar’, ‘Cricket Superstar’ and ‘Gus Worland: Marathon Man’ for Foxtel; Bushwhacked! Brilliant Creatures and Code of Silence for the ABC and Red Bull ‘Cape Fear’ for Red Bull Media House. He won a Human Rights Award for the documentary ‘Football United’ for Foxtel and the prestigious Walkley Award for ‘Code of Silence’
Be it live or post production Adam’s skills are wide and varied and nothing leaves the Mint Pictures building without having his stamp on it. He is held in high esteem across the international television community and has produced, directed and executive produced at the Sydney Olympics 2000; Athens Olympics 2004; Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006; Doha Asian Games 2006; Beijing Olympics 2008 and in 2010 put together the production team and directed the much-acclaimed Archery coverage at the India Commonwealth Games.