He is one of the busiest producers in the biz.
John Edwards has four drama projects on the go this year: Tangle (Showtime), Offspring, Rush (both TEN) and Spirited (W Channel). How on earth does he juggle such major work when other producers have their work cut out just staying on top of one?
“My work is based on a couple of significant collaborations,” he told TV Tonight.
“Generally speaking things have actually been fitting on the back of each other in a quite complimentary way.
“Although Spirited has been clashing because it’s in Sydney and everything else is in Melbourne. It’s been a little difficult with the last couple of weeks before Christmas and the next couple of weeks since.”
Two of his projects, Tangle and Offspring are joint projects with co-producer Imogen Banks, with whom he previously produced Dangerous.
“Tangle and Offspring are completely equal collaborations, as is Mimi (Butler) and I on Rush,” he says. “With Tangle a lot of the thinking was way back, so we’ve had a fair bit of time. Tangle‘s actually not been a dire pressure. Offspring was exactly the opposite. We pulled it together incredibly fast. It all happened in a great rush. And the ordering of the show happened in a way very quickly as well.
“No sooner had we finished shooting the telemovie, were we developing the series scripts, and we got well down the track on that.
“So it’s actually not that bad, it just looks superficially really frenzied.”
Tangle is currently shooting its second season in Melbourne while Rush begins shooting a new 22-episode season soon. Offspring series production kicks in mid-year. Spirited, currently in post-production, was to have aired March but has been pushed back.
Edwards says the scheduling between Rush, Offspring and Tangle is fine, but concedes the ‘bad bit’ is jetting backwards and forwards on aeroplanes.
On set for Tangle he admitted, “I should have gone back to a Spirited sound mix today. It’s up to sound mix 5 so bugger it. All the picture cutting is done, so the last couple of sound mixes can go without me.”
“Jacquelin (Perske) and Claudia (Karvan) are long-standing collaborations because of Love My Way, so it’s fine. We had to settle what we were making but once that was settled….it is very much their show, whereas Tangle and Offspring are ours (Edwards / Banks).
“Spirited is really them, and I had a ‘grandfather’ role on that show: helping things happen, helping solve problems and there for the financing,” he says.
“These (other projects) I’m more creatively central to whereas I’m a critic on Spirited rather than an instigator. So it’s a bit different.”