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5 Minutes With: Miriam Eryan, producer E! Australia

By Briana Healey in Media News on
Miriam Eryan is a news and lifestyle television producer. She has previously worked at Mornings on 9, The Morning Show and The Daily Edition. Eryan also is the founder and editor of online magazine islethree.com.au.
 
Where do you work and what do you do?

I work at E! Australia on a show that has just launched called "The Hype." Working as a producer involves everything from chasing talent, locking in guests, interviewing, field producing, scouting locations for interviews, scripting, editing packages, daily research and pitching of segment ideas.
 
Have you ever made a stuff-up on the job and what did you learn from it?
 
I have made several! The worst has been locking in a guest for the wrong segment time when I was working at channel 9. Fortunately I've had forgiving mentors. Stuart Wallace at Channel 7 once told me "sometimes you have to sacrifice a bulletin or two in order to train the next wave of journos."
 
Amazing people like Stu remind you that mistakes happen but they're not the end of the world. All of my mistakes and mentors have taught me the value of triple checking everything I do!

How do you get on with PR professionals, and what are some tips they can use to maintain a great working relationship with your team at E!?
 
We need them as much as they need us. I have many great friends in PR. We're all wired the same in this industry. I think in order to maintain great working relationships it's important to have integrity (on both sides). Hold exclusives when you say you will, commit to promises, be flexible where possible and understand that we're all just trying to do our jobs as best we can.

What kind of ideas or concepts appeal to you most as a producer for E!
 
At E! We try to have a lot of fun with our guests. The Hype is all about being friends with celebrities not slandering their names. We're keen for guests to come on the show and let their hair down. They're the pitches we're looking for too. We need PR pros to send over celebrities, celebrity trainers, blogging sensations etc who will have fun with Ksenija Lukich, our host. We're interested in things/people/events that are trending. If it's celebrity focussed and making headlines - it's likely to get air-time on our show.
 
How has the television landscape changed for women over the past 5 years?
 
I'm happy to say the glass ceiling is close to broken as far as women in television go. I've been lucky to work under three female EPs so far. Sarah Stinson at 7, Natasha Daran at 9 and now Tess Marshall at E!

Each of these women are focussed, formidable and fierce when it comes to their careers and training the next breed of journalists and producers. We're seeing more women hold managerial positions, more women anchoring the news and more women refusing to put up with substandard treatment in the office. The focus when hiring anyone for a job has become about who can do it best.
 
Get in touch with Miriam at miriam@oxygen360.com.au or follow her Tweets at @MiriamEryan


 

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