Who is ‘the film fixer’?
Originally from the Gold Coast, Australia, (and Lower Hutt, New Zealand) Terry learnt how to work with and manage the needs of TV and production crews when he was the public relations coordinator for the Royal Australian Air Force aerobatic team, ‘The Roulettes’. His fourteen years in the Air Force has given him a sound background in people and operations management.
Terry moved full-time to Asia in early 2005 and has spent the past 10 years organizing and leading small group journeys through Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China and Japan. This experience as a tour leader and tour manager, has provided Terry with a unique understanding and knowledge of Asia and Asia-based touring. Terry has either lead or managed over 500 small group journeys in Indochina, and is therefore one of the most knowledgeable and experienced operators in Asia.
I don’t just work in Asia, I live here. It’s a part of me. When I’m not working with film crews, I’m researching new locations and extending my network beyond the capital cities.
When not fixing, Terry takes contract work in remote places – In 2010 Terry spent 6 months in Kabul, Afghanistan as an Operations manager for Supreme Group, and most recently with the Alliance Group in Papua New Guinea. During these overseas stints, he expanded his logistics and personal network, and now looks forward to returning to these countries with film and television crews. Terry currently holds a full time role as Director of Operations with Heritage Line, a dynamic cruise company offering guests an experience at once intimate, authentic and adventurous. – See more at: Heritage Line
Terry has experience managing the needs of single and multiple unit productions. Terry has worked with Channel Seven Australia’s Sunday Night and Sunrise; Roving Enterprises: Before the game and 7pm Project; Network Ten’s Good morning Australia , Sports Tonight and V8 Supercar productions; Channel Nine’s The AFL Footy Show and Wide World of Sport; The ABC’s ‘Sleek Geeks’ with Adam Spencer and Dr Karl, Cream Productions’ Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan & Modern Television’s (UK) journey to Burma with Griff Rhys Jones; as well as numerous film, television and sporting personalities – Australian film legend and hollywood star Jack Thompson, Australian media personality Grant Denyer, Australian Olympic swimmer and TV presenter Nicole Stevenson, Winter Olympic Gold Medalist Alisa Camplin, Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, AFL footballer Jason Akermanis, Supercar racing legends Greg Murphy and Jason Bargwanna, and Australian comedians Col Elliot, the late Lucky Grills, David Hughes and Julian Schiller. Most recently Terry was the lead fixer and location manager on the BBC Top Gear Special Burma.
Terry is the founder of Asia Film Fixers – a film and television production support company that provides ‘on the ground’ support – filming permits, government liaison, filming location management, logistics, equipment and crew. Since founding Asia Film Fixers, Terry has worked with BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Travel Channel to name a few.
Terry also has extensive experience developing travel and tour itineraries , specialising in unique and tailor-made itineraries throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. His network includes restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, hotel general managers, government officials, journalists and local tour guides, and by ‘keeping an ear to the ground’, Terry can provide unique experiences for both professional clients and for those who are interested in reading his blog.
I hope by providing travel stories, thoughts, advice and tips I can improve a fellow travelers experience in asia
Terry Gordon – The Film Fixer
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- HCMC Roundabout GP – H&A
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