OVERVIEW
THE ORIGIN STORY
Storyteller
As a documentary filmmaker, Mike’s passion is producing character-driven stories that celebrate difference and find drama in the everyday. As a video journalist, Mike is a shooter-producer that seeks out small, investigative stories that need telling. Currently, Mike is the Supervising Producer on SBS2’s The Feed: a prime-time news, culture and current affairs show that airs weeknights.
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  • 2007
    2007

    Mike moves to London. As technical manager at Soho creative agency Maverick Media Ltd., Mike is responsible for managing the busy production studio and overseeing the technical delivery of programmes to broadcast and cinema Europe-wide.

  • 2009
    2009

    Mike flees the Global Financial Crisis and moves home to Sydney. He begins working as a video journalist at Fairfax Media, producing video news packages (shooting, editing, scripting and voicing) for Fairfax mastheads, including the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age online.

  • 2010
    2010

    Mike joins ABC News 24, just six months after it launches. He produces for the channel, lines up & outputs bulletins, and exercises editorial responsibility for output. As an associate producer, it is Mike’s responsibility to provide editorial guidance, supervision & training for other News 24 staff.

  • 2011
    2011

    Mike joins the esteemed ranks of AFTRS alumni, with a Graduate Certificate in Documentary from the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. He also completes a Masters in Development Studies at the University of New South Wales.

  • 2012
    2012

    Mike moves to Melbourne and joins The Project on Network Ten. As a features producer, Mike produces two four-minute stories a week. This includes: background research, field producing shoots, interviewing talent, writing scripts & managing the post-production process. In two years of working at The Project, Mike produces more than 100 stories totalling six hours of television. He receives a Commendation in the 2013 Yooralla Media Awards.

  • 2014
    2014

    Mike joins The Drum on ABC TV, as it relaunches and begins broadcasting on the main channel, ABC1. As the show’s only reporter, Mike creates two to four stories a week, of around 3 mins in length. As a video journalist, Mike shoots, edits, writes, presents and reports. He becomes known for his conversational, witty style of writing and no-nonsense editorials on the daily news cycle.

  • 2016
    2016

    Mike is one of three founding presenters & video-journalists on the ABC’s new Story Hunters project. He shoots, produces and presents one five-minute feature story a week. One of his first pieces on sign language interpreters for live music concerts is viewed more than 1.1 million times on Facebook.

  • 2016
    2016

    Mike becomes Supervising Producer of The Feed on SBS2. Working with an Executive Producer and a talented team of 23, Mike is responsible for overseeing the production of two and a half hours of prime-time television a week.

Reporter
A reporter for The Drum on ABC TV.
Producer
A features producer for The Project on Network Ten.
Shooter
Shot for The Project (Ten), Australia Wide (ABC), The Mix (ABC) & Story Hunters (iview). Owns Canon C100 mk ii kit.
Editor
Can edit to a professional standard on Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Aurora.
VIDEO JOURNALIST | DOCUMENTARY MAKER
MIKE CLAY
THE BASTARD SON OF A CHEF AND A CLOWN TEACHER, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH INEVITABLE THAT MIKE WOULD ONE DAY BE A STORYTELLER.

Currently, Mike is the Supervising Producer on SBS2’s The Feed: a prime-time news, culture and current affairs show that airs weeknights. Prior to that, he was a reporter for The Drum (ABC) and a features producer for The Project (Ten). Mike earned his stripes in journalism as an associate producer on ABC News 24. He has also freelanced as a video journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Guardian Australia.

When he’s not wielding a camera, Mike is teaching others how to hold one. He has taught multi-platform journalism at the University of New South Wales and AFTRS, Australia’s peak film training institute.

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STEVE MARTIN

Mike who? I’ve never met the guy in my life.

MIKE’S MUM

He was always such a good child. Who knows what went wrong?

ROBERT DE NIRO

Get away from me, kid. How many times do I have to tell you? I’m not giving you a testimonial.

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