Andrew Mercado has been named one of TV's most significant commentators and a walking TV encyclopedia.
Building on a diverse career in front of the camera and behind it, Andrew is now the proud owner of the South West Roxy Cinema and has moved to the Northern NSW beach town to run it. He follows in the steps of his grandfather who opened one of the first silent cinemas in Myanmar in the 1920s, a building which still stands today on the road to Mandalay.
Despite his sea change, Andrew continues to work in the media. He is heard across Australia on multiple ABC stations including Fiona Wylie’s NSW state-wide drive time show every Monday.
Andrew developed a love of TV and movies early on in his youth after hanging out every Saturday night with the projectionist at his local suburban picture theatre. His first job in television was at Movie World Studios as Location Manager for the series Paradise Beach. Following this, he became the Unit Publicist for such TV shows as The New Adventures of Flipper and Pacific Drive before moving to Foxtel to work at music station Channel [V].
He was quickly moved into an on-air role for which he is now fondly remembered by a generation of music fans as Super Mercado after becoming Channel [V]'s inaugural entertainment reporter in 1998. Later, he became the first VJ on sister channel Music Max. Whilst he would work simultaneously on both stations, eventually he crossed over to Max full time to create, produce and host the panel show The Know.
He appeared for seven years as Kerrie Anne's Movies Man and for SBS’ World Movies, his week of classic Aussie Exploitation gave the channel its highest ratings ever.
Andrew has been The Sunday Telegraph's TV writer and also wrote the comprehensive encyclopedia Super Aussie Soaps in 2004 all about Australia's greatest television dramas. He contributed to the book 100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema, co-wrote a guide about Prisoner for the world's biggest DVD box set and will next be writing about American TV for the upcoming book Very Special Episodes.
Over the years he has interviewed such A-listers as Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Fleetwood Mac but he also has loved meeting Aussie TV legends through his work as a TV Historian for the National Film and Sound Archive. He also curates the release of classic movies and TV shows onto DVD and Blu Ray for Umbrella Entertainment.
He also continues to work as a host and MC for charities such as ACON and Aurora.