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 writes for Mediaweek and is heard across Australia on multiple ABC stations including NSW Drive 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 as Location Manager for the series Paradise Beach, followed by being publicist for The New Adventures of Flipper and Pacific Drive.
He became known as Super Mercado after becoming Channel [V]'s inaugural entertainment reporter in 1998. Later, he became the first VJ on sister channel Music Max. For Showcase, he hosted the twice weekly TV review show The Playlist and later co-hosted Foxtel Movie Show.
For seven years he was Kerrie Anne's Movies Man and he hosted and curated three Aussie Exploitation marathons for SBS’ World Movies, bringing the channel their highest ratings ever.
Andrew is the author of Super Aussie Soaps, all about Australia's greatest television dramas. He has also contributed to 100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema, Prisoner DVD box set companion and for the world's biggest DVD box set and Very Special Episodes, a new book about US sitcoms. He has also written for The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald and TV Week.
He has worked as a TV Historian for National Film and Sound Archive and Umbrella Entertainment and he also owned and operated the South West Roxy Cinema on NSW's Mid North Coast.
Andrew is also a regular MC for LGBT charities such as Mardi Gras Parade hosting, ACON and Aurora.